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STS-51 G Launch

STS-51 G Launch

(June 17, 1985) On June 17, 1985, Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-51 G mission launched on a Comsat deployment mission. It deployed three communication satellites. The mission lasted a little over seven days. ..I... more

Shuttle Enterprise Free Flight

Shuttle Enterprise Free Flight

(1977) The Space Shuttle prototype Enterprise flies free after being released from NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) over Rogers Dry Lakebed during the second of five free flights carried out at the Dry... more

Haise Commands First Enterprise Test Flights

Haise Commands First Enterprise Test Flights

The first crew members for the Space Shuttle Approach and Landing Tests (ALT) are photographed at the Rockwell International Space Division's Orbiter Assembly Facility at Palmdale, California. The Shuttle Enter... more

Astronaut Administrator Richard Truly

Astronaut Administrator Richard Truly

(October 1, 1979) Astronaut Richard H. Truly, pilot of the Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-2 and Commander of Shuttle Challenger on mission STS-8, became NASA's eighth Administrator on July 1, 1989. One d... more

Kathryn Sullivan Sets Altitude Record

Kathryn Sullivan Sets Altitude Record

(July 1, 1979) An unofficial sustained American aviation altitude record for women was set July 1, 1979, by astronaut candidate Kathryn D. Sullivan in a NASA WB-57F reconnaissance aircraft. .The record altitude... more

Exact shuttle mock-up at Space Center, Houston, Texas

Exact shuttle mock-up at Space Center, Houston, Texas

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... more

Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) Test Firing

Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) Test Firing

(May 21, 1981) A Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) undergoing a full power level 290.04 second test firing at the National Space Technology Laboratories (currently called the Stennis Space Center) in Mississippi... more

Shaving in Space

Shaving in Space

Date November 16, 1981.Description: Astronaut Joe Engle shaves in zero gravity atmosphere. Behind him is a fire extinguisher and a picture of George Abbey.

Columbia On Final Approach

Columbia On Final Approach

The underside of Columbia as it makes its final approach before landing on the Rogers Dry Lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The Shuttle was piloted by Richard Truly who would go on to become NASA's... more

COLUMBIA LANDING - EDWARDS AFB (EAFB), CA

COLUMBIA LANDING - EDWARDS AFB (EAFB), CA

S81-30455 (14 April 1981) --- The space shuttle Columbia with its landing gear in position near touchdown on a dry lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base in the desert area of southern California. Aboard the spacecr... more

STS-5

STS-5

Launch- November 11, 1982 .Landing- November 16, 1982 Edwards Air Force Base, Cal..Astronauts: Vance D. Brand, Robert F. Overmyer, Joseph P. Allen and William B. Lenoir .Space Shuttle: Columbia.STS-5 deployed t... more

STS-5 Launch

STS-5 Launch

(November 11, 1982) A view of the Space Shuttle Columbia's launch for the STS-5 mission on November 11, 1982. This was Columbia's first operational mission. ..Image # : S82-39532

Ride on the Flight Deck

Ride on the Flight Deck

(June 1983) Astronaut Sally K. Ride, mission specialist on STS-7, monitors control panels from the pilot's chair on the Flight Deck. Floating in front of her is a flight procedures notebook...Image # : S83-35783

STS-7 Landing

STS-7 Landing

(June 24, 1983) Space Shuttle Challenger's STS-7 mission landed on June 24, 1983 at Edwards Air Force Base, CA. ..Image # : s83-35790

STS-6

STS-6

Launch- April 4, 1983 .Landing- April 9, 1983 Edwards Air Force Base, Cal. .Astronauts: Paul J. Weitz, Karol J. Bobko, Donald H. Peterson and F. Story Musgrave.Space Shuttle: Challenger.STS-6 preformed the firs... more

STS-41-G Crew

STS-41-G Crew

(October 2, 1984) These five astronauts composed the crew for the STS-41-G mission aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. Leading the way is Astronaut Robert L. Crippen, the crew commander. He's followed by (from... more

STS-41D on Launch Pad

STS-41D on Launch Pad

(August 29, 1984) In this picture, Space Shuttle Discovery sits on Launch Pad 39A prior to the launch of its STS-41D mission. Scheduled to launch on June 26, 1984, the launch was aborted due to a hydrogen fire ... more

STS-51G Lands

STS-51G Lands

(June 24, 1985) Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-51G mission lands at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, marking the end of its seven day mission. ..Image # : 51g-s-225

STS-61-C Crew

STS-61-C Crew

(October 25, 1985) The Space Shuttle Columbia's STS-61-C crew pose for their official portrait. Robert L. Gibson (second right) was the mission commander; and Charles F. Bolden (second left) was the pilot. Miss... more

Major (MAJ) Terence T. Henricks, a test pilot assigned to the 57th Fighter Weapons Wing, poses for a photograph in front of an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. Henricks was among seven military personnel and five civilians recently selected to begin astronaut training for the shuttle program

Major (MAJ) Terence T. Henricks, a test pilot assigned to the 57th Fig...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Nellis Air Force Base State: Nevada (NV) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: A1C Cedric Rudisill Release Status: Rele... more

Challenger Rocket Booster

Challenger Rocket Booster

(January 28, 1986) At about 76 seconds, fragments of the Orbiter can be seen tumbling against a background of fire, smoke and vaporized propellants from the External Tank. The left Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) fl... more

Artist's conception of the deployment of ACTS

Artist's conception of the deployment of ACTS

(September 9, 1987) An artist's concept of the Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS) shown after release from the space shuttle's cargo bay. ACTS was launched on September 12, 1993 and built by Loc... more

Shuttle Engine - Out Test

Shuttle Engine - Out Test

(May 18, 1988) This is a test of what happens during launch if a Space Shuttle Main Engine fails. The test was conducted at what is now called the John H. Glenn Research Center.

Around Marshall

Around Marshall

Marshall's fifth Center Director, James R. Thompson (1986-1989), in the control room of the Solid Rocket Booster (SRB)automated thermal protection system (TPS) removal facility. Under Dr. Thompson's leadership,... more

STS-43 Launch

STS-43 Launch

The Space Shuttle Atlantis streaks skyward as sunlight pierces through the gap between the orbiter and ET assembly. Atlantis lifted off on the 42nd space shuttle flight at 11:02 a.m. EDT on August 2, 1991 carry... more

STS-40 Landing

STS-40 Landing

(June 14, 1991) The main landing gear of Space Shuttle Columbia touches on at Edwards Air Force Base in California at 11:39 EDT. The STS-40 mission was the first ever devoted solely to life sciences.

STS-45 Landing

STS-45 Landing

As the sun rises the morning of April 2, it casts a rosy glow over a steller performer, the orbiter Atlantis parked on Runway 33 of the Shuttle Landing Facility. Atlantis touched down at 6:23:6 a.m. EST, comple... more

Assembling Structures in the Payload Bay

Assembling Structures in the Payload Bay

STS-49 Mission Specialist (MS) Kathryn C. Thornton (foreground) releases a strut from the Multipurpose Experiment Support Structure (MPESS) strut dispenser during Assembly of Station by Extravehicular Activity ... more

STS-45 Launch

STS-45 Launch

With its twin solid rocket boosters and three main engines churning at seven million pounds of thrust, the Space Shuttle Atlantis thunders skyward from Launch Pad 39A. Liftoff of Mission STS-45 occurred at 8:13... more

STS-56 Launch

STS-56 Launch

The second try works like a charm as the Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off from Launch Pad 39B on Mission STS-56 at 1:29:00 a.m., EDT, April 8. First attempt to launch Discovery on its 16th space voyage was hal... more

Landing of STS-61 Shuttle Endeavour at Kennedy Space Center

Landing of STS-61 Shuttle Endeavour at Kennedy Space Center

STS061-S-071 (13 Dec 1993) --- A rear view of the Space Shuttle Endeavour as it touches down on the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), at 05:25:57:27 GMT (12:26 a.m. EST) December 13, 1993.... more

Endeavour with Columbia Ferry Flyby

Endeavour with Columbia Ferry Flyby

The Space Shuttle Endeavour receives a high-flying salute from its sister shuttle, Columbia, atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, shortly after Endeavor's landing October 12 1994, at Edwards, California, to co... more

STS-66 Atlantis Landing and Chute Deployment at Edwards

STS-66 Atlantis Landing and Chute Deployment at Edwards

The Space Shuttle Atlantis lands with its drag chute deployed on runway 22 at Edwards, California, to complete the STS-66 mission dedicated to the third flight of the Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and... more

STS-64 Launch

STS-64 Launch

The Space Shuttle Discovery soars skyward from Launch Pad 39B on Mission STS-64 at 6:22:35 p.m. EDT, September 9, 1994. On board were a crew of six: Commander Richard N. Richards; Pilot L. Blaine Hammond Jr.; a... more

