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Most Memorable Space Shuttle Missions | Highlights of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program | Space Shuttle 30th Anniversary

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NASA’s Prolific Space Shuttles
NASA’s storied space shuttle program has seen some amazing highs, and a couple devastating lows over the course of its 30-year history. Soon, the world’s first reusable spacecraft will retire to make way for NASA’s next phase. But for now, here’s a look back at the most memorable missions of the space shuttle’s tenure.

Most Memorable Space Shuttle Missions | Highlights of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program | Space Shuttle 30th Anniversary

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NASA’s Prolific Space Shuttles
NASA’s storied space shuttle program has seen some amazing highs, and a couple devastating lows over the course of its 30-year history. Soon, the world’s first reusable spacecraft will retire to make way for NASA’s next phase. But for now, here’s a look back at the most memorable missions of the space shuttle’s tenure.

With Shuttle Enterprise in NYC, Endeavour Next to Move | Space Shuttle Retirement

Xenon lights outlined space shuttle Endeavour as it returned home to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Endeavour landed for the final time on the Shuttle Landing Facility's Runway 15, on June 1, 2011, marking the 24th night landing of NASA's Space S

Xenon lights outlined space shuttle Endeavour as it returned home to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Endeavour landed for the final time on the Shuttle Landing Facility’s Runway 15, on June 1, 2011, marking the 24th night landing of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program.
CREDIT: NASA/Tom Farrar and Tony Gray

Two space shuttles down, two to go.

The prototype shuttle Enterprise arrived in New York City Friday morning (April 27) atop a specially modified 747 jet, on its way to Manhattan’s Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Enterprise’s flight came just a week after the shuttle fleet leader, Discovery, was delivered to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

NASA’s two other remaining orbiters — Endeavour and Atlantis — are also headed to museum retirement homes soon. Endeavour, the agency’s youngest shuttle, is the next to move.

Endeavour will go on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. The orbiter currently sits at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, and it’s slated to make the piggyback trip across the country this September, officials have said. [NASA’s Shuttle Program in Pictures]

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But the long flight may be the most uneventful part of Endeavour’s journey. To get to its final resting place from Los Angeles International Airport, the shuttle will have to creep along city streets for about 12 miles (20 kilometers), perhaps at just 1 mph (1.6 kph) or so, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Endeavour flew 25 space missions during its career, which stretched from May 1992 to May 2011. It was built to replace the shuttle Challenger, which exploded shortly after liftoff in January 1986 in a tragic accident that killed all seven astronauts aboard.

Like Endeavour, Atlantis is now being processed at KSC. But it won’t have to hop aboard a jumbo jet; the orbiter is destined for the KSC Visitors Complex, and it should make the short trip down the road in November, NASA officials have said.

NASA retired its storied space shuttle fleet in July 2011 after 30 years of orbital service. A total of five shuttles reached space between 1981 and 2011, but only three of these vehicles remain. Like Challenger, the shuttle Columbia was lost along with its entire crew during a mission. The orbiter broke apart while re-entering Earth’s atmosphere in February 2003.

Enterprise never made it to orbit. But the prototype shuttle performed a series of key approach and landing tests in the late 1970s, helping pave the way for its sister vehicles to reach space.

Enterprise had resided at the Smithsonian since 1985, and it had been on display at the museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., since 2003. But Enterprise was shifted to New York to make room for Discovery, which notched 39 spaceflights — more than any other spaceship in history — during its 27-year career.

You can follow SPACE.com senior writer Mike Wall on Twitter: @michaeldwall. Follow SPACE.com for the latest in space science and exploration news on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook.

With Shuttle Enterprise in NYC, Endeavour Next to Move | Space Shuttle Retirement

Xenon lights outlined space shuttle Endeavour as it returned home to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Endeavour landed for the final time on the Shuttle Landing Facility's Runway 15, on June 1, 2011, marking the 24th night landing of NASA's Space S

Xenon lights outlined space shuttle Endeavour as it returned home to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Endeavour landed for the final time on the Shuttle Landing Facility’s Runway 15, on June 1, 2011, marking the 24th night landing of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program.
CREDIT: NASA/Tom Farrar and Tony Gray

Two space shuttles down, two to go.

The prototype shuttle Enterprise arrived in New York City Friday morning (April 27) atop a specially modified 747 jet, on its way to Manhattan’s Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Enterprise’s flight came just a week after the shuttle fleet leader, Discovery, was delivered to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

NASA’s two other remaining orbiters — Endeavour and Atlantis — are also headed to museum retirement homes soon. Endeavour, the agency’s youngest shuttle, is the next to move.

