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Planes track Discovery
To gain a new perspective on space shuttle Discovery's ascent and gather additional imagery for the return to flight mission, NASA dispatched a pair of high-flying WB-57 aircraft equipped with sharp video cameras in their noses.

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Rocket booster cams
When space shuttle Discovery launched its two solid-fuel booster rockets were equipped with video cameras, providing dazzling footage of separation from the external fuel tank, their free fall and splashdown in the sea.

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Discovery ferried home
Mounted atop a modified Boeing 747, space shuttle Discovery was ferried across the country from Edwards Air Force Base, California, to Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

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Shuttle tank returned
Shuttle fuel tank ET-119 is loaded onto a barge at Kennedy Space Center for the trip back to Lockheed Martin's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The tank will be used in the investigation to determine why foam peeled away from Discovery's tank on STS-114 in July.

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Delta 4 launch delayed
Launch of the GOES-N weather observatory aboard a Boeing Delta 4 rocket is postponed at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Mars probe leaves Earth
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter lifts off aboard a Lockheed Martin Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral's Complex 41.

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NASA assisting facilities hit by Hurricane Katrina
Posted: August 31, 2005

NASA teams are working to determine how best to assist personnel from the agency's two facilities that suffered damage from Hurricane Katrina. Space Shuttle Program Manager Bill Parsons has been named the senior NASA official in charge of the hurricane recovery effort.

Parsons is a Mississippi native and a former Stennis center director. NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans are closed, while a complete assessment of necessary assistance and facility damage is underway. Employees of the two facilities have excused absences through the recovery period.

Stennis Space Center (SSC):

  • No NASA employee or contractor injuries have been reported

  • FEMA command center is at SSC. FEMA is bringing in food and water for the people sheltered on-site; approximately 1,000 people including NASA employees, contractors and others are at the center and more expected

  • Many homes of SSC employees have been damaged or destroyed.

  • There is no commercial electricity at SSC and the surrounding area. Generators are providing limited power to the center


  • The only way to access the facility is by helicopter since the surrounding roadways are flooded; it appears space flight hardware was not damaged.

  • The facility has no electrical power and communication is limited.