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Discovery begins its final flightupdated: Tue Apr 17 2012 10:11:00

Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA jetliner, departs Kennedy Space Center for the last time.

Shuttle exits and with it America's dreams?updated: Tue Apr 17 2012 10:11:00

This morning, around 10 a.m., I was 10 years old again.

'Farewell, Discovery' as shuttle ends its final missionupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 13:39:00

The last chapter in the story of the space shuttle Discovery ended Wednesday as the shuttle landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Discovery's last danceupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 13:39:00

After 39 flights and 148 million miles, NASA's space shuttle Discovery touches down for the last time.

Discovery crew wakes to Shatnerupdated: Mon Mar 07 2011 13:13:00

The shuttle Discovery crew got a wakeup call from actor William Shatner.

Capt. Kirk wakes up shuttle crewupdated: Mon Mar 07 2011 13:13:00

At the intersection of science-fiction and science-fact was William Shatner on Monday.

Shuttle astronauts hold pre-spacewalk 'campout'updated: Mon Feb 28 2011 06:07:00

Discovery astronauts Steve Bowen and Alvin Drew are scheduled for a six-hour spacewalk outside the international space station Monday.

Foam falls off Discoveryupdated: Mon Feb 28 2011 06:07:00

CNN's John Zarrella reports foam fell from space shuttle Discovery as it blasted off.

Shuttle Discovery docks with space station for 13th and final timeupdated: Sat Feb 26 2011 22:22:00

Some 220 miles above the Earth's surface, the shuttle Discovery docked Saturday afternoon with the International Space Station for the last time.

Shuttle Discovery launches final flightupdated: Thu Feb 24 2011 19:13:00

The Space Shuttle Discovery launches its final flight ending nearly three decades of space travel.

Shuttle Discovery takes off on its final flightupdated: Thu Feb 24 2011 19:13:00

The Space Shuttle Discovery launched late Thursday afternoon from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, marking the start of its 39th and final flight.

Discovery's final flight scheduled for Thursdayupdated: Thu Feb 24 2011 06:01:00

Space shuttle Discovery is set to launch Thursday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, for its final flight, ending nearly three decades of space travel.

NASA finds more cracks on Discovery's fuel tankupdated: Fri Dec 31 2010 05:38:00

NASA engineers will repair small cracks found on the space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank -- a development that could further delay its launch.

NASA testing Discovery's fuel tankupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 14:52:00

Early data from a test of space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank Friday indicate positive results, moving the much-delayed launch of Discovery's final flight one step closer.

NASA delays Discovery launchupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 19:55:00

NASA has put off the final launch of the space shuttle Discovery, saying engineers have not been able to trace the cause of cracks found in the foam covering the vehicle's external tank.

Final launch for shuttle Discovery delayed until at least December 17updated: Wed Nov 24 2010 16:17:00

The final flight of the space shuttle Discovery, which has been delayed several times because of bad weather, gas leaks and electrical glitches, is now tentatively scheduled to take place December 17, according to NASA officials.

Discovery's last launch no sooner than Decemberupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 08:05:00

Space Shuttle Discovery will launch no earlier than December 3, NASA said in a statement.

Shuttle Discovery nears its final flightupdated: Sun Nov 07 2010 11:19:00

John Zarrella reports on how the historic implications have changed for Shuttle Discovery's final flight.

Discovery launch delayed again due to gas leakupdated: Sun Nov 07 2010 11:19:00

NASA has scrubbed Friday's launch of Space Shuttle Discovery after reporting a gaseous leak.

Discovery launch delayed by a day over weather concernsupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 09:14:00

Bad weather forced NASA to delay the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery by at least a day Thursday.

Discovery's last flight delayed -- againupdated: Tue Nov 02 2010 20:39:00

NASA announced Tuesday it has delayed the launch of the space shuttle Discovery yet again, this time due to a circuitry glitch to the backup systems that was found earlier in the day.

NASA: Space shuttle Discovery to take off Wednesdayupdated: Sat Oct 30 2010 14:37:00

NASA officials said Saturday they are confident that space shuttle Discovery's Wednesday launch will go as scheduled, sending a crew of six astronauts to the International Space Station on an 11-day mission.

Air leak delays Shuttle Discovery's last missionupdated: Fri Oct 29 2010 13:41:00

A mechanical problem forced NASA to delay the final launch of the Space shuttle Discovery at least until next Tuesday, the space agency said Friday.