Around Marshall

Around Marshall

STS-61 astronauts Kathryn Thornton, Jeffrey Hoffman and Thomas Akers (standing) sign autographs in Marshall Space Flight Center's Morris Auditorium, January 19, 1994. Space Shuttle crews traditionally visited N... more

Atlantis Docked to Mir

Atlantis Docked to Mir

This view of the Space Shuttle Atlantis still connected to Russia's Mir Space Station was photographed by the Mir-19 crew on July 4, 1995. Cosmonauts Anatoliy Y. Solovyev and Nikolai M. Budarin, Mir-19 Commande... more

STS-79

STS-79

Launched: September 16, 1996, 4:54:49 am EDT.Landing: September 26, 1996, 8:13:15 am ED, Kennedy Space Center, Florida.Space Shuttle: Atlantis.Crew: William F. Readdy (Commander), Terrence W. Wilcutt (Pilot), T... more

STS-80

STS-80

Launched: November 19, 1996, 2:55:47 p.m. EST.Landing: December 7, 1996, 6:49:05 a.m. EST, Kennedy Space Center, Florida.Space Shuttle: Columbia.Crew: Kenneth D. Cockrell (Commander), Kent V. Rominger (Pilot), ... more

Overhead View of Atlantis Stack Rollover

Overhead View of Atlantis Stack Rollover

The Space Shuttle Atlantis begins the slow journey to Launch Pad 39A from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). This dramatic view looking directly down onto the Shuttle atop the Mobile Launcher Platform (MLP) a... more

Asuncion, Paraguay

Asuncion, Paraguay

STS072-730-079 (11-20 Jan. 1996) --- Asuncion, capital city of Paraguay, South America (population 1.2 million) appears as de-vegetated countryside, in this 70mm photograph from the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Th... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The Space Shuttle orbiter Discovery touches down in darkness on Runway 15 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, bringing to a close the 10-day STS-82 mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Main gear touchdown was at 3:32:26 a.m. EST on February 21, 1997. It was the ninth nighttime landing in the history of the Shuttle program and the 35th landing at KSC. The first landing opportunity at KSC was waved off because of low clouds in the area. The seven-member crew performed a record-tying five back-to-back extravehicular activities (EVAs) or spacewalks to service the telescope, which has been in orbit for nearly seven years. Two new scientific instruments were installed, replacing two outdated instruments. Five spacewalks also were performed on the first servicing mission, STS-61, in December 1993. Only four spacewalks were scheduled for STS-82, but a fifth one was added during the flight to install several thermal blankets over some aging insulation covering three HST compartments containing key data processing, electronics and scientific instrument telemetry packages. Crew members are Mission Commander Kenneth D. Bowersox, Pilot Scott J. "Doc" Horowitz, Payload Commander Mark C. Lee, and Mission Specialists Steven L. Smith, Gregory J. Harbaugh, Joseph R. "Joe" Tanner and Steven A. Hawley. STS-82 was the 82nd Space Shuttle flight and the second mission of 1997 KSC-97pc352

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The Space Shuttle orbiter Discovery touc...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The Space Shuttle orbiter Discovery touches down in darkness on Runway 15 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, bringing to a close the 10-day STS-82 mission to service the Hubble S... more

The Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis, with its drag chute deployed, rolls out on Runway 33 of KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility at the conclusion of the nine-day STS-84 mission. The Shuttle Training Aircraft piloted by astronaut Kenneth D. Cockrell, acting deputy chief of the Astronaut Office, is flying above Atlantis. Main gear touchdown was at 9:27:44 EDT on May 24, 1997. The first landing opportunity was waved off because of low cloud cover. It was the 37th landing at KSC since the Shuttle program began in 1981, and the eighth consecutive landing at KSC. STS-84 was the sixth of nine planned dockings of the Space Shuttle with the Russian Space Station Mir. Atlantis was docked with the Mir for five days. STS-84 Mission Specialist C. Michael Foale replaced astronaut and Mir 23 crew member Jerry M. Linenger, who has been on the Russian space station since Jan. 15. Linenger returned to Earth on Atlantis with the rest of the STS-84 crew, Mission Commander Charles J. Precourt, Pilot Eileen Marie Collins, and Mission Specialists Carlos I. Noriega, Edward Tsang Lu, Elena V. Kondakova of the Russian Space Agency and JeanFrancois Clervoy of the European Space Agency. Foale is scheduled to remain on the Mir for approximately four months, until he is replaced by STS-86 crew member Wendy B. Lawrence in September. Besides the docking and crew exchange, STS-84 included the transfer of more than 7,300 pounds of water, logistics and science experiments and hardware to and from the Mir. Scientific experiments conducted during the STS-84 mission, and scheduled for Foale’s stay on the Mir, are in the fields of advanced technology, Earth sciences, fundamental biology, human life sciences, International Space Station risk mitigation, microgravity sciences and space sciences KSC-97PC845

The Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis, with its drag chute deployed, roll...

The Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis, with its drag chute deployed, rolls out on Runway 33 of KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility at the conclusion of the nine-day STS-84 mission. The Shuttle Training Aircraft piloted... more

The Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis touches down on Runway 33 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, bringing to an end the nine-day STS-84 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 9:27:44 EDT on May 24, 1997. The first landing opportunity was waved off because of low cloud cover. It was the 37th landing at KSC since the Shuttle program began in 1981, and the eighth consecutive landing at KSC. STS-84 was the sixth of nine planned dockings of the Space Shuttle with the Russian Space Station Mir. Atlantis was docked with the Mir for five days. STS-84 Mission Specialist C. Michael Foale replaced astronaut and Mir 23 crew member Jerry M. Linenger, who has been on the Russian space station since Jan. 15. Linenger returned to Earth on Atlantis with the rest of the STS-84 crew, Mission Commander Charles J. Precourt, Pilot Eileen Marie Collins, and Mission Specialists Carlos I. Noriega, Edward Tsang Lu, Elena V. Kondakova of the Russian Space Agency and JeanFrancois Clervoy of the European Space Agency. Foale is scheduled to remain on the Mir for approximately four months, until he is replaced by STS-86 crew member Wendy B. Lawrence in September. Besides the docking and crew exchange, STS-84 included the transfer of more than 7,300 pounds of water, logistics and science experiments and hardware to and from the Mir. Scientific experiments conducted during the STS-84 mission, and scheduled for Foale’s stay on the Mir, are in the fields of advanced technology, Earth sciences, fundamental biology, human life sciences, International Space Station risk mitigation, microgravity sciences and space sciences KSC-97PC839

The Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis touches down on Runway 33 of the KS...

The Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis touches down on Runway 33 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, bringing to an end the nine-day STS-84 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 9:27:44 EDT on May 24, 1997. The firs... more

The Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis touches down on Runway 33 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, bringing to an end the nine-day STS-84 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 9:27:44 EDT on May 24, 1997. The first landing opportunity was waved off because of low cloud cover. It was the 37th landing at KSC since the Shuttle program began in 1981, and the eighth consecutive landing at KSC. STS-84 was the sixth of nine planned dockings of the Space Shuttle with the Russian Space Station Mir. Atlantis was docked with the Mir for five days. STS-84 Mission Specialist C. Michael Foale replaced astronaut and Mir 23 crew member Jerry M. Linenger, who has been on the Russian space station since Jan. 15. Linenger returned to Earth on Atlantis with the rest of the STS-84 crew, Mission Commander Charles J. Precourt, Pilot Eileen Marie Collins, and Mission Specialists Carlos I. Noriega, Edward Tsang Lu, Elena V. Kondakova of the Russian Space Agency and JeanFrancois Clervoy of the European Space Agency. Foale is scheduled to remain on the Mir for approximately four months, until he is replaced by STS-86 crew member Wendy B. Lawrence in September. Besides the docking and crew exchange, STS-84 included the transfer of more than 7,300 pounds of water, logistics and science experiments and hardware to and from the Mir. Scientific experiments conducted during the STS-84 mission, and scheduled for Foale’s stay on the Mir, are in the fields of advanced technology, Earth sciences, fundamental biology, human life sciences, International Space Station risk mitigation, microgravity sciences and space sciences KSC-97PC843

The Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis touches down on Runway 33 of the KS...

The Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis touches down on Runway 33 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, bringing to an end the nine-day STS-84 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 9:27:44 EDT on May 24, 1997. The firs... more

The orbiter drag chute deploys after Atlantis touches down on Runway 33 of KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility at the conclusion of the nine-day STS-84 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 9:27:44 EDT on May 24, 1997. The first landing opportunity was waved off because of low cloud cover. It was the 37th landing at KSC since the Shuttle program began in 1981, and the eighth consecutive landing at KSC. STS-84 was the sixth of nine planned dockings of the Space Shuttle with the Russian Space Station Mir. Atlantis was docked with the Mir for five days. STS-84 Mission Specialist C. Michael Foale replaced astronaut and Mir 23 crew member Jerry M. Linenger, who has been on the Russian space station since Jan. 15. Linenger returned to Earth on Atlantis with the rest of the STS-84 crew, Mission Commander Charles J. Precourt, Pilot Eileen Marie Collins, and Mission Specialists Carlos I. Noriega, Edward Tsang Lu, Elena V. Kondakova of the Russian Space Agency and JeanFrancois Clervoy of the European Space Agency. Foale is scheduled to remain on the Mir for approximately four months, until he is replaced by STS-86 crew member Wendy B. Lawrence in September. Besides the docking and crew exchange, STS-84 included the transfer of more than 7,300 pounds of water, logistics and science experiments and hardware to and from the Mir. Scientific experiments conducted during the STS-84 mission, and scheduled for Foale’s stay on the Mir, are in the fields of advanced technology, Earth sciences, fundamental biology, human life sciences, International Space Station risk mitigation, microgravity sciences and space sciences KSC-97PC842

The orbiter drag chute deploys after Atlantis touches down on Runway 3...

