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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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Shuttle mission STS-126

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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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We are pleased to offer the following high definition video clips of space shuttle mission STS-119 to our Spaceflight Now Plus subscribers. These video files are presented in 720p resolution. Learn how you can subscribe to Spaceflight Now Plus.


Discovery to be readied for STS-128



Date: March 28, 2009
Running Time: 8 min 23 sec
File Size: 317.6 MB

Ground crews carefully pull shuttle Discovery into the Orbiter Processing Facility hangar as the spacecraft finishes its STS-119 mission and begins the multi-month campaign to get ready for STS-128 in the summer.

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Tow back to the hangar



Date: March 28, 2009
Running Time: 6 min 25 sec
File Size: 243.4 MB

Space shuttle Discovery is towed from the Kennedy Space Center runway back to its hangar a few hours after landing to conclude STS-119.

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Landing Replays: East side tower



Date: March 28, 2009
Running Time: 1 min 44 sec
File Size: 62.8 MB

Shuttle Discovery's homecoming at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility as seen from the tower camera located on the eastern side on the runway. (Replay includes live landing audio).

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Landing Replays: West side tower



Date: March 28, 2009
Running Time: 1 min 48 sec
File Size: 65.9 MB

Discovery's homecoming at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility as seen from the tower camera located on the western side on the runway. (Replay includes live landing audio).

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Landing Replays: Mid-field



Date: March 28, 2009
Running Time: 1 min 48 sec
File Size: 65.3 MB

From a viewing spot at the middle point of the 15,000-foot long Shuttle Landing Facility runway, this video shows Discovery touching down. (Replay includes live landing audio).

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Landing Replays: VAB roof



Date: March 28, 2009
Running Time: 1 min 35 sec
File Size: 57.5 MB

From atop the 52-story Vehicle Assembly Building located southeast of the Shuttle Landing Facility, this video was recorded by a public affairs camera. (Replay includes live landing audio).

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Discovery lands!



Date: March 28, 2009
Running Time: 2 mins 58 sec
File Size: 85.4 MB

Discovery's touchdown at the Kennedy Space Center following its successful mission to the International Space Station as seen live on NASA Television.

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Station flyaround timelapse



Date: March 25, 2009
Running Time: 1 mins 30 sec
File Size: 55.2 MB

Take a spectacular loop around the International Space Station in this high definition video shot by the departing space shuttle Discovery. In this timelapse video 30 minutes of video has been condensed into 90 seconds.

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Welcome aboard



Date: March 17, 2009
Running Time: 3 mins 31 sec
File Size: 128.5 MB

Space station commander Mike Fincke, Russian flight engineer Yury Lonchakov and NASA engineer Sandra Magnus greet arriving Discovery astronauts Archambault, pilot Dominic "Tony" Antonelli, station veteran John Phillips, Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata and spacewalkers Steven Swanson, Joseph Acaba and Richard Arnold.

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Shuttle view of backflip



Date: March 17, 2009
Running Time: 4 mins 27 sec
File Size: 161.9 MB

See the shuttle's Rotation Pitch Maneuver (RPM) better known as the "backflip" as seen by a camera pointed out the aft flight deck window.

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Front view of launch



Date: March 15, 2009
Running Time: 2 min 51 sec
File Size: 103.9 MB

Discovery's launch seen by a camera positioned in front of the launch pad. It follows the shuttle's climb through separation of the solid rocket boosters.

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Camera at the Shuttle runway



Date: March 15, 2009
Running Time: 1 min 41 sec
File Size: 61.4 MB

Discovery's twilight launch seen by a camera perched on the TV tower at the Shuttle Landing Facility.

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View from the Press Site



Date: March 15, 2009
Running Time: 39 sec
File Size: 23.8 MB

A camera located close to Spaceflight Now's office at the Kennedy Space Center Press Site captures the liftoff with the world-famous countdown clock in the foreground.

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Pad perimeter camera tracks launch



Date: March 15, 2009
Running Time: 39 sec
File Size: 23.8 MB

A high definition camera near the pad perimeter captures Discovery's liftoff and then tracks its roll maneuver.

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Rooftop view



Date: March 15, 2009
Running Time: 3 min
File Size: 108 MB

A camera atop the roof of the Kennedy Space Center's towering Vehicle Assembly Building follow's Discovery's launch through separation of the Solid Rocket Boosters.

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Discovery launch as seen live



Date: March 15, 2009
Running Time: 3 min 3 sec
File Size: 110 MB

Discovery's launch as seen live on NASA Television from about T-31 seconds through solid rocket booster separation.

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Crew walkout



Date: March 15, 2009
Running Time: 2 min 30 sec
File Size: 91.3 MB

The crew of space shuttle Discovery leave their quarters at Kennedy Space Center and head for launch pad 39A.

