NASA's Return to Space
July 24, 2006 On board the space shuttle that lifted off July 4 was a black plastic briefcase marked "Critical." Inside were 600 seeds that scientist John Kiss hopes will help scientists figure out which crops grow well in space.
July 7, 2006 The astronauts of the shuttle Discovery spent the third day of their mission moving tons of cargo into the International Space Station. They docked at the station after putting the shuttle through a back-flip. But the astronauts say they first had to overcome a snag: a bad thermostat on a thruster.
July 3, 2006 This is the first space shuttle launch I have ever covered. And it turns out that the trip to Kennedy Space Center isn't anything like I expected. In a world of contrasts, a horde of reporters rush past surf shops and ice cream stands to hear intricate analysis of the weather.
July 1, 2006 For the first time in almost a year, NASA is set to launch a space shuttle Sunday on a mission that will test whether the space agency has reduced the risks of flying in the 25-year-old vehicles.
June 30, 2006 The general public might recognize Wayne Hale as that NASA manager on TV who talks about ice-frost ramps and the aerodynamics of foam. But for thousands of NASA workers and their friends, Hale is known for his thoughtful and lyrical emails reflecting on life at the space agency.
June 30, 2006 Discovery's mission to deliver supplies and an astronaut to the International Space Station may sound routine, but NPR science editor David Malakoff explains why the fate of the entire shuttle program now hangs on Discovery.
June 29, 2006 If Discovery's return to Earth shapes up to be a risky prospect, NASA has a series of rescue plans ready. Discovery is rigged to fly on auto pilot, and the astronauts can escape to the space station. The question would then be, who brings them home: Americans or Russians?