Space Shuttle Program

Space shuttle Endeavour arrives at new home

A man photographs Endeavour as it passes by. Photo: Reuters

In thousands of orbits of the Earth, the space shuttle Endeavour travelled 198 million kilometres at speeds of up to eight kilometres per second.

Tuesday, 16 October, 2012, 4:19am

Astronaut encourages lofty goals

She may demur at the suggestion she has become a symbol of inspiration, but a generation of young Japanese women have watched in undisguised admiration as Naoko Yamazaki became the first Japanese mother to be an astronaut.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

A bad week for ...

David Cameron

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Appeal court to rule on refugee screening

21 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Today our editors will be keeping their eyes on ...

Sub sighting in harbour

16 May 2011 - 12:00am

Perilous journey

I don't wish to sound anticlimactic, especially as China is rejoicing in the accomplishments of its first spacewalk, barely a month after its first Olympics. Rightly so, this should be another defining moment for all Chinese. Even the name 'taikonaut' is now etched alongside 'astronaut' and 'cosmonaut'. Let us not forget, though, that China is playing catch-up. How far behind are we?

4 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Difficult choices ahead for space programme

Astronauts are going about their business of enlarging and maintaining the International Space Station over the next week or so, oblivious for the time being to all but one of a number of issues swirling about the space shuttle programme - survival.

8 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Shuttle woes won't ground space quest

The launch of a new Mars orbiter designed to find the best landing places for future missions to the planet will be the ultimate answer to those who say the United States should abandon its space shuttle programme because of doubts over safety.

It reminds us that man is committed to the exploration of space to uncover the secrets of our universe - and there is no turning back.

12 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Nasa to launch space shuttle despite unmet safety goals

Nasa's space shuttle programme is finally back on track after being grounded for more than two years.

Discovery, one of three shuttles remaining from the original five-strong fleet, is scheduled for launch on July 13 - the first manned US spaceflight since the Columbia disaster in February 2003.

2 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

America's loss offers a timely lesson for all

There are few more romantic or risky endeavours for mankind than the exploration of space, a reach beyond the limits of normal existence.

3 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Ace space adventure

Attention all young astronauts. The MassMutual Jr Space Camp - an extraordinary, cost-free opportunity for students aged between seven and 11 - is open for applications.

24 May 2002 - 12:00am

Astronaut happy to spend life on Earth

What's your impression of Hong Kong?

I was here about eight years ago for a very short visit. My biggest impression was: 'How crowded!' Many people live in such a small space. There's a real energy in Hong Kong that you can feel.

Do you think Hong Kong is quite polluted?

26 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Unmanned space shuttle launch 'within weeks'

China will be ready to launch its first unmanned space shuttle before the end of the year, a pro-Beijing paper said yesterday.

The Hong Kong-based Wen Wei Po quoted unidentified Beijing experts as saying the spacecraft would be launched from the Jiuquan launch centre in Gansu province.

16 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Launch delayed

CAPE CANAVERAL: The American space agency NASA scrubbed the launch of the space shuttle Columbia because of the failure of a ground computer used to track the shuttle in flight. A new launch time was not immediately announced.

15 Oct 1993 - 12:00am

A rare snapshot of Hongkong

TAKEN from 480 kilometres above earth in 1985, the photograph on the right is a rare clear picture of Hongkong and the Pearl River Delta.

The new consultant project manager at NAPCO, Dr James van Hoften, said it took many orbits to be in the right place above Hongkong during a cloudless moment for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to get this picture.

29 Mar 1993 - 12:00am