“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.
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.
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.
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.
Houston will not get one of the Space Shuttle orbiters when the Shuttle program ends and the orbiters are retired later this year. Many people blame partisan politics, and are calling it a deliberate slap in the face for Texas, which is solidly Republican.
NASA is getting ready to retire its fleet of Space Shuttle orbiters, and cities all over the country are stepping up their political and public relations efforts to get one of them to put on public display. Houston may or may not get one of them. Politics could keep it from happening.
The space shuttle Discovery has flown its last mission, but it's not going to disappear into a storage hangar anywhere. NASA says Discovery will go to a very public place where it will be on display for years to come.
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