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Orbiter: Discovery
Mission: STS-114
Launch: July 26 @ 10:39 a.m. EDT (1439 GMT)
Site: Pad 39B, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Landing: Aug. 9 @ 8:11 a.m. EDT (1211 GMT)
Site: Shuttle Landing Facility, KSC
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A seven-person crew, led by veteran shuttle commander Eileen Collins, will fly aboard Discovery for the shuttle return to flight mission.

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CDR: Eileen Collins

PLT: James Kelly

MS 1: Soichi Noguchi

MS 2: Stephen Robinson

MS 3: Andrew Thomas

MS 4: Wendy Lawrence

MS 5: Charles Camarda

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As America's third reusable space shuttle to fly, Discovery has successfully completed 30 missions since 1984.

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STS-114 Top Stories

NASA says September shuttle launch unlikely
NASA's Bill Gerstenmaier, who leads the investigation into fuel tank foam loss, said Thursday there were no immediate easy fixes to the problem and a September launch of shuttle Atlantis was not likely.
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Discovery lands!
The shuttle Discovery's crew, braving the hellish fire of re-entry for the first time since Columbia's ill-fated descent two-and-a-half years ago, flew safely back to Earth Tuesday, gliding to a predawn California touchdown to close out an action-packed mission.
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Iffy weather delays shuttle landing until Tuesday
Uncertainty about dynamic weather at the Kennedy Space Center forced entry flight director LeRoy Cain to pass up two landing opportunities today and to keep the shuttle Discovery's crew in orbit an extra 24 hours.
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Discovery heads for predawn touchdown
Shuttle commander Eileen Collins and pilot James Kelly tested Discovery's re-entry systems today while their crewmates packed up for landing Monday at the Kennedy Space Center. Landing is expected around 4:46:44 a.m., closing out a voyage spanning 5.3 million miles and 201 complete orbits since blastoff July 26.
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Discovery does victory lap after departing station
The shuttle Discovery undocked from the international space station early Saturday, wrapping up a successful repair and resupply mission. With pilot James Kelly at the controls, Discovery pulled away directly in front of the lab complex and then flew a loop around the station for a spectacular photo survey.
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VIDEO: DISCOVERY UNDOCKS FROM STATION AS SEEN LIVE PLAY
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Fuel tank's pre-launch foam repair under scrutiny
A "tiger team" of NASA and contractor engineers is reviewing the manufacturing history of the shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank to find clues about what might have caused a chunk of foam insulation to pop off during launch July 26. NASA officials said Friday that foam in the area that pulled away was slightly damaged during the tank's processing, requiring a standard repair for relatively routine cracks and gouges.
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Fourth spacewalk ruled out
NASA's mission management team Thursday ruled out another shuttle repair spacewalk, this one to fix a damaged insulation blanket, saying a detailed analysis showed Discovery's crew can safely return to Earth as is.
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Tribute to Fallen Heroes
The crews of space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station pay tribute to the fallen astronauts and cosmonauts lost while furthering space exploration.
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Another spacewalk a 'remote' possibility
With a successful spacewalk repair job Wednesday, engineers believe the shuttle Discovery's heat shield is in good shape for re-entry and landing Monday. But one question mark remains: What, if anything, to do about a damaged insulation blanket just below commander Eileen Collins' left cockpit window.
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Space repair man fixes shuttle tile gap fillers
Astronaut Steve Robinson made an unprecedented repair job beneath the nose of space shuttle Discovery Wednesday. The spacewalker, perched on the station's robot arm, removed with ease two protruding tile gap fillers that threatened to trigger dangerously high temperatures during the shuttle's fiery reentry.
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Protruding gap filler will be pulled out or cut off
Astronaut David Wolf demonstrated the techniques that will be used to remove two protruding tile gap fillers from Discovery's protective heat shield at a news conference on Tuesday. He showed how astronaut Steve Robinson would either pull out or cut off the material. Spaceflight Now Plus subscribers can view the demonstration here.
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NASA assesses threat from cockpit window blanket
Amid planning for an unprecedented shuttle heat-shield repair spacewalk Wednesday, engineers also are assessing the potential threat posed by a damaged insulation blanket just below commander Eileen Collins' left cockpit window. While engineers say the blanket poses no threat of heat damage during entry, there's a chance a small portion of the blanket could rip away in the lower, denser atmosphere and hit the shuttle's aft section.
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Astronauts confident about spacewalk fix-it mission
The Discovery astronauts said Tuesday they were initially concerned about the safety of a proposed spacewalk repair job Wednesday to remove two protruding "gap fillers" sticking out from heat-shield tiles on the shuttle's belly. But they are now convinced it's not only safe, but a relatively simple task that will eliminate any lingering concern about unwanted re-entry heating.
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Spacewalk beneath shuttle never attempted before
A Discovery astronaut, working on the end of the space station's robot arm, will attempt to remove two protruding "gap fillers" sticking up from protective heat-shield tiles on the belly of the shuttle Discovery Wednesday during an already planned spacewalk, officials said Monday.
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New station gyroscope installed by spacewalkers
Two spacewalkers installed a new motion control gyroscope on the international space station Monday, but initial electrical checks failed. Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi then was asked to disconnect and reseat three critical electrical cables and, after finding one that was a bit loose, the gyroscope powered up normally.
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NASA ponders spacewalk repair work on shuttle
Engineers are considering what, if anything, to do about two protruding "gap fillers" on the belly of the space shuttle Discovery that could trigger increased re-entry turbulence and localized, potentially dangerous, heating if they are left as is.
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Rocket booster cameras offer dazzling views
When space shuttle Discovery launched its two solid-fuel booster rockets were equipped with video cameras. Although not seen live, that footage has been recovered from the spent boosters after they were retrieved from the Atlantic Ocean. The video includes dramatic coverage of separation from the external fuel tank and splashdown in the sea.
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Shuttle mission extended to give bonus day at station
NASA's mission management team Saturday extended the shuttle Discovery's flight by one day, giving the astronauts more time to assist and resupply the international space station's two-man crew, and concluded the shuttle's heat-shield tiles and insulation blankets are fit for a normal re-entry Aug. 8.
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First spacewalk of the mission meets all objectives
Astronauts Stephen Robinson and Soichi Noguchi wrapped up a smooth spacewalk Saturday, testing heat-shield repair techniques, hot wiring one of the space station's gyroscopes and mounting an attachment device that later will hold a large external tool kit and spare parts box.
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Griffin doesn't rule out quick resumption of flights
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin mounted a spirited defense of the shuttle program and the beleaguered external tank project Friday, saying virtually all of NASA's post-Columbia improvements to the huge tank worked as expected during Discovery's launching Tuesday. He said the space agency was not yet ready to rule out another shuttle flight before the end of the year.
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Shuttle commander says foam problem must be fixed
The shuttle Discovery's crew was surprised and disappointed to learn about foam insulation falling off their ship's external tank during launch. Commander Eileen Collins said Friday the shuttle program should remain grounded until the problem is fixed, but she said talk of retiring the winged spaceplanes is premature.
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Timing of foam loss saved Discovery from big hit
The shuttle Discovery's crew might have dodged a bullet when a piece of foam debris broke away from an aerodynamic ramp on the side of the ship's external fuel tank during launch Tuesday. Had the foam broken away earlier, when the shuttle was deeper in Earth's atmosphere, the chunk could have hit the orbiter with potentially catastrophic results, engineers said Thursday.
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Discovery does pirouette, then docks to space station
Commander Eileen Collins guided the space shuttle Discovery to a picture-perfect docking with the international space station today, a major milestone in a mission now overshadowed by a crisis of confidence in NASA after the grounding of the shuttle fleet Wednesday.
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Foam loss must be fixed before shuttle flies again
In a major setback for NASA, senior managers Wednesday grounded the shuttle fleet, saying no more missions will be launched until engineers figure out why large, potentially catastrophic pieces of foam insulation broke away from the shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank during launch Tuesday.
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Sensor boom checks shuttle's wings and nose
The Discovery astronauts performed a detailed inspection of the shuttle's reinforced carbon carbon nose cap and wing leading edge panels Wednesday. The post-Columbia safety survey is designed to spot any entry-critical damage to the areas of the shuttle that experience the most extreme heating during the return to Earth.
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NASA studying chipped tile, debris from fuel tank
The shuttle Discovery, carrying seven astronauts, critical space station supplies and the hopes of a nation, rocketed into orbit Tuesday in a nerve-wracking bid to revive America's human space program two-and-a-half years after the Columbia disaster. But at least two pieces of debris seen falling from the shuttle shortly after launch brought back haunting memories of Columbia, prompting intensive analysis to determine what, if any, threat they might pose.
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Status Summary
Discovery safely touched down at 8:11 a.m. EDT (1211 GMT) Tuesday morning at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Weather worries off the coast of Florida thwarted both landing opportunities this morning at Kennedy Space Center, forcing a detour to the backup landing site.


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Thursday, August 4
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