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NASA To Make Announcement On U.S. Human Spaceflights

Washington (AFP) — The company — or companies — that will build America’s next space taxi to carry astronauts to low Earth orbit and back is to be revealed Tuesday. NASA, which has been unable to send astronauts to space since the retirement of the shuttle in 2011, said the announcement would be made at […]

September 16, 2014

Henry ‘Hank’ Hartsfield Jr., Space Shuttle Astronaut, Dies At 80

By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times Over his career as an astronaut, Henry “Hank” Hartsfield Jr. spent many years in training and only 20 days in orbit — but they were very good days. “I’ve never had so much fun,” he once said of his first mission, a test flight of the shuttle Columbia that […]

July 24, 2014

As Atlantis Lands, Space Shuttle Era Comes to a Close

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Atlantis and four astronauts returned from the International Space Station in triumph Thursday, bringing an end to NASA’s 30-year shuttle journey with one last, rousing touchdown that drew cheers and tears. A record crowd of 2,000 gathered near the landing strip, thousands more packed Kennedy Space Center and countless others […]

July 21, 2011