After scrubbing Endeavor's planned Friday launch for 48 hours, NASA this weekend extended the delay indefinitely. The good news: the source of the previous electrical problem has been traced back to the avionics box in the shuttle's engine compartment. The bad news: they won't be able to replace it until at least May…
It's the longest video I'll ever recommend, but if you love space or photography or learning or just stunningly beautiful images, watch this compilation video of three NASA Space Shuttle launches. You're looking (and learning) from NASA's own point-of-view. It's amazing.
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.
With the Space Shuttle program winding down, NASA and several commercial ventures are developing technology that will hurl the next iteration of space vehicles into the sky. But NASA acknowledges that rockets aren't the only–or the best–way to get into space.
Contributing astronaut blogger Leroy Chiao continues his five-day mission to enlighten us about space travel, backtracking to the pre-launch period of nervous tension—and steak and eggs—then on to that unforgettable moment of explosive truth.