Air traffic controllers at the space shuttle's runway deal with exotic aircraft, race cars and even stray pilots on a day-to-day basis.
A European experiments platform called EuTEF returned to Earth after 18 months on the International Space Station.
Many launches at Kennedy and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station are scrubbed because they are within "Lightning Alley."
Buzz Lightyear rolled triumphantly down Disney's Main Street to mark a successful stay on the International Space Station.
Models join flags and medallions as commemorations of Discovery's flight to the International Space Station.
On Earth, we all know that exercise is good for us. But do we know exactly how good?
Returning shuttle crews are checked out by NASA's medical professionals.
In a wildlife refuge keeping a landing shuttle safe is an important job.
Liftoff marks the beginning of the workday for a group of engineers who evaluate damage to the pad after launch.
Kennedy's launch processing team moved into high gear to prepare for liftoff.
For 50 years, NASA's been famous for counting backward from 10 to zero. But a final countdown is now under way that will stand out among them all.
The crew members of STS-127 are carrying tokens reflecting their past accomplishments.
Take one space shuttle, seven highly trained astronauts, tons of equipment, and one legendary orbiting telescope and you have the 5.3 million-mile odyssey that was Hubble's final servicing mission.
Tool designers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center had to invent several new instruments for the STS-125 mission.
The astronauts of Atlantis will mark their mission with a wide array of commemorative items they take into space.
The International Space Station is beautifully balanced and "powered-up."
Analysis shows a bat clinging to Discovery's external tank held on even after launch.
For 21 years and 100 shuttle missions, Mission Control has been graced with a bouquet of roses, displayed proudly amid trademark data screens and tracking maps.
The astronauts are carrying mementoes to space that reflect their unique backgrounds.
On launch day, a space shuttle astronaut's first challenge isn't handling the force of liftoff or adjusting to microgravity -- it's getting dressed.