NASA’s RS-25 rocket engine powered the space shuttles and four of them will be used to power the core stage of NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS), the launch vehicle that’ll bring humans to deep space missions like landing on asteroids and Mars. This two minute time lapse video shows how NASA assembles it.
Shuttle launches are audacious displays of smoke, steam, and a gigantic man-made vessel being thrust into space. Documenting in-the-moment details can be tricky—the press site for photographers is three miles from the pad itself. That just wasn't close enough for Dan Winters.
Having suffered Salmonella poisoning before, I can definitively say it is not fun. And that's why I'm pleased to hear that research on Salmonella and MSRA vaccines has been helped along by the now-defunct NASA Space Shuttle program.
5 million miles later, and Atlantis has arrived home with a thud, and likely a few tears in Nasa employees' eyes.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour has landed safely back on Earth for the final time, but NASA just released this swoon-worthy photo of the shuttle docked with the International Space Station a few days earlier.
If I didn't know any better, I'd think I was watching an experimental film and not footage of Space Shuttle Endeavor's last launch. At times, the visuals contained within the 37-plus minutes can only be described as accidentally beautiful.
One of the four space shuttles could soon be appearing at a museum near you. NASA has decided which institutions will win the fierce competition to host the Enterprise, the Endeavour, the Atlantis and the Discovery.
Since no one wanted to buy the space shuttles when NASA first offered them up for sale, the agency has decided to slash the price to a more modest $28.8 million each. And the engines? Free (pay only S+H).
Later today, Space Shuttle Atlantis will be lifting off from Florida for the last ever servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. Today's mission also marks the 30th mission for the Orbiter, which first launched in October of 1985 with STS-51-J.
If the rare event that something goes wrong on a space shuttle mission, NASA is ready with a rescue plan that would undoubtedly make many Hollywood directors and tough boy actors piss their pants.