The orbiter drag chute deploys after Atlantis touches down on Runway 33 of KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility at the conclusion of the nine-day STS-84 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 9:27:44 EDT on May 24, 1997... more

The orbiter drag chute deploys after Atlantis touches down on Runway 33 of KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility at the conclusion of the nine-day STS-84 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 9:27:44 EDT on May 24, 1997. The first landing opportunity was waved off because of low cloud cover. It was the 37th landing at KSC since the Shuttle program began in 1981, and the eighth consecutive landing at KSC. STS-84 was the sixth of nine planned dockings of the Space Shuttle with the Russian Space Station Mir. Atlantis was docked with the Mir for five days. STS-84 Mission Specialist C. Michael Foale replaced astronaut and Mir 23 crew member Jerry M. Linenger, who has been on the Russian space station since Jan. 15. Linenger returned to Earth on Atlantis with the rest of the STS-84 crew, Mission Commander Charles J. Precourt, Pilot Eileen Marie Collins, and Mission Specialists Carlos I. Noriega, Edward Tsang Lu, Elena V. Kondakova of the Russian Space Agency and JeanFrancois Clervoy of the European Space Agency. Foale is scheduled to remain on the Mir for approximately four months, until he is replaced by STS-86 crew member Wendy B. Lawrence in September. Besides the docking and crew exchange, STS-84 included the transfer of more than 7,300 pounds of water, logistics and science experiments and hardware to and from the Mir. Scientific experiments conducted during the STS-84 mission, and scheduled for Foale’s stay on the Mir, are in the fields of advanced technology, Earth sciences, fundamental biology, human life sciences, International Space Station risk mitigation, microgravity sciences and space sciences KSC-97PC841

The orbiter drag chute deploys after Atlantis touches down on Runway 3...

The orbiter drag chute deploys after Atlantis touches down on Runway 33 of KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility at the conclusion of the nine-day STS-84 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 9:27:44 EDT on May 24, 1997... more

The orbiter drag chute deploys after Atlantis touches down on Runway 33 of KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility at the conclusion of the nine-day STS-84 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 9:27:44 EDT on May 24, 1997. The first landing opportunity was waved off because of low cloud cover. It was the 37th landing at KSC since the Shuttle program began in 1981, and the eighth consecutive landing at KSC. STS-84 was the sixth of nine planned dockings of the Space Shuttle with the Russian Space Station Mir. Atlantis was docked with the Mir for five days. STS-84 Mission Specialist C. Michael Foale replaced astronaut and Mir 23 crew member Jerry M. Linenger, who has been on the Russian space station since Jan. 15. Linenger returned to Earth on Atlantis with the rest of the STS-84 crew, Mission Commander Charles J. Precourt, Pilot Eileen Marie Collins, and Mission Specialists Carlos I. Noriega, Edward Tsang Lu, Elena V. Kondakova of the Russian Space Agency and JeanFrancois Clervoy of the European Space Agency. Foale is scheduled to remain on the Mir for approximately four months, until he is replaced by STS-86 crew member Wendy B. Lawrence in September. Besides the docking and crew exchange, STS-84 included the transfer of more than 7,300 pounds of water, logistics and science experiments and hardware to and from the Mir. Scientific experiments conducted during the STS-84 mission, and scheduled for Foale’s stay on the Mir, are in the fields of advanced technology, Earth sciences, fundamental biology, human life sciences, International Space Station risk mitigation, microgravity sciences and space sciences KSC-97PC850

The orbiter drag chute deploys after Atlantis touches down on Runway 3...

The orbiter drag chute deploys after Atlantis touches down on Runway 33 of KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility at the conclusion of the nine-day STS-84 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 9:27:44 EDT on May 24, 1997... more

Framed by the Vehicle Assembly Building in the distance, at left, and the Mate-Demate Device, the Space Shuttle Atlantis with its drag chute deployed touches down on KSC’s Runway 33 at the conclusion of the STS-84 mission. The Shuttle Training Aircraft with astronaut Kenneth D. Cockrell at the controls is flying in front of Atlantis. Cockrell is acting deputy chief of the Astronaut Office. Main gear touchdown was at 9:27:44 EDT on May 24, 1997. The first landing opportunity was waved off because of low cloud cover. It was the 37th landing at KSC since the Shuttle program began in 1981, and the eighth consecutive landing at KSC. STS-84 was the sixth of nine planned dockings of the Space Shuttle with the Russian Space Station Mir. Atlantis was docked with the Mir for five days. STS-84 Mission Specialist C. Michael Foale replaced astronaut and Mir 23 crew member Jerry M. Linenger, who has been on the Russian space station since Jan. 15. Linenger returned to Earth on Atlantis with the rest of the STS-84 crew, Mission Commander Charles J. Precourt, Pilot Eileen Marie Collins, and Mission Specialists Carlos I. Noriega, Edward Tsang Lu, Elena V. Kondakova of the Russian Space Agency and Jean-Francois Clervoy of the European Space Agency. Foale is scheduled to remain on the Mir for approximately four months, until he is replaced by STS-86 crew member Wendy B. Lawrence in September. Besides the docking and crew exchange, STS-84 included the transfer of more than 7,300 pounds of water, logistics and science experiments and hardware to and from the Mir. Scientific experiments conducted during the STS-84 mission, and scheduled for Foale’s stay on the Mir, are in the fields of advanced technology, Earth sciences, fundamental biology, human life sciences, International Space Station risk mitigation, microgravity sciences and space sciences KSC-97PC844

Framed by the Vehicle Assembly Building in the distance, at left, and ...

Framed by the Vehicle Assembly Building in the distance, at left, and the Mate-Demate Device, the Space Shuttle Atlantis with its drag chute deployed touches down on KSC’s Runway 33 at the conclusion of the STS... more

The Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis touches down on Runway 33 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, bringing to an end the nine-day STS-84 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 9:27:44 EDT on May 24, 1997. The first landing opportunity was waved off because of low cloud cover. It was the 37th landing at KSC since the Shuttle program began in 1981, and the eighth consecutive landing at KSC. STS-84 was the sixth of nine planned dockings of the Space Shuttle with the Russian Space Station Mir. Atlantis was docked with the Mir for five days. STS-84 Mission Specialist C. Michael Foale replaced astronaut and Mir 23 crew member Jerry M. Linenger, who has been on the Russian space station since Jan. 15. Linenger returned to Earth on Atlantis with the rest of the STS-84 crew, Mission Commander Charles J. Precourt, Pilot Eileen Marie Collins, and Mission Specialists Carlos I. Noriega, Edward Tsang Lu, Elena V. Kondakova of the Russian Space Agency and JeanFrancois Clervoy of the European Space Agency. Foale is scheduled to remain on the Mir for approximately four months, until he is replaced by STS-86 crew member Wendy B. Lawrence in September. Besides the docking and crew exchange, STS-84 included the transfer of more than 7,300 pounds of water, logistics and science experiments and hardware to and from the Mir. Scientific experiments conducted during the STS-84 mission, and scheduled for Foale’s stay on the Mir, are in the fields of advanced technology, Earth sciences, fundamental biology, human life sciences, International Space Station risk mitigation, microgravity sciences and space sciences KSC-97PC852

The Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis touches down on Runway 33 of the KS...

The Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis touches down on Runway 33 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, bringing to an end the nine-day STS-84 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 9:27:44 EDT on May 24, 1997. The firs... more

The Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis rolls out on Runway 33 of KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility at the conclusion of the nine-day STS-84 mission. The Shuttle Training Aircraft piloted by astronaut Kenneth D. Cockrell, acting deputy chief of the Astronaut Office, is flying above Atlantis. The Vehicle Assembly Building is at left. Main gear touchdown was at 9:27:44 EDT on May 24, 1997. The first landing opportunity was waved off because of low cloud cover. It was the 37th landing at KSC since the Shuttle program began in 1981, and the eighth consecutive landing at KSC. STS-84 was the sixth of nine planned dockings of the Space Shuttle with the Russian Space Station Mir. Atlantis was docked with the Mir for five days. STS-84 Mission Specialist C. Michael Foale replaced astronaut and Mir 23 crew member Jerry M. Linenger, who has been on the Russian space station since Jan. 15. Linenger returned to Earth on Atlantis with the rest of the STS-84 crew, Mission Commander Charles J. Precourt, Pilot Eileen Marie Collins, and Mission Specialists Carlos I. Noriega, Edward Tsang Lu, Elena V. Kondakova of the Russian Space Agency and JeanFrancois Clervoy of the European Space Agency. Foale is scheduled to remain on the Mir for approximately four months, until he is replaced by STS-86 crew member Wendy B. Lawrence in September. Besides the docking and crew exchange, STS-84 included the transfer of more than 7,300 pounds of water, logistics and science experiments and hardware to and from the Mir. Scientific experiments conducted during the STS-84 mission, and scheduled for Foale’s stay on the Mir, are in the fields of advanced technology, Earth sciences, fundamental biology, human life sciences, International Space Station risk mitigation, microgravity sciences and space sciences KSC-97PC851

The Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis rolls out on Runway 33 of KSC’s Shu...

The Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis rolls out on Runway 33 of KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility at the conclusion of the nine-day STS-84 mission. The Shuttle Training Aircraft piloted by astronaut Kenneth D. Cockre... more

The Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis touches down on Runway 33 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, bringing to an end the nine-day STS-84 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 9:27:44 EDT on May 24, 1997. The first landing opportunity was waved off because of low cloud cover. It was the 37th landing at KSC since the Shuttle program began in 1981, and the eighth consecutive landing at KSC. STS-84 was the sixth of nine planned dockings of the Space Shuttle with the Russian Space Station Mir. Atlantis was docked with the Mir for five days. STS-84 Mission Specialist C. Michael Foale replaced astronaut and Mir 23 crew member Jerry M. Linenger, who has been on the Russian space station since Jan. 15. Linenger returned to Earth on Atlantis with the rest of the STS-84 crew, Mission Commander Charles J. Precourt, Pilot Eileen Marie Collins, and Mission Specialists Carlos I. Noriega, Edward Tsang Lu, Elena V. Kondakova of the Russian Space Agency and JeanFrancois Clervoy of the European Space Agency. Foale is scheduled to remain on the Mir for approximately four months, until he is replaced by STS-86 crew member Wendy B. Lawrence in September. Besides the docking and crew exchange, STS-84 included the transfer of more than 7,300 pounds of water, logistics and science experiments and hardware to and from the Mir. Scientific experiments conducted during the STS-84 mission, and scheduled for Foale’s stay on the Mir, are in the fields of advanced technology, Earth sciences, fundamental biology, human life sciences, International Space Station risk mitigation, microgravity sciences and space sciences KSC-97PC838

The Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis touches down on Runway 33 of the KS...

The Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis touches down on Runway 33 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, bringing to an end the nine-day STS-84 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 9:27:44 EDT on May 24, 1997. The firs... more

The Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis glides in for a landing on Runway 33 at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility at the conclusion of the nine-day STS-84 mission. It will be the 37th landing at KSC since the Shuttle program began in 1981, and the eighth consecutive landing at KSC. STS-84 was the sixth of nine planned dockings of the Space Shuttle with the Russian Space Station Mir. Atlantis was docked with the Mir for five days. STS-84 Mission Specialist C. Michael Foale replaced astronaut and Mir 23 crew member Jerry M. Linenger, who has been on the Russian space station since Jan. 15. Linenger returned to Earth on Atlantis with the rest of the STS-84 crew, Mission Commander Charles J. Precourt, Pilot Eileen Marie Collins, and Mission Specialists Carlos I. Noriega, Edward Tsang Lu, Elena V. Kondakova of the Russian Space Agency and Jean-Francois Clervoy of the European Space Agency. Foale is scheduled to remain on the Mir for approximately four months, until he is replaced by STS-86 crew member Wendy B. Lawrence in September. Besides the docking and crew exchange, STS-84 included the transfer of more than 7,300 pounds of water, logistics and science experiments and hardware to and from the Mir. Scientific experiments conducted during the STS-84 mission, and scheduled for Foale’s stay on the Mir, are in the fields of advanced technology, Earth sciences, fundamental biology, human life sciences, International Space Station risk mitigation, microgravity sciences and space sciences KSC-97PC840

The Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis glides in for a landing on Runway 3...

The Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis glides in for a landing on Runway 33 at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility at the conclusion of the nine-day STS-84 mission. It will be the 37th landing at KSC since the Shuttle p... more

Moon Framed

Moon Framed

The moon is framed between the Orbiter's OMS pod and the Earth limb over the Atlantic Ocean as seen from the aft windows onboard Discovery on mission STS-95. ..Image # : STS095-713-063

STS-91 Landing

STS-91 Landing

(June 12, 1998) The Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-91 mission landed on June 12, 1998 at the Kennedy Space Center. The landing marked the end of the Shuttle-Mir program and an 812-day continuous U.S. presence in... more

STS-26 Return to Flight Launch

STS-26 Return to Flight Launch

The Return to Flight launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery and its five-man crew from Pad 39B at 11:37 a.m. September 29, 1988, as Discovery embarked on a four- day, one-hour mission. ..Image # : 88PC-1001

STS-90 Landing

STS-90 Landing

(May 3, 1998) Flying along the Indian River toward KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility is the orbiter Columbia as it nears touchdown on Runway 33 to complete the nearly 16-day STS-90 mission. This unique view with T... more

Brown and Glenn on Flight Deck Press Conference

Brown and Glenn on Flight Deck Press Conference

(October 31, 1998) STS-95 mission Commander Curtis Brown (left) and Payload Specialist John Glenn are photographed on the aft flight deck of Discovery during a press conference. ..Image # : STS095-339-001

The STS-90 Neurolab payload is honored with a ceremony after being lowered into its payload canister in KSC's Operations and Checkout Building for the last time. This phase of the Shuttle program is winding down as the second phase of the International Space Station (ISS) program gets under way. Microgravity and life science research that formerly was conducted in Spacelab modules, such as Neurolab, will eventually be conducted inside the completed ISS. Investigations during the Neurolab mission will focus on the effects of microgravity on the nervous system. The crew of STS-90, slated for launch in April, will include Commander Richard Searfoss, Pilot Scott Altman, Mission Specialists Richard Linnehan, Dafydd (Dave) Williams, M.D., and Kathryn (Kay) Hire, and Payload Specialists Jay Buckey, M.D., and James Pawelczyk, Ph.D KSC-98pc280

The STS-90 Neurolab payload is honored with a ceremony after being low...

The STS-90 Neurolab payload is honored with a ceremony after being lowered into its payload canister in KSC's Operations and Checkout Building for the last time. This phase of the Shuttle program is winding dow... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Discovery is being prepped inside the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) bay 1 for a "roll around" to OPF bay 3 where ongoing payload and ground processing assessments will be completed.  Managers will then determine when to roll the orbiter to the Vehicle Assembly Building for stacking with the external tank and soid rocket boosters, and when to roll out to Launch Pad 39A.  Discovery is scheduled to launch Oct. 5 at 9:30 p.m. EDT on mission STS-92, which will be the 100th flight in the Shuttle program. KSC-00pp1187

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Discovery is being prepped i...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Discovery is being prepped inside the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) bay 1 for a "roll around" to OPF bay 3 where ongoing payload and ground processing assessments w... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Discovery is being prepped inside the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) bay 1 for a "roll around" to OPF bay 3 where ongoing payload and ground processing assessments will be completed.  Managers will then determine when to roll the orbiter to the Vehicle Assembly Building for stacking with the external tank and soid rocket boosters, and when to roll out to Launch Pad 39A.  Discovery is scheduled to launch Oct. 5 at 9:30 p.m. EDT on mission STS-92, which will be the 100th flight in the Shuttle program. KSC00pp1187

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Discovery is being prepped i...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Discovery is being prepped inside the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) bay 1 for a "roll around" to OPF bay 3 where ongoing payload and ground processing assessments w... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Discovery is rolled out of the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3 for transfer to the Vehicle Assembly Building, where it will be mated with its external tank and solid rocket boosters. Discovery is scheduled to launch Oct. 5 at 9:30 p.m. EDT on mission STS-92, delivering two elements of the International Space Station: the Z-1 truss and PMA-3. The launch will be the 100th flight in the Shuttle program. KSC-00pp1200

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Discovery is rolled out of t...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Discovery is rolled out of the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3 for transfer to the Vehicle Assembly Building, where it will be mated with its external tank and solid ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Discovery is rolled out of the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3 for transfer to the Vehicle Assembly Building, where it will be mated with its external tank and solid rocket boosters. Discovery is scheduled to launch Oct. 5 at 9:30 p.m. EDT on mission STS-92, delivering two elements of the International Space Station: the Z-1 truss and PMA-3. The launch will be the 100th flight in the Shuttle program. KSC00pp1200

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Discovery is rolled out of t...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The orbiter Discovery is rolled out of the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3 for transfer to the Vehicle Assembly Building, where it will be mated with its external tank and solid ... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- After completing emergency egress training at Launch Pad 39A, the STS-92 crew poses for a photo. Standing, left to right, are Pilot Pamela Ann Melroy, Commander Brian Duffy and Mission Specialists Michael Lopez-Alegria, Peter J.K. “Jeff” Wisoff, Leroy Chiao, William S. McArthur Jr. and Koichi Wakata of Japan. The training is part of Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test activities that also include a simulated countdown. STS-92 is scheduled to launch Oct. 5 at 9:38 p.m. EDT on the fifth flight to the International Space Station. It will carry two elements of the space station, the Integrated Truss Structure Z1 and the third Pressurized Mating Adapter. The mission is also the 100th flight in the Shuttle program.  Photo credit: NASA KSC-00PP-1383

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- After completing emergency egress training at ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- After completing emergency egress training at Launch Pad 39A, the STS-92 crew poses for a photo. Standing, left to right, are Pilot Pamela Ann Melroy, Commander Brian Duffy and Mission S... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Upon touchdown on Runway 15 of KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility, Atlantis’s drag chute opens to help slow the vehicle. At the controls are Commander Terrence W. Wilcutt and Pilot Scott D. Altman. Also on board the orbiter are Mission Specialists Edward T. Lu, Yuri I. Malenchenko, Boris V. Morukov, Richard A. Mastracchio and Daniel C. Burbank. Malenchenko and Morukov are with the Russian Aviation and Space Agency. Atlantis and crew traveled 4.9 million miles on the 11-day, 19-hour, 11-minute STS-106 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 3:56:48 a.m. EDT, landing on orbit 185 of the mission. Nose gear touchdown was at 3:56:57 a.m. EDT and wheel stop at 3:58:01 a.m. EDT. The crew has returned from the International Space Station where they transferred nearly 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies for use by the first resident crew expected to arrive in November. This was the 99th flight in the Shuttle program and the 22nd for Atlantis. STS-106 also marked the 15th nighttime landing in Shuttle history and the 23rd consecutive landing at KSC KSC00pp1395

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Upon touchdown on Runway 15 of KSC’s Shu...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Upon touchdown on Runway 15 of KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility, Atlantis’s drag chute opens to help slow the vehicle. At the controls are Commander Terrence W. Wilcutt and Pilot Sco... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-106 crew poses for a photograph after a successful mission and landing. Standing, left to right, are Mission Specialists Yuri I. Malenchenko, Boris V. Morukov, Daniel C. Burbank and Richard A. Mastracchio; Pilot Scott D. Altman; Mission Specialist Edward T. Lu; and Commander Terrence W. Wilcutt.; Main gear touchdown occurred on-time at 3:56:48 a.m. EDT.; Atlantis and crew traveled 4.9 million miles on the 11-day, 19-hour, 11-minute STS-106 mission. During the mission to the International Space Station, the crew transferred nearly 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies for use by the first resident crew expected to arrive in November. STS-106 was the 99th flight in the Shuttle program and the 22nd for Atlantis. STS-106 also marked the 15th nighttime landing in Shuttle history and the 23rd consecutive landing at KSC KSC-00pp1398

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-106 crew poses for a photograph ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-106 crew poses for a photograph after a successful mission and landing. Standing, left to right, are Mission Specialists Yuri I. Malenchenko, Boris V. Morukov, Daniel C. Bu... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Space Shuttle Atlantis appears ghostlike in the runway lights as it touches down on the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility Runway 15. At the controls are Commander Terrence W. Wilcutt and Pilot Scott D. Altman. Also on board the orbiter are Mission Specialists Edward T. Lu, Yuri I. Malenchenko, Boris V. Morukov, Richard A. Mastracchio and Daniel C. Burbank. Malenchenko and Morukov are with the Russian Aviation and Space Agency. Atlantis and crew traveled 4.9 million miles on the 11-day, 19-hour, 11-minute STS-106 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 3:56:48 a.m. EDT, landing on orbit 185 of the mission. Nose gear touchdown was at 3:56:57 a.m. EDT and wheel stop at 3:58:01 a.m. EDT. The crew has returned from the International Space Station where they transferred nearly 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies for use by the first resident crew expected to arrive in November. This was the 99th flight in the Shuttle program and the 22nd for Atlantis. STS-106 also marked the 15th nighttime landing in Shuttle history and the 23rd consecutive landing at KSC KSC00pp1394

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Space Shuttle Atlantis appears ghostlike...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Space Shuttle Atlantis appears ghostlike in the runway lights as it touches down on the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility Runway 15. At the controls are Commander Terrence W. Wilcutt an... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Standing in front of the orbiter Atlantis after a successful landing at the Shuttle Landing Facility, the STS-106 crew greets the media and onlookers. Standing, left to right, are Mission Specialists Yuri I. Malenchenko, Boris V. Morukov, Daniel C. Burbank and Richard A. Mastracchio; Pilot Scott D. Altman; Mission Specialist Edward T. Lu; and Commander Terrence W. Wilcutt at the microphone. Main gear touchdown occurred on-time at 3:56:48 a.m. EDT.; Atlantis and crew traveled 4.9 million miles on the 11-day, 19-hour, 11-minute STS-106 mission. During the mission to the International Space Station, the crew transferred nearly 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies for use by the first resident crew expected to arrive in November. STs-106 was the 99th flight in the Shuttle program and the 22nd for Atlantis. STS-106 also marked the 15th nighttime landing in Shuttle history and the 23rd consecutive landing at KSC KSC-00pp1397

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Standing in front of the orbiter Atlanti...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Standing in front of the orbiter Atlantis after a successful landing at the Shuttle Landing Facility, the STS-106 crew greets the media and onlookers. Standing, left to right, are ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The orbiter Atlantis nears touchdown on Runway 15 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility. Atlantis and crew traveled 4.9 million miles on the 11-day, 19-hour, 11-minute mission STS-106. Main gear touchdown occurred on-time at 3:56:48 a.m. EDT. During the mission to the International Space Station, the crew transferred nearly 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies for use by the first resident crew expected to arrive in November. STS-106 was the 99th flight in the Shuttle program and the 22nd for Atlantis. STS-106 also marked the 15th nighttime landing in Shuttle history and the 23rd consecutive landing at KSC KSC00pp1400

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The orbiter Atlantis nears touchdown on ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The orbiter Atlantis nears touchdown on Runway 15 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility. Atlantis and crew traveled 4.9 million miles on the 11-day, 19-hour, 11-minute mission STS-10... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Atlantis’ main gear touchdown on Runway 15 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility kicks up swirls of dust reflected in the runway lights. Atlantis and crew traveled 4.9 million miles on the 11-day, 19-hour, 11-minute mission STS-106. Main gear touchdown occurred on-time at 3:56:48 a.m. EDT. During the mission to the International Space Station, the crew transferred nearly 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies for use by the first resident crew expected to arrive in November. STS-106 was the 99th flight in the Shuttle program and the 22nd for Atlantis. STS-106 also marked the 15th nighttime landing in Shuttle history and the 23rd consecutive landing at KSC KSC00pp1401

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Atlantis’ main gear touchdown on Runway ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Atlantis’ main gear touchdown on Runway 15 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility kicks up swirls of dust reflected in the runway lights. Atlantis and crew traveled 4.9 million miles ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Atlantis’ main gear touchdown on Runway 15 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility kicks up swirls of dust reflected in the runway lights. Atlantis and crew traveled 4.9 million miles on the 11-day, 19-hour, 11-minute mission STS-106. Main gear touchdown occurred on-time at 3:56:48 a.m. EDT. During the mission to the International Space Station, the crew transferred nearly 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies for use by the first resident crew expected to arrive in November. STS-106 was the 99th flight in the Shuttle program and the 22nd for Atlantis. STS-106 also marked the 15th nighttime landing in Shuttle history and the 23rd consecutive landing at KSC KSC-00pp1401

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Atlantis’ main gear touchdown on Runway ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Atlantis’ main gear touchdown on Runway 15 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility kicks up swirls of dust reflected in the runway lights. Atlantis and crew traveled 4.9 million miles ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Standing in front of the orbiter Atlantis after a successful landing at the Shuttle Landing Facility, the STS-106 crew greets the media and onlookers. Standing, left to right, are Mission Specialists Yuri I. Malenchenko, Boris V. Morukov, Daniel C. Burbank and Richard A. Mastracchio; Pilot Scott D. Altman; Mission Specialist Edward T. Lu; and Commander Terrence W. Wilcutt at the microphone. Main gear touchdown occurred on-time at 3:56:48 a.m. EDT.; Atlantis and crew traveled 4.9 million miles on the 11-day, 19-hour, 11-minute STS-106 mission. During the mission to the International Space Station, the crew transferred nearly 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies for use by the first resident crew expected to arrive in November. STs-106 was the 99th flight in the Shuttle program and the 22nd for Atlantis. STS-106 also marked the 15th nighttime landing in Shuttle history and the 23rd consecutive landing at KSC KSC00pp1397

