This is how Discovery approached and landed safely on Runway 15 at the Kennedy Space Center, after successfully completing mission STS-133. Everyone loves the Space Shuttle launches, but the landings are quite exciting too—and terrifying, after the Columbia disaster.
I'm sure the astronauts laughed with this one—while trying to hold their emotions in their last mission day. [Gizmodo]
On the day of Discovery's final return to Earth, its crew and the crew of the International Space Station had an amazing wake up call from Captain James T. Kirk himself.
NASA has released this beautiful, crystal-clear video of Discovery's launch. It was taken from an HD camera mounted on the left solid rocket booster, during liftoff of the shuttle for mission STS-133.
Today, Discovery reached for the stars for the last time in history. The launch almost got canceled because of a last-minute range computer system display problem, but the engineers saved the day a couple of seconds before the launch window deadline. Here's the video of the launch.
With all of NASA's troubles getting Discovery's STS-133 mission off the ground, maybe it's time they looked for an expert opinion. Especially when Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge has officially offered his services. But did NASA accept?
With the Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-133 launch delayed for the time being, this poor humanoid gets thrown back into storage. Though I gotta admit, the foaminess of his storage crate looks makes it a pretty solid resting place.
After numerous space shuttle launch delays, I had to abandon Cape Canaveral and return to NYC, depressed because a) I'm not going to see the launch, b) it's cold and raining here and c) the strippers are better in Florida.
NASA says this is not a space diaper, but it is. They call it the Maximum Absorbency Garment. I call it the Space Pooper. But why do astronauts use them?
If you're a space nerd like me, you probably knew that the iconic countdown clock at the Kennedy Space Center was big. Yesterday—on my first day covering Discovery's Wednesday launch—I learnt it wasn't big. This thing is humongous.
NASA has been waking up astronauts with music since the beginning of the manned space program. Now, they not only want you to pick the music, but also submit your own for STS-134, the last space shuttle mission.
NASA has put a final date on the shuttle program: May 31 2010. That day, the shuttle will launch for the last time, putting an end to 29 years of amazing missions, two of them with tragic endings. The final will be STS-133, in which Endeavour "will carry critical spare components that will be placed on the outside of…