Discovery's last mission delayedupdated: Fri Oct 29 2010 13:41:00

NASA officials say they are delaying space shuttle Discovery's last mission due to a air leaks.

Space shuttle Discovery crew ready for final missionupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 13:55:00

Astronauts set to launch into space early next month are focused on their mission, NASA officials said Thursday, blocking out "distractions" over layoffs and changes at the space agency and sentimentality as the shuttle program nears its end.

Shuttles for sale: Less than 130 million miles, new paintupdated: Tue May 25 2010 21:40:00

So you're in the market for a new vehicle. Any chance you'd consider one with more than 100 million miles on the odometer, a neat white paint job and a sticker price of $28.8 million? Probably not.

Discovery landing nixed due to weatherupdated: Mon Apr 19 2010 09:47:00

The space shuttle Discovery will not land Monday.

Shuttle Discovery docks with space stationupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 08:22:00

Space shuttle Discovery docked with the international space station early Wednesday despite a broken antenna that knocked out radar tracking aboard the shuttle.

Discovery docks with ISSupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 08:22:00

A sped-up look at space shuttle Discovery docking with the international space station.

Space shuttle Discovery launchesupdated: Mon Apr 05 2010 11:17:00

Space shuttle Discovery launched early Monday to deliver spare parts and science experiments to the international space station.

Spectacular early morning launchupdated: Mon Apr 05 2010 11:17:00

Watch space shuttle Discovery blast off from the Kennedy Space Center on its mission to the international space station.

Shuttle discovery lands safelyupdated: Fri Sep 11 2009 22:17:00

The STS128 mission landed at 8:53 EST at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Space shuttle Discovery lands in Californiaupdated: Fri Sep 11 2009 22:17:00

The space shuttle Discovery landed in California on Friday evening after bad weather near Kennedy Space Center forced it to wave off a landing in Florida.

Shuttle Discovery landing scrubbed for Thursdayupdated: Thu Sep 10 2009 20:20:00

The space shuttle Discovery will stay aloft another day after NASA mission managers scrubbed its second and final opportunity to land Thursday, citing bad weather near Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Shuttle Discovery blasts off to space stationupdated: Mon Aug 31 2009 11:06:00

Space shuttle Discovery launched just before midnight Friday on a mission to the international space station.

Discovery launchesupdated: Mon Aug 31 2009 11:06:00

CNN's John Zarrella talks with NASA astronaut Cady Coleman about the launch of shuttle Discovery.

Discovery launch put off until late Fridayupdated: Fri Aug 28 2009 02:31:00

NASA has reset the launch of space shuttle Discovery for just before midnight Friday after engineers determined a hydrogen fuel valve that raised concerns earlier this week was working properly.

Discovery launch postponed againupdated: Wed Aug 26 2009 00:10:00

NASA could try to launch the space shuttle Discovery early Friday after bad weather and a mechanical issue delayed two launch attempts Tuesday, the space agency said.

Discovery set to launch next week for space stationupdated: Wed Aug 19 2009 21:17:00

Space shuttle Discovery is set to launch next week on a mission to the international space station, NASA's Flight Readiness Review team said Wednesday.

Shuttle Discovery landsupdated: Sat Mar 28 2009 19:19:00

The space shuttle Discovery lands safely at Kennedy Space Center.

Shuttle Discovery home after rendezvous with space stationupdated: Sat Mar 28 2009 19:19:00

The space shuttle Discovery landed safely at Kennedy Space Center on Saturday, completing a 13-day mission that included expanding the number of astronauts who can live aboard the International Space Station.

Shuttle astronauts complete 6-hour spacewalkupdated: Thu Mar 19 2009 22:37:00

A pair of astronauts from the space shuttle Discovery safely completed a six-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Thursday, installing a set of solar panels that will help the station handle twice as many crew members.

Space shuttle Discovery blasts off with bat stowawayupdated: Wed Mar 18 2009 11:41:00

A bat that apparently had trouble flying instead tried to hitch a ride on the space shuttle Discovery, NASA officials said.

Discovery docks with ISSupdated: Tue Mar 17 2009 21:29:00

Space Shuttle Discovery successfully docks with the International Space Station.

Discovery docks at international space stationupdated: Tue Mar 17 2009 21:29:00

The space shuttle Discovery safely docked at the international space station on Tuesday, a welcome smooth maneuver during a mission that was delayed by a gas leak and threatened by hurtling chunks of space junk.

