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Astronauts back in Florida for Endeavour’s final mission on May 16

The crew of Endeavour's STS-134 mission led by Commander Mark Kelly is back at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to prepare for the Monday morning 8:56 a.m. launch of NASA's next-to-last space shuttle flight into the orbit.

Ancient Egyptian lake as big as Lake Erie

Washington -- A dry, sand-covered region of Egypt was home 100,000 years ago to a lake as large as one of the Great Lakes, U.S. researchers say.

Radar images taken from the space shuttle confirm that a lake wider than Lake Erie once existed a few hundred miles west of the Nile River, ScienceNews.org reported.

From the time it first appeared about 250,000 years ago, the lake in Egypt's Tushka region would have grown and shrunk periodically until finally drying up about 80,000 years ago, researchers say.

Another crack found in shuttle Discovery

Cape Canaveral, Fla. -- Engineers repairing the shuttle Discovery found another crack in the spacecraft's external fuel tank Monday, jeopardizing its launch date, U.S. officials said.

There are now four known cracks in two vertical beams called stringers that give the tank strength and rigidity, WESH-TV, Orlando, reported.

Engineers say they're not sure how they'll be able to repair Discovery in time for its upcoming seven-day launch window that begins Nov. 30.

There are a total of 180 stringers, and more may be found to be cracked as workers cut into the tank's foam insulation.

NASA officials said they hope to cut out and replace the cracked metal, after which new foam insulation could be applied that would take four days to cure.

Technical glitch delays Discovery launch once again

Discovery’s launch has again been delayed, this time after a hydrogen leak was detected in the space shuttle at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

Senate to scrap NASA's moon program

NASA's moon programme will come an end with a bill passed by Senate

The ambitious moon program of NASA will come to an end with the passage of a bill by the Senate directing NASA to work on a heavy lift rocket capable of going on long distance missions, may be up to Mars.

Seattle museum campaigns for space shuttle

Seattle -- An aviation museum in Seattle wants one of the iconic space shuttles when NASA retires the three-orbiter fleet -- and says it will have the space for it.

The Museum of Flight at Boeing Field is one of about 20 museums in the country competing for one of the three space shuttles scheduled to be retired by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as soon as next year, The (Olympia, Wash.) Olympian reported Wednesday.

It is not clear what selection criteria NASA will use to select permanent homes for the space shuttles but the Museum of Flight says it meets all the requirements outlined to date.

Shuttle Atlantis docks with ISS

Cape Canaveral, Fla. -- The crew of the space shuttle Atlantis hugged and joined hands with astronauts aboard the International Space Station Sunday 220 miles above the Earth.

Atlantis docked with the orbiting space station at 10:28 a.m. EDT as the spacecraft passed over the South Pacific Ocean, NASA said. Astronauts opened the hatches over the equator about two hours later and the handshakes and smiles began as the six Atlantis crewmembers were greeted by the six astronauts on the space station.

NASA's new budget likely to scrap Constellation program

New York, February 1 -- Details of NASA’s space program will be out today when President Barack Obama presents a budget request.

Bad weather delays Atlantis landing again

Florida, May 24: Thunderstorms delayed the landing of the space shuttle Atlantis for the second successive day on Saturday. The astronauts on board had to spend an extra day in space after bad weather had prevented the planned landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday.