The U.S. space agency announced on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, that it would like to delay the last two space shuttle missions so the last one lifts off in February 2011, rather than in November 2010.
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With NASA running out of space shuttle missions, there is a much reduced need for active astronauts at the Johnson Space Center. Consequently, many are leaving the U.S. space agency for other employment or retirement.
As the space shuttle program winds down, NASA’s prime shuttle contractor will be laying off about 15% of its workforce on October 1, 2010. About 1,300 space shuttle employees will be out of their space jobs in Florida, Texas, and Alabama.
For the first time, NASA has provided a very interesting video of the recovery process of its shuttle's solid rocket boosters. Specifically, the U.S. space agency shows the SRBs recovered after being used in the STS-133 mission of space shuttle Discovery -- its last flight into space.
A lot of space stuff is flying over your local sky at the end of May 2011 and the beginning of June 2011, like NASA’s Nanosail-D, the first solar sail to orbit Earth, and the space shuttle Endeavour, as it is docked to the International Space Station.
NASA announced on October 3, 2011, that in early November it will begin the process to find new astronauts to support its Expedition missions to the International Space Station and future missions to the inner solar system. This latest group of astronauts will be NASA Group 21.
The U.S. space agency NASA, best known for its missions to space, also goes exploring into the ocean, beginning in May 2010, with the 14th expedition of its NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO).
On Tuesday, April 12, 2011, NASA administrator Charles Bolden announced the facilities where four of the remaining space shuttle orbiters will be housed for public display after the Space Transportation System (STS) program is retired later this year.