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Let’s Try This Again – Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch Set for Monday

NASA's countdown clocks are ticking once again for what will be the next-to-last space shuttle launch, now set for Monday, and the six-man crew is ready to go.

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Amateur Astronomer Photographs ENTIRE Night Sky – the Whole Thing

Amateur astronomer and photographer Nick Risinger quit his day job as a Seattle marketing director last year, so he could lug six synchronized cameras around the world taking thousands of pictures that would capture an image of the entire night sky.

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NASA Considers Using Lasers To Avoid Space Junk

“Space junk” and debris in Earth orbit is a big and growing danger to space vehicles, satellites and even the International Space Station.  That's why NASA scientists are looking at a new option for reducing the dangers of orbiting clutter.

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Space Tourists Can Forget About Suing for Damages If They Get Hurt

In an effort to promote Texas as a launch pad for space tourism, the Texas legislature has passed a bill that limits the liability commercial providers would face if space tourists are hurt or killed on a trip into space from Texas.

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Rep. Giffords Walks Onto Plane For Florida And Space Shuttle Launch

Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has flown from Houston to Cape Canaveral to watch tomorrow' s final launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, which will carry her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, into space for the last time.

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Joe Kohen, Getty Images for Intrepid Museum
Joe Kohen, Getty Images for Intrepid Museum
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New York is the “Real” Poor Loser

When people in Texas expressed dismay and anger when they learned that a retired space shuttle would be going to New York, and not to Houston, one of New York's Senators said something many Texans found downright insulting.

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Houston Lawmakers Threaten Legislation to Get Retired Shuttle

More than a dozen Texans in Congress are angry and threatening legislative action to block NASA's planned transfer of a space shuttle orbiter from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Virginia to a  museum in New York City.

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Mission Control at Johnson Space Center Named for Chris Kraft

NASA is honoring Dr. Christopher Columbus Kraft, Jr., the first space mission flight director, by naming the Houston Mission Control Center in his honor for his service to the nation and its space programs.

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