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International Space Station (ISS)

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The International Space Station (ISS) is a research facility currently being assembled in outer space, the on-orbit construction of which began in 1998.

International Space Station (ISS): (19 Aug. 2007) --- Backdropped by a blue and white Earth, the International Space Station moves away from Space Shuttle Endeavour.International Space Station (ISS): (19 Aug. 2007) --- Backdropped by a blue and white Earth, the International Space Station moves away from Space Shuttle Endeavour.

NASA Deep Impact: Spacecraft and mission profile

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Launched in January 2005, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft traveled about 431 million kilometers (268 million miles) to the vicinity of comet Tempel 1.

NASA Deep Impact - artist's conceptionNASA Deep Impact - artist's conception

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander: Spacecraft and mission profile

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Mars is a cold desert planet with no liquid water on its surface. But in the Martian arctic, water ice lurks just below ground level.

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander: During the first 25 seconds after NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander deploys its parachute, the spacecraft will jettison its heat shield and extend its three legs.NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander: During the first 25 seconds after NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander deploys its parachute, the spacecraft will jettison its heat shield and extend its three legs.

Space Shuttle Columbia: Spacecraft profile

Space Shuttle Columbia (NASA Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-102) was the first spaceworthy space shuttle in NASA's orbital fleet.

Space Shuttle Columbia STS-109: (1 March 2002) --- The Space Shuttle Columbia passes through some pre-dawn clouds as it soars into the sky to begin its 27th flight, STS-109. Liftoff occurred at 6:22:02:08 a.m., EST (11:22:02:08 GMT). The goal of the mission is the maintenance and upgrade of the Hubble Space Telescope, to be carried out in five space walks.Space Shuttle Columbia STS-109: (1 March 2002) --- The Space Shuttle Columbia passes through some pre-dawn clouds as it soars into the sky to begin its 27th flight, STS-109. Liftoff occurred at 6:22:02:08 a.m., EST (11:22:02:08 GMT). The goal of the mission is the maintenance and upgrade of the Hubble Space Telescope, to be carried out in five space walks.

Space Shuttle Atlantis: Spacecraft profile

Space Shuttle Atlantis (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-104) is one of the three currently operational orbiters in the Space Shuttle fleet of NASA, the space agency of the United States. The other two are Discovery and Endeavour.

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-122: Space Shuttle Atlantis with its crew of seven astronaut rise from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center to start the STS-122 mission to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Jim GrossmannSpace Shuttle Atlantis STS-122: Space Shuttle Atlantis with its crew of seven astronaut rise from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center to start the STS-122 mission to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

Space Shuttle Discovery: Spacecraft profile

Space Shuttle Discovery (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-103) is one of the three currently operational orbiters in the Space Shuttle fleet of NASA, the space agency of the United States. The other two are Atlantis and Endeavour.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-124: (31 May 2008) --- The Space Shuttle Discovery and its seven-member STS-124 crew head toward Earth-orbitSpace Shuttle Discovery STS-124: (31 May 2008) --- The Space Shuttle Discovery and its seven-member STS-124 crew head toward Earth-orbit

U-2 Dragon Lady: Aircraft profile

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The U-2 provides high-altitude, all-weather surveillance and reconnaissance, day or night, in direct support of U.S. and allied forces.

U-2 Dragon Lady: A US Air Force (USAF) U-2R Dragon Lady aircraft assigned to the 363rd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, takes off for a mission from an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.U-2 Dragon Lady: A US Air Force (USAF) U-2R Dragon Lady aircraft assigned to the 363rd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, takes off for a mission from an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

S-3B Viking: Aircraft profile

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The S-3B Viking is an all-weather, carrier-based jet aircraft, providing protection against hostile surface combatants while also functioning as the Carrier Battle Groups' primary overhead/mission tanker.

S-3B Viking: Western Pacific Ocean (Oct. 20, 2003) -- An S-3B Viking assigned to the “Dragonfires” of Sea Control Squadron Twenty Nine (VS-29), flies over the Western Pacific Ocean during flight operations.S-3B Viking: Western Pacific Ocean (Oct. 20, 2003) -- An S-3B Viking assigned to the “Dragonfires” of Sea Control Squadron Twenty Nine (VS-29), flies over the Western Pacific Ocean during flight operations.

C-141 Starlifter: Aircraft profile

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The C-141A, built between 1963 and 1967, was the USAF's first jet aircraft designed to meet military standards as a troop and cargo carrier.

C-141 Starlifter: A C-141B Starlifter aircraft is followed by a C-130 Hercules aircraft as the Military Airlift Command planes taxi on the flight line during exercise Market Square III.C-141 Starlifter: A C-141B Starlifter aircraft is followed by a C-130 Hercules aircraft as the Military Airlift Command planes taxi on the flight line during exercise Market Square III.

Space Shuttle Endeavour: Spacecraft profile

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NASA's Space Shuttle, officially called the Space Transportation System (STS), is the spacecraft currently used by the United States government for its human spaceflight missions.

Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-113: STS-113 Space Shuttle Endeavour landing at KSCSpace Shuttle Endeavour STS-113: STS-113 Space Shuttle Endeavour landing at KSC

At launch, it consists of a rust-colored external tank (ET), two white, slender Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs), and the orbiter, a winged spaceplane which is the space shuttle in the narrow sense.

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