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Discovery awaits liftoff



Date: March 11, 2009
Running Time: 4 min 18 sec
File Size: 157.3 MB

After the rotating service structure at launch pad 39A was rolled back on March 11, this footage was shot of space shuttle Discovery basking in the glow of the xenon flood lights.

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Launch pad gantry retracted



Date: March 11, 2009
Running Time: 5 min 15 sec
File Size: 191.9 MB

In the predawn hours before its first launch attempt on March 11, the rotating service structure at launch pad 39A was rolled back to reveal the orbiter.

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Crew arrives for launch



Date: March 8, 2009
Running Time: 3 min 29 sec
File Size: 114 MB

Commander Lee Archambault, pilot Tony Antonelli, mission specialists Joe Acaba, Steve Swanson, Ricky Arnold, John Phillips and station-bound astronaut Koichi Wakata make brief comments after arrival at Kennedy Space Center.

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Shuttle manager explains valve issue



Date: February 20, 2009
Running Time: 2 min 24 sec
File Size: 71 MB

Space shuttle program manager John Shannon explains the issues with the orbiter's gaseous hydrogen flow control valves that led to Discovery's launch being repeatedly delayed.

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Payload bay doors closed for launch



Date: January 21, 2009
Running Time: 5 min 00 sec
File Size: 183.2 MB

Space shuttle Discovery's 60-foot-long payload bay doors are closed and locked on January 21 in preparation for launch in February to deliver the Starboard 6 truss to the space station.

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Payload bay ready for closeout



Date: January 21, 2009
Running Time: 4 min 19 sec
File Size: 158.2 MB

This is a final survey of space shuttle Discovery's payload bay, the equipment inside and the Starboard 6 truss just before the doors are closed for the STS-119 flight.

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Shuttle evacuation practice



Date: January 21, 2009
Running Time: 1 min 43 sec
File Size: 63.1 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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Crew boards Discovery



Date: January 21, 2009
Running Time: 5 min 29 sec
File Size: 200.7 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 Discovery for the final three hours of the mock countdown.

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Launch day simulation begins



Date: January 21, 2009
Running Time: 1 min 21 sec
File Size: 49.8 MB

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

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Crew visits the payload bay



Date: January 20, 2009
Running Time: 3 min 27 sec
File Size: 126.7 MB

Members of space shuttle Discovery's crew take the opportunity to inspect the Starboard 6 truss already packed inside the payload bay for launch during their visit to pad 39A.

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Emergency training



Date: January 20, 2009
Running Time: 5 min 25 sec
File Size: 198.5 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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Nighttime landing simulations



Date: January 19, 2009
Running Time: 5 min 14 sec
File Size: 190.1 MB

Commander Lee Archambault and pilot Tony Antonelli, wearing their launch and entry spacesuits, climb inside a pair of Shuttle Training Aircraft for practice nighttime landing approaches at Kennedy Space Center's runway during the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test.

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Tank test driving



Date: January 19, 2009
Running Time: 5 min 33 sec
File Size: 202.8 MB

Discovery's seven astronauts take turns test-driving an armored tank available for the crew to escape the pad 39A area if an emergency arises during the launch countdown.

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Crew arrives for countdown rehearsal



Date: January 19, 2009
Running Time: 5 min 53 sec
File Size: 214.9 MB

The seven astronauts to launch aboard the shuttle Discovery for the STS-119 mission to the space station arrive at the Kennedy Space Center in T-38 jets on January 19 to begin a countdown dress rehearsal.

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Discovery receives truss payload



Date: January 17, 2009
Running Time: 3 min 42 sec
File Size: 135.5 MB

Inside the launch pad 39A's Payload Changeout Room, the Starboard 6 truss headed for the space station aboard shuttle Discovery are pulled out of transportation canister on January 12.

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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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Moving truss into cleanroom



Date: January 12, 2009
Running Time: 5 min 04 sec
File Size: 185.7 MB

Inside the launch pad 39A's Payload Changeout Room, the Starboard 6 truss headed for the space station aboard shuttle Discovery are pulled out of transportation canister on January 12.

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A lift given by gantry crane



Date: January 11, 2009
Running Time: 3 min 29 sec
File Size: 127.6 MB

The payload transportation canister is hoisted by a crane on the launch pad's Rotating Service Structure for unloading of the Starboard 6 truss into the pad's cleanroom facility.

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Payload delivered to pad



Date: January 11, 2009
Running Time: 3 min 26 sec
File Size: 125.8 MB

The transportation canister holding space shuttle Discovery's payload for the STS-119 space station mission -- the Starboard 6 truss -- is driven to launch pad 39A on January 12.

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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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Payload moved to transporter



Date: January 7, 2009
Running Time: 51 sec
File Size: 31.2 MB

In the Space Station Processing Facility on January 7, an overhead crane delivers the Starboard 6 power truss into the transportation canister that will haul the payload to launch pad 39A.

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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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