U.S. space shuttle Discovery landed safely at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday, ending its nearly 27-year flying career as the world's most- traveled spaceship. According to NASA, Discovery touched down at 11:57 a.m. EST ( 1657 GMT) after a 13-day resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). "For the final time: wheels stop," Discovery's commander Steven Lindsey called out as the shuttle rolled to a full stop. Discovery lifted off on Feb. 24 from the Kennedy Center and arrived at the space station on Feb. 26. During the mission, the astronauts installed a spare closet module on the space station, completed some important repairs and delivered the first humanoid robot, though it will need more time to be assembled and made operational. The 330-pound R2 consists of a head and a torso with two arms and two hands. Once it is unpacked -- likely several months after its arrival at the station -- it will initially be operated inside the Destiny laboratory … [Read more...] about U.S. shuttle Discovery lands in Florida, concluding flying career
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U.S. space shuttle Discovery, the most-flown spacecraft in history, made its final trip and landed in the nation's capital on Tuesday where it will go on permanent display by the Smithsonian later this week. Before landing, the spacecraft soared around the Washington Monument and White House in a salute to the capital. It rode on the back of a modified Boeing 747 jumbo jet and took a spin around Washington at an easy-to-spot 1,500 feet before it was grounded for good. The air- and spacecraft duo's four-hour flight left the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 6:58 a.m. (1058 GMT), just after dawn. They landed at Washington Dulles International Airport at 11:05 a. m. EDT (1505 GMT). The departure marked a final separation for Discovery and the Kennedy Space Center, which had served as the shuttle's home base and launch site since 1983. Thousands also packed the National Mall to watch the pair swoop by. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and other former NASA astronauts and staff awaited … [Read more...] about U.S. shuttle Discovery makes final flight
U.S. space agency NASA transferred Thursday space shuttle Discovery to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, where it will go on permanent display. The title transfer, which was witnessed by more than two dozen astronauts who flew on Discovery over the course of its 39 missions and more than 365 days in space, kicked off a four-day festival celebrating the retired orbiter's induction into the national aerospace collection at the museum. "Discovery has distinguished itself as the champion of America' s shuttle fleet. In its new home, it will shine as an American icon, educating and inspiring people of all ages for generations to come," said John Dailey, director of the museum. "The Museum is committed to teaching and inspiring youngsters, so that they will climb the ladder of academic success and choose professions that will help America be competitive and successful in the world of tomorrow." The retired shuttle arrived in Washington Tuesday from Kennedy Space Center in … [Read more...] about NASA transfers shuttle Discovery to museum
The United States on Tuesday announced its fourth mad cow case found in central California, stressing that the animal with the disease did not enter food chain and there was no threat to beef or milk. "The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the nation's fourth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, commonly known as 'mad cow disease') in a dairy cow from central California," the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a statement. The carcass of the animal is being held under state authority at a rendering facility in California and will be destroyed, and "it was never presented for slaughter for human consumption, so at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health," the department said. Officials are still trying to determine how the cow was infected. The department said the finding was an atypical case of mad cow disease, which is very rare. Atypical cases do not come from eating infecting animal … [Read more...] about Fourth mad cow case detected in U.S.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Remarks Vietnam Business Forum under VCCI would like to introduce extracts of remarks of U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez at the seminar on November 6 in Hanoi organized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce & Industry (VCCI), and US-Vietnam Friendship Society. In September in Washington, Ambassador Chien was kind enough to invite me to join in the celebration of Vietnam’s Declaration of Independence and commemorate the anniversary of Ho Chi Minh’s passing. At Ba Dinh Square, 62 years ago, President Ho Chi Minh, in declaring Vietnam’s independence from colonial France, quoted almost verbatim the immortal words in America’s declaration of independence from Great Britain. The opening paragraph of his speech was: “All men are created equal. They are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights. Among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” There has been … [Read more...] about U.S. Secretary of Commerce Remarks