June 29th, 2011
12:57 PM ET

NASA: debris is 'closest' ever to space station

(CNN) - Tuesday's space debris incident at the International Space Station was the "closest anything has come to the space station," NASA said Wednesday.

Final calculations showed the unknown object passed the space station 1,100 feet away and its source remains a mystery, according to Kelly Humphries, a spokesman at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

When the unexpected space debris came flying close to the Space Station Tuesday, it prompted the station's six astronauts to take shelter inside two Soyuz capsules, NASA said.

NASA does not expect any other close calls with this particular debris, said Humphries.

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June 29th, 2011
12:04 PM ET

Walkway to Space

"The doors to the White Room, which provide entry to space shuttle Atlantis' crew compartment, is seen here at the end of the access arm walkway on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida."

Source: NASA

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June 29th, 2011
12:01 PM ET

NASA: July 8 selected for space shuttle program's last blast

(CNN) - July 8 will mark the start of the final space shuttle mission and the end of an era, NASA announced Tuesday.

The U.S. space agency announced the date for the final flight of Atlantis following a flight readiness review at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. If nothing delays the countdown, the shuttle would depart at 11:26 a.m.

The 12-day mission will be the 135th and final flight of the space shuttle program.


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