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Standing in front of the orbiter Atlanti...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Standing in front of the orbiter Atlantis after a successful landing at the Shuttle Landing Facility, the STS-106 crew greets the media and onlookers. Standing, left to right, are ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Space Shuttle Atlantis appears ghostlike in the runway lights as it touches down on the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility Runway 15. At the controls are Commander Terrence W. Wilcutt and Pilot Scott D. Altman. Also on board the orbiter are Mission Specialists Edward T. Lu, Yuri I. Malenchenko, Boris V. Morukov, Richard A. Mastracchio and Daniel C. Burbank. Malenchenko and Morukov are with the Russian Aviation and Space Agency. Atlantis and crew traveled 4.9 million miles on the 11-day, 19-hour, 11-minute STS-106 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 3:56:48 a.m. EDT, landing on orbit 185 of the mission. Nose gear touchdown was at 3:56:57 a.m. EDT and wheel stop at 3:58:01 a.m. EDT. The crew has returned from the International Space Station where they transferred nearly 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies for use by the first resident crew expected to arrive in November. This was the 99th flight in the Shuttle program and the 22nd for Atlantis. STS-106 also marked the 15th nighttime landing in Shuttle history and the 23rd consecutive landing at KSC KSC-00pp1394

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Space Shuttle Atlantis appears ghostlike...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Space Shuttle Atlantis appears ghostlike in the runway lights as it touches down on the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility Runway 15. At the controls are Commander Terrence W. Wilcutt an... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The orbiter Atlantis nears touchdown on Runway 15 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility. Atlantis and crew traveled 4.9 million miles on the 11-day, 19-hour, 11-minute mission STS-106. Main gear touchdown occurred on-time at 3:56:48 a.m. EDT. During the mission to the International Space Station, the crew transferred nearly 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies for use by the first resident crew expected to arrive in November. STS-106 was the 99th flight in the Shuttle program and the 22nd for Atlantis. STS-106 also marked the 15th nighttime landing in Shuttle history and the 23rd consecutive landing at KSC KSC-00pp1400

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The orbiter Atlantis nears touchdown on ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The orbiter Atlantis nears touchdown on Runway 15 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility. Atlantis and crew traveled 4.9 million miles on the 11-day, 19-hour, 11-minute mission STS-10... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Atlantis is silhouetted by the brilliant runway lights as it lands on Runway 15 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility. Main gear touchdown was at 3:56:48 a.m. EDT, landing on orbit 185 of the mission. Nose gear touchdown was at 3:56:57 a.m. EDT and wheel stop at 3:58:01 a.m. EDT.; Atlantis and crew traveled 4.9 million miles on the 11-day, 19-hour, 11-minute mission STS-106. During the mission to the International Space Station, the crew transferred nearly 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies for use by the first resident crew expected to arrive in November. STS-106 was the 99th flight in the Shuttle program and the 22nd for Atlantis. STS-106 also marked the 15th nighttime landing in Shuttle history and the 23rd consecutive landing at KSC KSC00pp1399

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Atlantis is silhouetted by the brilliant...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Atlantis is silhouetted by the brilliant runway lights as it lands on Runway 15 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility. Main gear touchdown was at 3:56:48 a.m. EDT, landing on orbit 1... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Atlantis is silhouetted by the brilliant runway lights as it lands on Runway 15 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility. Main gear touchdown was at 3:56:48 a.m. EDT, landing on orbit 185 of the mission. Nose gear touchdown was at 3:56:57 a.m. EDT and wheel stop at 3:58:01 a.m. EDT.; Atlantis and crew traveled 4.9 million miles on the 11-day, 19-hour, 11-minute mission STS-106. During the mission to the International Space Station, the crew transferred nearly 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies for use by the first resident crew expected to arrive in November. STS-106 was the 99th flight in the Shuttle program and the 22nd for Atlantis. STS-106 also marked the 15th nighttime landing in Shuttle history and the 23rd consecutive landing at KSC KSC-00pp1399

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Atlantis is silhouetted by the brilliant...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Atlantis is silhouetted by the brilliant runway lights as it lands on Runway 15 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility. Main gear touchdown was at 3:56:48 a.m. EDT, landing on orbit 1... more

STS106-S-016 (20 September 2000) --- An aft view shows the Space Shuttle Atlantis nears its touchdown point on Runway 33 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility. Main gear touchdown was at 3:56:48 a.m. (EDT), September 20, 2000, landing on orbit 185 of the mission. Nose gear touchdown was at 3:56:57 a.m. EDT and wheel stop at 3:58:01 a.m. (EDT).  Atlantis and crew traveled 4.9 million miles on the 11-day, 19-hour, 11-minute mission STS-106. During the mission to the International Space Station, the crew transferred nearly 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies for use by the first resident crew expected to arrive in November. STS-106 was the 99th flight in the Shuttle program and the 22nd for Atlantis. STS-106 also marked the 15th nighttime landing in Shuttle history and the 23rd consecutive landing at KSC. STS106-s-016

STS106-S-016 (20 September 2000) --- An aft view shows the Space Shutt...

STS106-S-016 (20 September 2000) --- An aft view shows the Space Shuttle Atlantis nears its touchdown point on Runway 33 of the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility. Main gear touchdown was at 3:56:48 a.m. (EDT), Septe... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-106 crew poses for a photograph after a successful mission and landing. Standing, left to right, are Mission Specialists Yuri I. Malenchenko, Boris V. Morukov, Daniel C. Burbank and Richard A. Mastracchio; Pilot Scott D. Altman; Mission Specialist Edward T. Lu; and Commander Terrence W. Wilcutt.; Main gear touchdown occurred on-time at 3:56:48 a.m. EDT.; Atlantis and crew traveled 4.9 million miles on the 11-day, 19-hour, 11-minute STS-106 mission. During the mission to the International Space Station, the crew transferred nearly 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies for use by the first resident crew expected to arrive in November. STS-106 was the 99th flight in the Shuttle program and the 22nd for Atlantis. STS-106 also marked the 15th nighttime landing in Shuttle history and the 23rd consecutive landing at KSC KSC00pp1398

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-106 crew poses for a photograph ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-106 crew poses for a photograph after a successful mission and landing. Standing, left to right, are Mission Specialists Yuri I. Malenchenko, Boris V. Morukov, Daniel C. Bu... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the Shuttle Landing Facility, KSC Launch Director Michael Leinbach (shaking hands) greets STS-106 Pilot Scott D. Altman and Commander Terrence W. Wilcutt after their successful mission and landing. Just behind Leinbach is Jim Halsell, manager of Space Shuttle Launch Integration and former Shuttle Commander, plus other dignitaries on hand to welcome the crew home. Landing occurred on-time at 3:56:48 a.m. EDT.  Atlantis and crew traveled 4.9 million miles on the 11-day, 19-hour, 11-minute STS-106 mission. During the mission to the International Space Station, the crew transferred nearly 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies for use by the first resident crew expected to arrive in November. STs-106 was the 99th flight in the Shuttle program and the 22nd for Atlantis. STS-106 also marked the 15th nighttime landing in Shuttle history and the 23rd consecutive landing at KSC KSC-00pp1396

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the Shuttle Landing Facility, KSC Lau...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the Shuttle Landing Facility, KSC Launch Director Michael Leinbach (shaking hands) greets STS-106 Pilot Scott D. Altman and Commander Terrence W. Wilcutt after their successful ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Upon touchdown on Runway 15 of KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility, Atlantis’s drag chute opens to help slow the vehicle. At the controls are Commander Terrence W. Wilcutt and Pilot Scott D. Altman. Also on board the orbiter are Mission Specialists Edward T. Lu, Yuri I. Malenchenko, Boris V. Morukov, Richard A. Mastracchio and Daniel C. Burbank. Malenchenko and Morukov are with the Russian Aviation and Space Agency. Atlantis and crew traveled 4.9 million miles on the 11-day, 19-hour, 11-minute STS-106 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 3:56:48 a.m. EDT, landing on orbit 185 of the mission. Nose gear touchdown was at 3:56:57 a.m. EDT and wheel stop at 3:58:01 a.m. EDT. The crew has returned from the International Space Station where they transferred nearly 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies for use by the first resident crew expected to arrive in November. This was the 99th flight in the Shuttle program and the 22nd for Atlantis. STS-106 also marked the 15th nighttime landing in Shuttle history and the 23rd consecutive landing at KSC KSC-00pp1395