Shuttle mission scrubbedupdated: Mon Mar 16 2009 10:22:00

A hydrogen tank leak has led NASA to scrub tonight's space shuttle launch. CNN's John Zarrella reports.

Space shuttle Discovery launches after repairsupdated: Mon Mar 16 2009 10:22:00

The space shuttle Discovery lifted off Sunday evening on a mission to the international space station, where Discovery will deliver supplies needed to expand the station's crew to six people.

Space shuttle Discovery launch canceledupdated: Wed Mar 11 2009 21:15:00

NASA orbiter Discovery's launch won't take place until Sunday at the earliest, mission managers said Wednesday after postponing a launch that had been scheduled for Wednesday night.

Space shuttle Discovery launch scrubbedupdated: Wed Mar 11 2009 15:01:00

The launch of space shuttle Discovery scheduled for Wednesday has been scrubbed.

Discovery to deliver ISS equipmentupdated: Wed Mar 11 2009 11:42:00

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly talks with Melissa Long about Wednesday night's scheduled space shuttle Discovery launch.

Delayed Discovery is ready for launchupdated: Wed Mar 11 2009 08:27:00

After weeks of delay, the space shuttle Discovery is finally ready for a Wednesday evening liftoff and a two-week mission to the international space station.

NASA sets shuttle Discovery launch for Wednesdayupdated: Fri Mar 06 2009 15:58:00

After several delays, NASA said Friday that space shuttle Discovery is scheduled for launch in five days.

NASA delays launch of shuttle Discoveryupdated: Wed Feb 04 2009 00:47:00

Launch of the space shuttle Discovery has been delayed at least a week, NASA has announced.

Time.com: Space Shuttle Crew Back on Earthupdated: Sat Jun 14 2008 14:00:00

The space shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven returned to Earth on Saturday

Shuttle homecomingupdated: Sat Jun 14 2008 13:08:00

CNN Miles O'Brien walks us through the landing of Shuttle Discovery.

NASA identifies shiny object trailing shuttleupdated: Fri Jun 13 2008 21:19:00

The debris spotted floating away from space shuttle Discovery has been preliminarily identified as a thermal clip from the shuttle's brake system, NASA said Friday.

NASA looks at shuttle rudderupdated: Fri Jun 13 2008 21:19:00

A protrusion was found on the rudder of Discovery after some routine tests.

Astronauts spruce up new labupdated: Sat Jun 07 2008 22:05:00

Astronauts step outside the international space station for a spacewalk to spruce up a new lab.

Spacewalk updateupdated: Fri Jun 06 2008 13:47:00

Miles O'Brien has the latest on today's spacewalk to prep a Japanese logistics module for relocation.

Shuttle Discovery launchesupdated: Sat May 31 2008 22:14:00

Discovery launches from Kennedy Space Center, carrying supplies to the international space station.

Discovery launched on space station missionupdated: Sat May 31 2008 22:14:00

The space shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven launched into a sunny sky Saturday in the latest effort to bring supplies to the international space station.

NASA prepares for launchupdated: Wed May 28 2008 22:31:00

Annette Hasbrook leads Mission Control when the space shuttle launches on Saturday.

CNN Student News One-Sheet: Space Shuttle Factsupdated: Tue Mar 11 2008 22:10:00

Use this explainer to help students understand the history of the space shuttle program, a topic relevant to current news.

Discovery safely back homeupdated: Wed Nov 07 2007 15:10:00

Space Shuttle Discovery successfully returns home after its mission to the International Space Station.

Shuttle undocks from ISSupdated: Mon Nov 05 2007 13:20:00

Space Shuttle Discovery undocks from the International Space Station as it prepares to head home.

Space station troubles delay spacewalksupdated: Thu Nov 01 2007 09:26:00

In the aftermath of Tuesday's tear of a space station solar array during deployment, NASA has recast its spacewalk plans for the remainder of Discovery's stay at the international space station.

Space Station module debutsupdated: Sun Oct 28 2007 17:34:00

The International Space Station crew opens the hatch and enters its new living quarters for the first time.

Discovery launchesupdated: Thu Oct 25 2007 13:02:00

Despite early concerns about ice, the Shuttle Discovery launches, heading for a space station construction mission.

NASA orders fix on Discovery's external tank bracketsupdated: Fri Aug 24 2007 07:28:00

Insulating foam that covers brackets of Discovery's external fuel tank needs to be removed before the shuttle can fly again, NASA said Friday.

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