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An old baby got a name

Houston’s space shuttle mockup is no longer nameless. The full-size replica is now space shuttle “Independence,” its new name symbolizing the spirit of Texas. Officials with Space Center Houston, the visitor center for NASA’s Johnson…


Atlantis on the (powered) inside

An old post, no doubt, but with the new batch of spacefaring machines on their way to reality a nice look inside a powered Atlantis Space Shuttle (or better, orbiter). One last time. Nowadays, it’s…



Retired with 35

NASA’s original jumbo jet that was used to ferry the space shuttles around the country has landed at Ellington Field in Houston, where it is to stay. The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), referred to using…


My new computer at 300 million kilometers away

The NASA Mars Odyssey orbiter has resumed duty after switching to a set of redundant equipment, including a main computer, that had not be used since before the spacecraft’s 2001 launch. Odyssey relayed data to…


From above, not from below for a change

“Late last week, the Space Shuttle Endeavor flew atop a 747 into White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The shuttle continued its journey to Edwards Air Force Base in California. In October, The Space…


Goodbye to a flying orbiter

A US friend sent me this beautiful picture of Endeavour on its last flight ever. Myself I’ve watched the fly-around on NASA TV with grainy pictures and flaky Internet connection. He didn’t take the picture…