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Pad cameras see Discovery bird strike
Posted: September 16, 2005
Duration: 18 sec
Seconds after lifting off, space shuttle Discovery's fuel tank strikes what is believed to have been a turkey buzzard. Fortunately the buzzard's carcass fell down the back side of the tank and did not strike the shuttle's delicate heatshield. This was the first recorded bird strike in 114 space shuttle launches. This clip features enhanced views of the bird strike from three different angles.
STS-114 bird strike
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Press briefing announces discovery of most distant space explosion
Posted: September 12, 2005
Duration: 54 min 1 sec
Astronomers announce the detection by NASA's Swift satellite of the most distant explosion yet, a gamma-ray burst from the edge of the visible universe, during this media teleconference held Monday, September 12.
Distant space explosion
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Progress M-54: Cargo ship docks to the space station
Posted: September 10, 2005
Duration: 4 min 54 sec
The International Space Station receives a supply shipment from Earth as the Russian Progress M-54 (ISS Progress 19P) cargo freighter successfully docks to the outpost. The linkup occurred at 10:42 a.m. EDT (1442 GMT) Sept. 10 while flying 220 miles over Central Asia. The Progress is loaded with food, water, air, thruster fuel and equipment for the station and its resident crew.
Progress docks to the station
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Shuttle Discovery's payload bay doors are opened following STS-114
Posted: September 8, 2005
Duration: 2 min 28 sec
Space shuttle Discovery's payload bay doors are opened in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3 after the shuttle was ferried back to the Kennedy Space Center after landing in California at the end of mission STS-114. Inside the bay is the Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module.
Cargo bay opened
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Atlantis is towed from the assembly building to its hangar
Posted: September 8, 2005
Duration: 3 min 39 sec
The space shuttle Atlantis is towed from the Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building to the Orbiter Processing Facility after being detached from its fuel tank and solid rocket boosters.
Atlantis tow
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Atlantis is detached from its fuel tank and boosters
Posted: September 8, 2005
Duration: 2 min 29 sec
The space shuttle Atlantis is removed from the fuel tank and boosters it was to use for mission STS-121. Following the foam loss on Discovery's STS-114 return to flight mission, it was decided the fuel tanks would require further modification and that Discovery should fly STS-121 instead of Atlantis.
Atlantis destacked
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Atlantis is lowered to the floor of the Vehicle Assembly Buidling
Posted: September 8, 2005
Duration: 3 min 28 sec
The space shuttle Atlantis is lowered by crane to the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building after being detached from the fuel tank and boosters it was due to ride into orbit on mission STS-121. That mission will now be flown by shuttle Discovery.
Atlantis lowered
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File footage of External Tank work at the Michoud Assembly Facility
Posted: September 3, 2005
Duration: 1 min 2 sec
File footage of space shuttle External Tank construction at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The plant, located 15 miles from the city's famous French Quarter, has been shutdown since Hurricane Katrina slammed into the north Gulf Coast.
Michoud file footage
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Mars Exploration Rovers: News briefing on Spirit's ascent to hilltop
Posted: September 1, 2005
Duration: 55 min 33 sec
Scientists and mission officials from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover project gather at agency headquarters in Washington on September 1 for a news conference to give an update on both intrepid robotic explorers, including Spirit's successful ascent to the top of Husband Hill.
Mars Exploration Rover news briefing
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Mars Exploration Rovers: Spirit's panorama from summit of Husband Hill
Posted: September 1, 2005
Duration: 1 min 54 sec
Steve Squyres, the Mars Exploration Roverprincipal investigator from Cornell University, narrates this presentation of Spirit's breath-taking panorama that the craft took after reaching the summit of Husband Hill in Gusev Crater.
Panorama from summit of Husband Hill
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Mars Exploration Rovers: Hear from a rover driver
Posted: September 1, 2005
Duration: 3 min 12 sec
Chris Leger, one of the rover drivers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, describes what it has been like helping guide the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit to the summit of Husband Hill.
Hear from a rover driver
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Mars Exploration Rovers: Recent science investigations by Spirit
Posted: September 1, 2005
Duration: 5 min 24 sec
Ray Arvidson of Washington University, the deputy principal investigator for the rovers' science instruments, describes the scientific work that Spirit has been doing during the last phases of the climb up Husband Hill.
Recent science investigations by Spirit
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Mars Exploration Rovers: Opportunity's recent science activities
Posted: September 1, 2005
Duration: 3 min 56 sec
While Spirit was reaching the hilltop summit, sister rover Opportunity has been continuing its scientific examinations half-a-world away in Meridiani Planum. Rover principal investigator Steve Squyres provides an update on Opportunity's latest findings.
Opportunity's recent science activities
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Mars Exploration Rovers: Current status of Spirit and Opportunity
Posted: September 1, 2005
Duration: 3 min 25 sec
Jacob Matijevic, the Mars Exploration Rover engineering team chief at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, gives the status of both rovers as they continue operating on the Red Planet.
Rover status
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Shuttle fuel tank heads back to factory
Posted: August 24, 2005
Duration: 3 min 27 sec
Shuttle fuel tank ET-119 is loaded onto a barge for the trip back to Lockheed Martin's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The tank will be used in the investigation to determine why foam peeled away from Discovery's fuel tank on STS-114 in July.
ET-119 leaves KSC
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Shuttle fuel tank lowered to floor of VAB
Posted: August 23, 2005
Duration: 6 min 41 sec
Shuttle fuel tank, ET-119 is hoisted out of its storage cell and lowered to the floor of the Vehicle Assembly Building. The tank is being returned to its manufacturing plant as part of the investigation into foam loss on STS-114.
ET lowered
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Discovery is towed into the Orbiter Processing Facility
Posted: August 22, 2005
Duration: 1 min 38 sec
The space shuttle Discovery is towed into its hangar, Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3, returning it home after the STS-114 return to flight mission, that began on July 26 a few miles away at pad 39B and ended at Edwards Air Force Base in California on August 9, 2005.
Discovery towed in
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Discovery is towed away from the Shuttle Landing Facility
Posted: August 22, 2005
Duration: 2 min 42 sec
The space shuttle Discovery is towed away from the mate-demate device at the Shuttle Landing Facility towards its Orbiter Processing Facility hangar near the Kennedy Space Center's landmark Vehicle Assembly Building.
Discovery tow begins
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Discovery's nose wheel is lowered to the ground
Posted: August 22, 2005
Duration: 1 min 29 sec
Discovery's nose wheel is gently lowered to ground and the orbiter is detached from the mate-demate device in readiness for its tow to the Orbiter Processing Facility.
Discovery nose down
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Discovery is lowered from the mate-demate device
Posted: August 22, 2005
Duration: 2 min 6 sec
Discovery is lowered onto its landing gear from the mate-demate device at the Shuttle Landing Facility so it can be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility.
Discovery is lowered
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