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STS-47: Spacelab Japan
The 50th flight of the space shuttle took place in September 1992. Endeavour's mission featured the Spacelab-J research module for Japan, as well as the first black female astronaut and the first married couple to fly together in space. The crew narrates the highlights in their post-flight film.


STS-117 crew bios
Three veterans and three rookies make up the six-man astronaut crew launching aboard space shuttle Atlantis' STS-117 space station assembly mission. Meet the crew members and learn how each became an astronaut in this special biography movie.


Mars rover flyovers
Images taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have been assembled to create these flyover animations of the Columbia Hills where the Spirit rover is exploring and the Opportunity rover at Victoria Crater.

 Spirit | Opportunity

Seas on Titan
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found evidence for seas, likely filled with liquid methane or ethane, in the high northern latitudes of Saturn's moon Titan. This movie includes animation of the craft's encounters with Titan and an interview with insight into the science.


Atlas 5 launches STP 1
The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket with the U.S. military's Space Test Program 1 payload launches Cape Canaveral.

 Full Coverage

Atlantis rolls back
Battered by an intense hail storm six days earlier, space shuttle Atlantis retreated off launch pad 39A and returned to the cavernous Vehicle Assembly Building on March 4 to undergo thorough inspections and repairs.

 Video | Time-lapse

STS-112: ISS expansion
Atlantis made a week-long visit to the International Space Station in October 2002 that began the outward expansion of the outpost's truss backbone. Attachment of the 14.5-ton Starboard 1 segment was primary objective of the STS-112 mission. The astronauts tell the story of the flight in this post-flight movie.


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International Space Station supply ship undocks
Posted: March 27, 2007

The Russian Progress 23P cargo freighter, certain to be remembered as the resupply ship with a troublesome antenna that required an intervention by spacewalkers, safely left the International Space Station on Tuesday for its fiery re-entry into the atmosphere.

This file image a Russian Progress cargo ship. Credit: NASA
The spacecraft was launched to the station last October to deliver fuel, oxygen and critical repair parts. But shortly before docking to the aft port of the Zvezda service module, one of its navigational antennas failed to retract as designed. That antenna became wedged on a station handrail, forcing a February spacewalk to free the obstruction. Station commander Michael Lopez-Alegria and cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin ventured outside and manually freed the antenna to ensure the Progress could undock cleanly when the time came.

That departure began with the undocking command at 2:08 p.m. EDT Tuesday. Retention hooks swung open and the craft sprung away at 2:11 p.m. Three minutes later, thrusters on the ship fired to increase the rate of separation.

The 2-minute, 25-second deorbit burn was scheduled to commence at 6:44:30 p.m. EDT, putting the craft on a course to plunge back to Earth and burn up. The Progress, filled with trash and unneeded items, was expected to hit the upper traces of the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean at 7:19:36 p.m.

The now-vacant Zvezda docking port will be filled by the station's current Soyuz spacecraft on Thursday. The Expedition 14 crew will climb aboard the Soyuz TMA-9 capsule and fly it from the Zarya control module over to Zvezda. The relocation event begins with undocking at 6:30 p.m. and concludes with the linkup at the new port 25 minutes later.

Meanwhile, the next station residents flew to Baikonur Cosmodrome this morning to begin final preparations for launch. Expedition 15 commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, flight engineer Oleg Kotov and tourist Charles Simonyi are slated for blastoff at 1:31 p.m. EDT April 7 aboard the Soyuz TMA-10 capsule. They will dock to the station's Zarya port around 3 p.m. EDT April 9.

Lopez-Alegria, Tyurin and Simonyi will return to Earth in the Soyuz TMA-9, departing from Zvezda, at 6:21 a.m. EDT April 20. Landing in Kazakhstan is expected at 9:37 a.m.

NASA astronaut Suni Williams will remain aboard the station and switch from Expedition 14 to the Expedition 15 crew. Her ride home is shuttle Endeavour later this summer.

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