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Shuttle mission STS-125

Atlantis readied for final mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Shuttle mission STS-127

Endeavour's dual preps for standby rescue craft and June construction flight to space station.

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Shuttle mission STS-119

Take a loop around the International Space Station aboard the shuttle Discovery in stunning high definition.

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Launch of Kepler

Kepler planet-finder begins its mission to discover Earth-like worlds orbiting other stars in the galaxy.

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LRO and LCROSS

NASA's new lunar orbiter and impactor experiment are being prepped for launch in May.

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Delta 4 and GOES O

A Delta 4 rocket has rolled out to launch a new geostationary weather satellite.

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Current shuttle video

Shuttle Discovery is being prepped for its STS-119 mission planned to launch in February.

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Shuttle mission STS-126

High definition from orbit! New clips from Endeavour's mission to the space station.

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From the vault

Historical footage from the early days of the space program.

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Shuttle mission STS-124

High definition footage of Discovery's launch and landing on a mission to deliver Japan's science lab to the space station.

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The GLAST launch

The countdown and launch for NASA's GLAST gamma ray observatory.

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STS-125: Atlantis back to the hangar



Date: June 4, 2009
Running Time: 4 min 48 sec
File Size: 175 MB

Space shuttle Atlantis is put back on its wheels and then towed along the roadway to the Orbiter Processing Facility for post-flight deservicing and the start of preparations for the STS-129 mission.

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STS-125: Mate-Demate Device at work



Date: June 4, 2009
Running Time: 3 min 58 sec
File Size: 145 MB

Space shuttle Atlantis, still riding atop its 747 carrier aircraft, is towed into the Mate-Demate Device facility at the Kennedy Space Center landing strip for removal from the jet.

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STS-125: Atlantis returns home



Date: June 3, 2009
Running Time: 4 min 49 sec
File Size: 176 MB

Space shuttle Atlantis safely concludes its cross-country trek atop a Boeing 747 carrier jet, returning home to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 6:53 p.m.

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STS-127: Shuttle evacuation practice



Date: June 4, 2009
Running Time: 1 min 41 sec
File Size: 61.9 MB

After clocks halted in the final seconds to simulate a shutdown of the three main engines just prior to liftoff, the crew exits the shuttle and practices scurrying to the slide-wire baskets for a quick evacuation of the pad.

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STS-127: Crew boards Endeavour



Date: June 4, 2009
Running Time: 3 min 40 sec
File Size: 134.6 MB

After the short ride out to launch pad 39A, the astronauts walk across the access arm to the White Room and begin boarding shuttle Endeavour for the final three hours of the mock countdown.

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STS-127: Launch day simulation begins



Date: June 4, 2009
Running Time: 3 min 22 sec
File Size: 123.6 MB

The astronauts follow a normal launch morning routine during the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, donning their spacesuits and then departing the crew quarters building and getting into the Astrovan.

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STS-127: Astronauts visit the payload bay



Date: June 3, 2009
Running Time: 2 min 04 sec
File Size: 76 MB

Members of space shuttle Endeavour's crew take the opportunity to inspect the mission cargo already packed inside the payload bay for launch during their visit to pad 39A.

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STS-127: Crew's emergency training



Date: June 3, 2009
Running Time: 3 min 49 sec
File Size: 139.7 MB

The astronauts spend time learning how to evacuate pad 39A if an emergency arises, including procedures to operate the slide-wire baskets that would quickly whisk the crew from the launch tower to a bunker west of the pad.

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STS-127: Gantry encloses Endeavour



Date: May 31, 2009
Running Time: 2 min 37 sec
File Size: 95.6 MB

With the mobile launching platform securely anchored atop pad 39A, the crawler-transporter drives away and the rotating service gantry is placed around space shuttle Endeavour.

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STS-127: Endeavour completes pad switch



Date: May 31, 2009
Running Time: 6 min 42 sec
File Size: 244 MB

Space shuttle Endeavour is moved to pad 39A where the ship will undergo final launch preparations for its STS-127 construction mission to the International Space Station.

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STS-127: Endeavour leaves pad 39B



Date: May 31, 2009
Running Time: 6 min 00 sec
File Size: 216.9 MB

Shuttle Endeavour is hauled off Kennedy Space Center's pad 39B, having completed its role there as a standby rescue vehicle during the Hubble servicing mission. The pad will be turned over to the Constellation program for its Ares 1 rocket.

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Delta 2 launches STSS-ATRR satellite



Date: May 5, 2009
Running Time: 3 min
File Size: 99.6 MB

The Delta 2 rocket carrying the engineering trailblazer for America's new Space Tracking and Surveillance System launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

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Delta 4-Heavy launches spy satellite



Date: January 17, 2009
Running Time: 2 min 34 sec
File Size: 93.15 MB

The Delta 4-Heavy rocket launched from Cape Canaveral's Complex 37 at 9:47 p.m. EST January 17 carrying a classified reconnaissance satellite for the U.S. government.

