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The shuttle lifts off from a 747 (Getty Images)
The shuttle lifts off from a 747 (Getty Images)
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History’s First Look at the Space Shuttle – Dale’s Daily Data

It took 10 billion dollars and 10 years to develop, but the first space shuttle made its first public debut in a ceremony in California on this date in 1976.  The following year the Enterprise, made its first flight, not from Kennedy Space Center and not into space.  It was launched from the top of a 747 and then glided back to Edwards Air Force Base.

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A rocket similar to this one could soon be launching American astronauts into space from Cape Kennedy (Getty Images)
A rocket similar to this one could soon be launching American astronauts into space from Cape Kennedy (Getty Images)
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NASA’s Plan to Send Humans into Low Orbit Saves Hundreds of Jobs

With the space shuttle program having come to an end, NASA has quickly revealed its next plan for returning to space.  NASA will work with one of its longtime commercial partners and a European aerospace company to develop a new rocket that will launch humans into low Earth orbit from the Kennedy Space Center.  Called the Liberty launch system it'll use a modified solid rocket booster from the shuttle program combined with a European Ariane 5 rocket which has already been used to launch humans into space. 

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John F. Kennedy (Getty Images)
John F. Kennedy (Getty Images)
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Kennedy’s Challenge To Land A Man On The Moon – Dale’s Daily Data

With the Soviet Union having put the first man in space just a month before it became a personal goal of President John F. Kennedy to send an American to the moon by the end of the decade of the 1960’s...

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2nd Last Space Shuttle Flight – Dale’s Daily Data

The space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled for its final mission into space this morning before it’s retired leaving just one more mission for the shuttle program this summer...

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International Space Station as seen from the Space Shuttle Discovery on March 7th (Getty Images)
International Space Station as seen from the Space Shuttle Discovery on March 7th (Getty Images)
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Everyday Items Invented By NASA – Dale’s Daily Data

It was more than 50 years ago when Alan Sheppard became the first American to fly into space.  Since then 12 men have walked on the moon...

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How They Built The International Space Station

Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was the International Space Station. Big thanks to WYRK listener Tom Garwol of Williamsville for providing the link to this very cool video of the construction of the International Space Station...

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Cockpit windows from  the destroyed Shuttle Columbia (Getty)
Cockpit windows from the destroyed Shuttle Columbia (Getty)
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Dale’s Daily Data: Shuttle Columbia Disaster

It was just last week we remembered the crew of the space shuttle Challenger who were killed in 1986 when the fuel tank exploded a minute after launch.  Today is the 8th anniversary of the break-up of the space shuttle Columbia as the crew was preparing to land.
The two week mission for the Columbia crew of seven astronauts was doomed just 80 seconds after lift-off when a piece of foam fell from the external fuel tanks and damaged one of the shuttle’s wings so badly that when the Columbia re-entered the earth’s atmosphere wind and heat entered the wing and caused it to come apart.

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Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster 25 Years Ago Today

25 years ago today the world witnessed the disaster of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion.
We honor the memory of those who lost their lives in this tragedy...

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