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Upon touchdown on Runway 15 of KSC’s Shu...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Upon touchdown on Runway 15 of KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility, Atlantis’s drag chute opens to help slow the vehicle. At the controls are Commander Terrence W. Wilcutt and Pilot Sco... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Space Shuttle Atlantis presents a ghostlike image in the runway lights as it approaches touchdown on the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility Runway 15. At the controls are Commander Terrence W. Wilcutt and Pilot Scott D. Altman. Also on board the orbiter are Mission Specialists Edward T. Lu, Yuri I. Malenchenko, Boris V. Morukov, Richard A. Mastracchio and Daniel C. Burbank. Malenchenko and Morukov are with the Russian Aviation and Space Agency. Atlantis and crew traveled 4.9 million miles on the 11-day, 19-hour, 11-minute STS-106 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 3:56:48 a.m. EDT, landing on orbit 185 of the mission. Nose gear touchdown was at 3:56:57 a.m. EDT and wheel stop at 3:58:01 a.m. EDT. The crew has returned from the International Space Station where they transferred nearly 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies for use by the first resident crew expected to arrive in November. This was the 99th flight in the Shuttle program and the 22nd for Atlantis. STS-106 also marked the 15th nighttime landing in Shuttle history and the 23rd consecutive landing at KSC KSC00pp1393

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Space Shuttle Atlantis presents a ghostl...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Space Shuttle Atlantis presents a ghostlike image in the runway lights as it approaches touchdown on the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility Runway 15. At the controls are Commander Terre... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the Shuttle Landing Facility, KSC Launch Director Michael Leinbach (shaking hands) greets STS-106 Pilot Scott D. Altman and Commander Terrence W. Wilcutt after their successful mission and landing. Just behind Leinbach is Jim Halsell, manager of Space Shuttle Launch Integration and former Shuttle Commander, plus other dignitaries on hand to welcome the crew home. Landing occurred on-time at 3:56:48 a.m. EDT.  Atlantis and crew traveled 4.9 million miles on the 11-day, 19-hour, 11-minute STS-106 mission. During the mission to the International Space Station, the crew transferred nearly 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies for use by the first resident crew expected to arrive in November. STs-106 was the 99th flight in the Shuttle program and the 22nd for Atlantis. STS-106 also marked the 15th nighttime landing in Shuttle history and the 23rd consecutive landing at KSC KSC00pp1396

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the Shuttle Landing Facility, KSC Lau...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the Shuttle Landing Facility, KSC Launch Director Michael Leinbach (shaking hands) greets STS-106 Pilot Scott D. Altman and Commander Terrence W. Wilcutt after their successful ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. --  Billows of smoke and steam spread across Launch Pad 39A as Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off on mission STS-92 to the International Space Station. The perfect on-time liftoff occurred at 7:17 p.m. EDT, sending a crew of seven on the 100th launch in the history of the Shuttle program. Discovery carries a payload that includes the Integrated Truss Structure Z-1, first of 10 trusses that will form the backbone of the Space Station, and the third Pressurized Mating Adapter that will provide a Shuttle docking port for solar array installation on the sixth Station flight and Lab installation on the seventh Station flight. Discovery’s landing is expected Oct. 22 at 2:10 p.m. EDT KSC-00pp1555

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Billows of smoke and steam spread acros...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Billows of smoke and steam spread across Launch Pad 39A as Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off on mission STS-92 to the International Space Station. The perfect on-time liftoff occu... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. --  Space Shuttle Discovery roars through the sky trailing fire and blue mach diamonds from the engines. The perfect on-time liftoff at 7:17 p.m. EDT sends a crew of seven on a construction flight to the International Space Station on mission STS-92, the 100th in the history of the Shuttle program. Discovery also carries a payload that includes the Integrated Truss Structure Z-1, first of 10 trusses that will form the backbone of the Space Station, and the third Pressurized Mating Adapter that will provide a Shuttle docking port for solar array installation on the sixth Station flight and Lab installation on the seventh Station flight. Discovery’s landing is expected Oct. 22 at 2:10 p.m. EDT KSC00pp1557

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Space Shuttle Discovery roars through t...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Space Shuttle Discovery roars through the sky trailing fire and blue mach diamonds from the engines. The perfect on-time liftoff at 7:17 p.m. EDT sends a crew of seven on a constr... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. --  Space Shuttle Discovery seems to burst forth from a pillow of smoke as it lifts off from Launch Pad 39A on mission STS-92 to the International Space Station. The brilliant light from the solid rocket booster flames is reflected in nearby water. The perfect on-time liftoff occurred at 7:17 p.m. EDT, sending a crew of seven on the 100th launch in the history of the Shuttle program. Discovery carries a payload that includes the Integrated Truss Structure Z-1, first of 10 trusses that will form the backbone of the Space Station, and the third Pressurized Mating Adapter that will provide a Shuttle docking port for solar array installation on the sixth Station flight and Lab installation on the seventh Station flight. Discovery’s landing is expected Oct. 22 at 2:10 p.m. EDT KSC00pp1552

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Space Shuttle Discovery seems to burst ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Space Shuttle Discovery seems to burst forth from a pillow of smoke as it lifts off from Launch Pad 39A on mission STS-92 to the International Space Station. The brilliant light f... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. --  Framed in angle of two tree branches, Space Shuttle Discovery appears to rise out of the smoke and steam at Launch Pad 39A. The perfect on-time liftoff at 7:17 p.m. EDT sends a crew of seven on a construction flight to the International Space Station on mission STS-92, the 100th in the history of the Shuttle program. Discovery also carries a payload that includes the Integrated Truss Structure Z-1, first of 10 trusses that will form the backbone of the Space Station, and the third Pressurized Mating Adapter that will provide a Shuttle docking port for solar array installation on the sixth Station flight and Lab installation on the seventh Station flight. Discovery’s landing is expected Oct. 22 at 2:10 p.m. EDT KSC00pp1556

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Framed in angle of two tree branches, S...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Framed in angle of two tree branches, Space Shuttle Discovery appears to rise out of the smoke and steam at Launch Pad 39A. The perfect on-time liftoff at 7:17 p.m. EDT sends a cr... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. --  A perfect on-time launch for Space Shuttle Discovery at 7:17 p.m. EDT. This marks the 100th launch in the history of the Shuttle program.  Discovery carries a payload that includes the  Integrated Truss Structure Z-1, first of 10  trusses that will form the backbone of the Space Station, and the third Pressurized Mating Adapter that will provide a Shuttle docking port for solar array installation on the sixth Station flight and Lab installation on the seventh Station flight.  Discovery’s landing is expected Oct. 22 at 2:10 p.m. EDT KSC-00pp1562

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- A perfect on-time launch for Space Shut...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- A perfect on-time launch for Space Shuttle Discovery at 7:17 p.m. EDT. This marks the 100th launch in the history of the Shuttle program. Discovery carries a payload that include... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. --  Space Shuttle Discovery seems to burst forth from a pillow of smoke as it lifts off from Launch Pad 39A on mission STS-92 to the International Space Station. The brilliant light from the solid rocket booster flames is reflected in nearby water. The perfect on-time liftoff occurred at 7:17 p.m. EDT, sending a crew of seven on the 100th launch in the history of the Shuttle program. Discovery carries a payload that includes the Integrated Truss Structure Z-1, first of 10 trusses that will form the backbone of the Space Station, and the third Pressurized Mating Adapter that will provide a Shuttle docking port for solar array installation on the sixth Station flight and Lab installation on the seventh Station flight. Discovery’s landing is expected Oct. 22 at 2:10 p.m. EDT KSC-00pp1552

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Space Shuttle Discovery seems to burst ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Space Shuttle Discovery seems to burst forth from a pillow of smoke as it lifts off from Launch Pad 39A on mission STS-92 to the International Space Station. The brilliant light f... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. --  Space Shuttle Discovery roars through the sky trailing fire and blue mach diamonds from the engines. The perfect on-time liftoff at 7:17 p.m. EDT sends a crew of seven on a construction flight to the International Space Station on mission STS-92, the 100th in the history of the Shuttle program. Discovery also carries a payload that includes the Integrated Truss Structure Z-1, first of 10 trusses that will form the backbone of the Space Station, and the third Pressurized Mating Adapter that will provide a Shuttle docking port for solar array installation on the sixth Station flight and Lab installation on the seventh Station flight. Discovery’s landing is expected Oct. 22 at 2:10 p.m. EDT KSC-00pp1557

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Space Shuttle Discovery roars through t...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Space Shuttle Discovery roars through the sky trailing fire and blue mach diamonds from the engines. The perfect on-time liftoff at 7:17 p.m. EDT sends a crew of seven on a constr... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. --  Billows of smoke and steam surround Space Shuttle Discovery as it lifts off from Launch Pad 39A on mission STS-92 to the International Space Station. The perfect on-time liftoff occurred at 7:17 p.m. EDT, sending a crew of seven on the 100th launch in the history of the Shuttle program. Discovery carries a payload that includes the Integrated Truss Structure Z-1, first of 10 trusses that will form the backbone of the Space Station, and the third Pressurized Mating Adapter that will provide a Shuttle docking port for solar array installation on the sixth Station flight and Lab installation on the seventh Station flight. Discovery’s landing is expected Oct. 22 at 2:10 p.m. EDT KSC-00pp1553