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Time-lapse of tower rollback



Date: January 14, 2009
Running Time: 30 sec
File Size: 93.15 MB

A time-lapse movie shows the 33-story mobile service tower retracting to reveal the massive Delta 4-Heavy rocket standing atop pad 37B at Cape Canaveral for the NROL-26 launch.

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Delta's pad tower rolled back



Date: January 14, 2009
Running Time: 1 min 32 sec
File Size: 56.16 MB

The mobile service gantry at Cape Canaveral's Complex 37 is rolled away from the Delta 4-Heavy rocket in preparation for launch on the NROL-26 classified satellite-deployment mission.

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On the launch pad



Date: January 14, 2009
Running Time: 3 min 14 sec
File Size: 118.5 MB

Poised to fly the 125th mission of the space shuttle program, Discovery arrives at Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A following its journey from the Vehicle Assembly Building.

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Discovery leaves VAB



Date: January 14, 2009
Running Time: 4 min 56 sec
File Size: 180.4 MB

Space shuttle Discovery began its early morning rollout from the Vehicle Assembly Building at 5:17 a.m. January 14 riding atop a mobile launch platform and carried by an Apollo-era transporter.

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Spaceplane goes vertical



Date: January 8, 2009
Running Time: 5 min 12 sec
File Size: 191.4 MB

In the early morning hours of January 8, shuttle Discovery was hoisted into the assembly bay where its external tank and solid rocket boosters stood stacked aboard the mobile launch platform.

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Spaceplane goes vertical



Date: January 7, 2009
Running Time: 5 min 14 sec
File Size: 191.7 MB

After Discovery rode into the Vehicle Assembly Building, ground crews quickly got to work hooking up the overhead crane and turning the shuttle upright with its nose pointed toward the ceiling.

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Shuttle Discovery travels from hangar to the Vehicle Assembly Building



Date: January 7, 2009
Running Time: 4 min 33 sec
File Size: 166.7 MB

The first visible sign that a shuttle launch is nearing occurs when the orbiter moves from its hangar to the Vehicle Assembly Building for attachment to the external fuel tank and twin solid rockets. Discovery made that trip January 7 in preparation for its mid-February blastoff on STS-119.

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Landing gear retracted



Date: January 7, 2009
Running Time: 54 sec
File Size: 33.4 MB

The nose wheel landing gear of space shuttle Discovery is retracted for flight as the spacecraft rests atop its 76-wheel special transport vehicle inside the hangar.

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Discovery's engines installed



Date: January 1, 2009
Running Time: 4 min 29 sec
File Size: 164.4 MB

The three main engines for shuttle Discovery's STS-119 mission were installed in mid-September during routine pre-flight preparations inside the Orbiter Processing Facility hangar.

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Endeavour lands in California



Date: November 30, 2008
Running Time: 3 min 55 sec
File Size: 141.17 MB

The space shuttle Endeavour touches down at Edwards Air Force Base in California after bad weather diverted it from Florida.

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Endeavour flies along side station



Date: November 28, 2008
Running Time: 1 min 41 sec
File Size: 60.36 MB

The space shuttle Endeavour flies below the International Space Station after undocking from the complex.

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Endeavour departs station



Date: November 28, 2008
Running Time: 4 min 45 sec
File Size: 169.9 MB

The space shuttle Endeavour undocks from the International Space Station in darkness as seen from a camera mounted in one of the station's windows. The shuttle's thruster firings are visible in this footage.

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Spacewalkers return



Date: November 18, 2008
Running Time: 3 min 34 sec
File Size: 130.12 MB

STS-126 astronauts Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and Stephen Bowen return to the Quest airlock after completing the first spacewalk of their mission. Features background audio from inside the airlock.

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Endeavour performs flip



Date: November 16, 2008
Running Time: 1 min 52 sec
File Size: 68.4 MB

Endeavour performs a 360-degree nose-first pirouette so the station crew could photograph its belly to check for damage to its heat resistant tiles. This is an edited version of the maneuver.

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2008: A Space Odyssey



Date: November 16, 2008
Running Time: 43 sec
File Size: 26.4 MB

The crew of Endeavour re-created a scene from the classic science fiction movie 2001: A Space Odyssey during the shuttle's flip maneuver during its final approach to the space station.

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Shuttle on final approach



Date: November 16, 2008
Running Time: 46 sec
File Size: 28.3 MB

Endeavour flies below the International Space Station as it nears its final approach to docking. This video was shot by the station crew and the audio is the background sound from within the Zvezda module.

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STS-126 crew profiles



Date: November 14, 2008
Running Time: 10 min 5 sec
File Size: 296.3 MB

Take a look at the seven astronauts who make up the crew of space shuttle Endeavour on mission STS-126 in this video produced by NASA.

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Pad perimeter camera



Date: November 14, 2008
Running Time: 31 sec
File Size: 19.4 MB

A camera inside the pad perimeter fence provides a side view of Endeavour's main engine and solid rocket booster ignition.

