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.
In the Twitter world it is said, “In space, no one can hear you tweet.” Astronaut Mike Massimino dismissed this notion a few weeks ago on his 13-day trip aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis when he sent the first tweet from space.
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."
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.
Analysis shows a bat clinging to Discovery's external tank held on even after launch.
The astronauts are carrying mementoes to space that reflect their unique backgrounds.
The final truss segment and solar arrays soon head for the International Space Station.
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.
The astronauts of STS-126 acted as craftsmen, mechanics, spacewalkers and, of course, astronauts during International Space Station mission.
When a shuttle lands anywhere but Kennedy Space Center, it gets a piggyback ride back to its home base.
NASA's space shuttles have a few landing sites to choose from.
A complex system of distillers and filters is at the heart of a water recycling system that will eventually supply International Space Station crews with drinking water.
Just in time for its 10th anniversary, the space station will get an out-of-this-world home makeover.
For years, STS-126 has been planned as the mission that will give the International Space Station the ability to support twice the crew currently living there.
The STS-126 mission moved into high gear as Endeavour transferred to Pad A.
Lifting the space shuttle requires calm precision.