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Shuttle Discovery Launch Weblog by Dr. Michael Freeman

Discovery has been cleared for landing. Previously this week, Shuttle managers had determined that both the tiles and the reinforced carbon-carbon components of the thermal protection system were fit for re-entry.

August 5, 2005

Students Participate in SURP Summer Program at UA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The 2005 Summer Undergraduate Research Participation Program in the chemistry department at The University of Alabama gives students an individual project to work on for 10 weeks […]

August 4, 2005

Shuttle Discovery Launch Weblog by Dr. Michael Freeman

I'm back home in Alabama. In fact, I have been working at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville this week. I got home to Tuscaloosa around 10:00 p.m. Friday night, spent the weekend recovering...

August 3, 2005

Shuttle Discovery Launch Weblog by Dr. Michael Freeman

Late yesterday evening, the Shuttle managers announced that it appeared that a small piece of foam had struck Discovery's heat shield on ascent from the launch pad. Vegas and the rest of the STS-114...

July 29, 2005

Shuttle Discovery Launch Weblog by Dr. Michael Freeman

It's been a very interesting last two days - from the exultation of a successful launch to the deep disappointment upon learning last night that the debris problems with the External Tank (ET) have...

July 28, 2005

Shuttle Discovery Launch Weblog by Dr. Michael Freeman

I am still in Florida. In fact, I will be here the rest of the week working at KSC these three days, Wednesday through Friday. I have had the pleasure of working here part-time...

July 27, 2005

Shuttle Discovery Launch Weblog by Dr. Michael Freeman

Right on the mark - totally spectacular. Countdown resumed at the 9 minute mark and everything worked as planned. At the 6 second mark, the main engines were started and throttled up. With the...

July 26, 2005

Shuttle Discovery Launch Weblog by Dr. Michael Freeman

After nearly two weeks of engineering test and analysis, NASA is ready to launch STS-114 tomorrow morning at 9:39 am CDT. I am leaving my office in 10 minutes to go to Birmingham to...

July 25, 2005

Figures Leadership Experience at UA and Stillman Forms Future Leaders

Twenty-seven incoming ninth-graders from across the state will be on The University of Alabama and Stillman College campuses to learn about becoming the state's next generation of leaders.

July 20, 2005

Shuttle Discovery Launch Weblog by Dr. Michael Freeman

Last night the External Tank's fuel (liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen - hence the requirement for cryogenic temperatures) was drained. While that was taking place, Shuttle engineers monitored and collected data on the low-level...

July 14, 2005

Shuttle Discovery Launch Weblog by Dr. Michael Freeman

Nancy, Jessica and I are on a NASA bus that was on the way to the viewing area set aside for crew family and guests. The launch has been scrubbed due to a problem...

July 13, 2005

Shuttle Discovery Launch Weblog by Dr. Michael Freeman

Today, my wife, Nancy, my daughter, Jessica, and I flew down to Orlando in advance of tomorrow's planned launch of the Space Shuttle, STS-114, with UA aerospace engineering alumnus Jim "Vegas" Kelly serving as...

July 12, 2005

UA to Host High School Students Attending Multicultural Journalism Workshop July 10-21

The University of Alabama journalism department has selected 15 top high school students to attend its 22nd annual Multicultural Journalism Workshop July 10-21 on campus.

July 7, 2005

UA’s First Astronaut Will Pilot July Space Shuttle Mission

James Kelly, who earned his master of science in aerospace engineering from The University of Alabama in 1996, will pilot the Space Shuttle Discovery on NASA’s Return to Flight Mission. The liftoff is scheduled...

July 5, 2005