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Billows of smoke and steam surround Spa...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Billows of smoke and steam surround Space Shuttle Discovery as it lifts off from Launch Pad 39A on mission STS-92 to the International Space Station. The perfect on-time liftoff o... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. --  Twin columns of flame from the solid rocket boosters illuminate the clouds of smoke and steam as Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off on mission STS-92, the fifth construction flight for the International Space Station. The perfect on-time liftoff occurred at 7:17 p.m. EDT, sending a crew of seven on the 100th launch in the history of the Shuttle program. Discovery carries a payload that includes the Integrated Truss Structure Z-1, first of 10 trusses that will form the backbone of the Space Station, and the third Pressurized Mating Adapter that will provide a Shuttle docking port for solar array installation on the sixth Station flight and Lab installation on the seventh Station flight. Discovery’s landing is expected Oct. 22 at 2:10 p.m. EDT KSC-00pp1551

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Twin columns of flame from the solid ro...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Twin columns of flame from the solid rocket boosters illuminate the clouds of smoke and steam as Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off on mission STS-92, the fifth construction flight... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. --  Billows of smoke and steam spread across Launch Pad 39A as Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off on mission STS-92 to the International Space Station. The perfect on-time liftoff occurred at 7:17 p.m. EDT, sending a crew of seven on the 100th launch in the history of the Shuttle program. Discovery carries a payload that includes the Integrated Truss Structure Z-1, first of 10 trusses that will form the backbone of the Space Station, and the third Pressurized Mating Adapter that will provide a Shuttle docking port for solar array installation on the sixth Station flight and Lab installation on the seventh Station flight. Discovery’s landing is expected Oct. 22 at 2:10 p.m. EDT KSC00pp1555

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Billows of smoke and steam spread acros...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Billows of smoke and steam spread across Launch Pad 39A as Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off on mission STS-92 to the International Space Station. The perfect on-time liftoff occu... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. --  A perfect on-time launch for Space Shuttle Discovery at 7:17 p.m. EDT. This marks the 100th launch in the history of the Shuttle program.  Discovery carries a payload that includes the  Integrated Truss Structure Z-1, first of 10  trusses that will form the backbone of the Space Station, and the third Pressurized Mating Adapter that will provide a Shuttle docking port for solar array installation on the sixth Station flight and Lab installation on the seventh Station flight.  Discovery’s landing is expected Oct. 22 at 2:10 p.m. EDT KSC00pp1562

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- A perfect on-time launch for Space Shut...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- A perfect on-time launch for Space Shuttle Discovery at 7:17 p.m. EDT. This marks the 100th launch in the history of the Shuttle program. Discovery carries a payload that include... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. --  The brilliance of the exhaust flames from Space Shuttle Discovery’s solid rocket boosters are captured in the water below Launch Pad 39A. The perfect on-time liftoff at 7:17 p.m. EDT sends a crew of seven on a construction flight to the International Space Station on mission STS-92, the 100th in the history of the Shuttle program. Discovery also carries a payload that includes the Integrated Truss Structure Z-1, first of 10 trusses that will form the backbone of the Space Station, and the third Pressurized Mating Adapter that will provide a Shuttle docking port for solar array installation on the sixth Station flight and Lab installation on the seventh Station flight. Discovery’s landing is expected Oct. 22 at 2:10 p.m. EDT KSC-00pp1554

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The brilliance of the exhaust flames fr...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The brilliance of the exhaust flames from Space Shuttle Discovery’s solid rocket boosters are captured in the water below Launch Pad 39A. The perfect on-time liftoff at 7:17 p.m. ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. --  Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off Launch Pad 39A against a backdrop of xenon lights (just above the orbiter’ nose and at left). On the Mobile Launcher Platform beneath, water begins flooding the area for flame and sound control. The perfect on-time liftoff occurred at 7:17 p.m. EDT, sending a crew of seven on the 100th launch in the history of the Shuttle program. Discovery carries a payload that includes the Integrated Truss Structure Z-1, first of 10 trusses that will form the backbone of the Space Station, and the third Pressurized Mating Adapter that will provide a Shuttle docking port for solar array installation on the sixth Station flight and Lab installation on the seventh Station flight. Discovery’s landing is expected Oct. 22 at 2:10 p.m. EDT KSC00pp1561

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off Launc...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off Launch Pad 39A against a backdrop of xenon lights (just above the orbiter’ nose and at left). On the Mobile Launcher Platform beneath, water begi... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. --  Twin columns of flame from the solid rocket boosters illuminate the clouds of smoke and steam as Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off on mission STS-92, the fifth construction flight for the International Space Station. The perfect on-time liftoff occurred at 7:17 p.m. EDT, sending a crew of seven on the 100th launch in the history of the Shuttle program. Discovery carries a payload that includes the Integrated Truss Structure Z-1, first of 10 trusses that will form the backbone of the Space Station, and the third Pressurized Mating Adapter that will provide a Shuttle docking port for solar array installation on the sixth Station flight and Lab installation on the seventh Station flight. Discovery’s landing is expected Oct. 22 at 2:10 p.m. EDT KSC00pp1551

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Twin columns of flame from the solid ro...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Twin columns of flame from the solid rocket boosters illuminate the clouds of smoke and steam as Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off on mission STS-92, the fifth construction flight... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. --  Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off Launch Pad 39A against a backdrop of xenon lights (just above the orbiter’ nose and at left). On the Mobile Launcher Platform beneath, water begins flooding the area for flame and sound control. The perfect on-time liftoff occurred at 7:17 p.m. EDT, sending a crew of seven on the 100th launch in the history of the Shuttle program. Discovery carries a payload that includes the Integrated Truss Structure Z-1, first of 10 trusses that will form the backbone of the Space Station, and the third Pressurized Mating Adapter that will provide a Shuttle docking port for solar array installation on the sixth Station flight and Lab installation on the seventh Station flight. Discovery’s landing is expected Oct. 22 at 2:10 p.m. EDT KSC-00pp1561

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off Launc...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off Launch Pad 39A against a backdrop of xenon lights (just above the orbiter’ nose and at left). On the Mobile Launcher Platform beneath, water begi... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. --  The brilliance of the exhaust flames from Space Shuttle Discovery’s solid rocket boosters are captured in the water below Launch Pad 39A. The perfect on-time liftoff at 7:17 p.m. EDT sends a crew of seven on a construction flight to the International Space Station on mission STS-92, the 100th in the history of the Shuttle program. Discovery also carries a payload that includes the Integrated Truss Structure Z-1, first of 10 trusses that will form the backbone of the Space Station, and the third Pressurized Mating Adapter that will provide a Shuttle docking port for solar array installation on the sixth Station flight and Lab installation on the seventh Station flight. Discovery’s landing is expected Oct. 22 at 2:10 p.m. EDT KSC00pp1554

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The brilliance of the exhaust flames fr...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The brilliance of the exhaust flames from Space Shuttle Discovery’s solid rocket boosters are captured in the water below Launch Pad 39A. The perfect on-time liftoff at 7:17 p.m. ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. --  Billows of smoke and steam surround Space Shuttle Discovery as it lifts off from Launch Pad 39A on mission STS-92 to the International Space Station. The perfect on-time liftoff occurred at 7:17 p.m. EDT, sending a crew of seven on the 100th launch in the history of the Shuttle program. Discovery carries a payload that includes the Integrated Truss Structure Z-1, first of 10 trusses that will form the backbone of the Space Station, and the third Pressurized Mating Adapter that will provide a Shuttle docking port for solar array installation on the sixth Station flight and Lab installation on the seventh Station flight. Discovery’s landing is expected Oct. 22 at 2:10 p.m. EDT KSC00pp1553

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Billows of smoke and steam surround Spa...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Billows of smoke and steam surround Space Shuttle Discovery as it lifts off from Launch Pad 39A on mission STS-92 to the International Space Station. The perfect on-time liftoff o... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. --  Framed in angle of two tree branches, Space Shuttle Discovery appears to rise out of the smoke and steam at Launch Pad 39A. The perfect on-time liftoff at 7:17 p.m. EDT sends a crew of seven on a construction flight to the International Space Station on mission STS-92, the 100th in the history of the Shuttle program. Discovery also carries a payload that includes the Integrated Truss Structure Z-1, first of 10 trusses that will form the backbone of the Space Station, and the third Pressurized Mating Adapter that will provide a Shuttle docking port for solar array installation on the sixth Station flight and Lab installation on the seventh Station flight. Discovery’s landing is expected Oct. 22 at 2:10 p.m. EDT KSC-00pp1556

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Framed in angle of two tree branches, S...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Framed in angle of two tree branches, Space Shuttle Discovery appears to rise out of the smoke and steam at Launch Pad 39A. The perfect on-time liftoff at 7:17 p.m. EDT sends a cr... more