Endeavour will go on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. The orbiter currently sits at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, and it’s slated to make the piggyback trip across the country this September, officials have said. [NASA’s Shuttle Program in Pictures]

2008 was God’s last warning. 2012 is economic collapse & WW III
University of Miami Helps You Complete Your College Degree
Best rates and great service on Royal Caribbean. Huge selection.

But the long flight may be the most uneventful part of Endeavour’s journey. To get to its final resting place from Los Angeles International Airport, the shuttle will have to creep along city streets for about 12 miles (20 kilometers), perhaps at just 1 mph (1.6 kph) or so, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Endeavour flew 25 space missions during its career, which stretched from May 1992 to May 2011. It was built to replace the shuttle Challenger, which exploded shortly after liftoff in January 1986 in a tragic accident that killed all seven astronauts aboard.

Like Endeavour, Atlantis is now being processed at KSC. But it won’t have to hop aboard a jumbo jet; the orbiter is destined for the KSC Visitors Complex, and it should make the short trip down the road in November, NASA officials have said.

NASA retired its storied space shuttle fleet in July 2011 after 30 years of orbital service. A total of five shuttles reached space between 1981 and 2011, but only three of these vehicles remain. Like Challenger, the shuttle Columbia was lost along with its entire crew during a mission. The orbiter broke apart while re-entering Earth’s atmosphere in February 2003.

Enterprise never made it to orbit. But the prototype shuttle performed a series of key approach and landing tests in the late 1970s, helping pave the way for its sister vehicles to reach space.

Enterprise had resided at the Smithsonian since 1985, and it had been on display at the museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., since 2003. But Enterprise was shifted to New York to make room for Discovery, which notched 39 spaceflights — more than any other spaceship in history — during its 27-year career.

You can follow SPACE.com senior writer Mike Wall on Twitter: @michaeldwall. Follow SPACE.com for the latest in space science and exploration news on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook.

From Amsterdam to Istanbul, Art and Diplomacy

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ISTANBUL — Turkey and the Netherlands are celebrating 400 years of diplomatic ties with a yearlong series of events, including an exhibition that draws parallels between the Dutch of the 17th century and the Turks of today.
“Where Darkness Meets Light — Rembrandt and his Contemporaries: The Golden Age of Dutch Art” at the Sakip Sabanci Museum features masterpieces lent by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and anonymous U.S. donors.

Now the Dutch are grappling with the euro zone crisis and immigration issues, but during the 1600s, the Netherlands’ booming economy gave rise to an expanded middle class whose merchants could finally afford to buy and commission works of art, an activity once the realm of nobility and religious leaders.

With a fleet of ships bringing porcelain from China, tobacco from the Americas and silks from the Ottoman Empire, the Dutch middle class developed a taste for luxury goods, much as the newly wealthy in Turkey seek the latest in cars, clothes and technology. Art galleries are proliferating in Istanbul as investor interest mushrooms.

Pieter Roelofs, curator of 17th-century Dutch painting at the Rijksmuseum and the curator of the Sabanci exhibition, sees parallels with Amsterdam and Istanbul, a city reveling in its own Golden Age.

From Amsterdam to Istanbul, Art and Diplomacy

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ISTANBUL — Turkey and the Netherlands are celebrating 400 years of diplomatic ties with a yearlong series of events, including an exhibition that draws parallels between the Dutch of the 17th century and the Turks of today.
“Where Darkness Meets Light — Rembrandt and his Contemporaries: The Golden Age of Dutch Art” at the Sakip Sabanci Museum features masterpieces lent by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and anonymous U.S. donors.

Now the Dutch are grappling with the euro zone crisis and immigration issues, but during the 1600s, the Netherlands’ booming economy gave rise to an expanded middle class whose merchants could finally afford to buy and commission works of art, an activity once the realm of nobility and religious leaders.

With a fleet of ships bringing porcelain from China, tobacco from the Americas and silks from the Ottoman Empire, the Dutch middle class developed a taste for luxury goods, much as the newly wealthy in Turkey seek the latest in cars, clothes and technology. Art galleries are proliferating in Istanbul as investor interest mushrooms.

Pieter Roelofs, curator of 17th-century Dutch painting at the Rijksmuseum and the curator of the Sabanci exhibition, sees parallels with Amsterdam and Istanbul, a city reveling in its own Golden Age.

Facebook Buys Instagram For $1 Billion, Turns Budding Rival Into Its Standalone Photo App | TechCrunch

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Facebook has just finished a deal to acquire mobile photo sharing app Instagram for approximately $1 billion in cash and stock. Instagram will remain an independently branded standalone app that’s separate from Facebook, but the services will increase their ties to each other. The transaction should go through this quarter pending some standard closing procedures

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