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Launch pad camera



Date: November 14, 2008
Running Time: 55 sec
File Size: 18.7 MB

A camera at launch pad 39A captures the start of Endeavour's main engines and attempts to track the vehicle's climb but is obscured by the rocket plume.

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View from the press site



Date: November 14, 2008
Running Time: 55 sec
File Size: 33.12 MB

Members of the news media observe the launch from the Kennedy Space Center press site by the world famous countdown clock.

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South Beach Tracker



Date: November 14, 2008
Running Time: 1 min 22 sec
File Size: 49.4 MB

A tracking camera along the beach south of launch pad 39A captures Endeavour's blastoff and climb to orbit.

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Main engine start



Date: November 14, 2008
Running Time: 22 sec
File Size: 12.6 MB

An engineering camera at launch pad 39A captures the ignition of Endeavour's three main engines and then attempts to follow the shuttle's initial climb.

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Endeavour's launch as seen live



Date: November 14, 2008
Running Time: 57 sec
File Size: 34.94 MB

Endeavour's STS-126 launch from the Kennedy Space Center as broadcast live on NASA TV.

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Astronauts leave for the launch pad



Date: November 14, 2008
Running Time: 1 min 41 sec
File Size: 61.78 MB

The seven STS-126 astronauts leave their quarters bound for the launch pad.

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STS-126 crew suits up for launch



Date: November 14, 2008
Running Time: 2 min 22 sec
File Size: 86.86 MB

The STS-126 put on their bright orange pressure suits before departing for the launch pad.

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Astronauts arrive for launch



Date: November 11, 2008
Running Time: 5 min 53 sec
File Size: 214.2 MB

The seven STS-126 astronauts touchdown at the Kennedy Space Center to begin final preparations for their launch to the International Space Station.

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Crew arrives for practice countdown



Date: October 26, 2008
Running Time: 4 min 8 sec
File Size: 151.2 MB

The crew of STS-126 arrive at the Kennedy Space Center from Houston in T-38 jets for the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test to train for launch day activities.

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Leaving for countdown rehearsal



Date: October 29, 2008
Running Time: 1 min 4 sec
File Size: 39.3 MB

Wearing their pumpkin-colored pressure suits, the seven STS-126 astronauts depart their quarters headed for a launch day dress rehearsal at pad 39A.

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Emergency evacuation practice



Date: October 29, 2008
Running Time: 1 min 53 sec
File Size: 69.4 MB

The crew of STS-126 Endeavour practice an emergency evacuation from the cockpit of Endeavour at launch pad 39A as part of their final pre-launch training. In the event of an emergency on launch day the astronauts can escape the pad using slide wire baskets.

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Endeavour switches launch pads



Date: October 23, 2008
Running Time: 4 min 56 sec
File Size: 180.22 MB

Space shuttle Endeavour is moved from launch pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center, where is was standing by as a rescue ship for the Hubble repair mission, to pad 39A where is will now fly on STS-126 to the space station.

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Aerial views of Atlantis and Endeavour



Date: September 20, 2008
Running Time: 2 min 42 sec
File Size: 99.2 MB

For a few hours on Saturday morning, September 20, a true rarity occurred for NASA's space shuttle program as both Atlantis and Endeavour were fully visible on their launch pads with the gantries open. The Atlantis service tower at pad 39A was retracted to receive the payload and Endeavour had not yet been enclosed within its tower following rollout to pad 39B.

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Endeavour at sunrise



Date: September 19, 2008
Running Time: 53 sec
File Size: 32.6 MB

The sun rises on space shuttle Endeavour at Kennedy Space Center's pad 39B shortly after the overnight rollout from the Vehicle Assembly Building successfully concluded.

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Chopper flies over Endeavour



Date: September 19, 2008
Running Time: 3 min 17 sec
File Size: 120.2 MB

After shuttle Endeavour arrived at launch pad 39B, a helicopter shooting scenes for the upcoming IMAX movie about the Hubble servicing also captured this stunning aerial footage.

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Endeavour rolls out to pad 39B



Date: September 19, 2008
Running Time: 5 min 28 sec
File Size: 199.5 MB

Following through on its plan to have a quick-response space shuttle poised to launch if the Atlantis crew needs rescuing during next month's Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission, NASA rolls sistership Endeavour to the other Kennedy Space Center pad in the early morning hours of Sept. 19.

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Endeavour goes vertical for STS-126



Date: September 11, 2008
Running Time: 5 min 5 sec
File Size: 186.7 MB

The sling crane captures Endeavour and lifts the shuttle from the transport hauler that carried it from the hangar. The spacecraft is then rotated vertically, hoisted over to the assembly bay and carefully lowered into position next to the awaiting fuel tank for attachment.

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Endeavour's morning trip to VAB



Date: September 11, 2008
Running Time: 4 min 54 sec
File Size: 179.6 MB

In preparation for its role as a standby rescue craft during next month's Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission and the scheduled November logistics run to the international space station, shuttle Endeavour is moved to the Vehicle Assembly Building.

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