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2006-08-24 14:30:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Countdown clocks began ticking on Thursday for NASA's launch of the space shuttle Atlantis, which is due to blast off on Sunday on a mission to deliver and install power-generating solar arrays on the International Space Station. The shuttle mission is only the third since the 2003 Columbia disaster. The previous flights were to test safety improvements undertaken by the U.S. space agency. Atlantis, making its 27th flight, will kick off a...

2006-08-11 09:43:54

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Astronauts assigned to fly on the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis later this month climbed into their flight suits and scrambled aboard the shuttle on Thursday for a three-hour dress rehearsal for launch. The six-member crew hopes to be back at the Kennedy Space Center in two weeks for the start of a real countdown to the first shuttle mission in more than three years aimed at resuming construction of the $100 billion International Space...

2006-08-11 09:35:24

Revises second paragraph to make clear this is the first shuttle mission in more than three years aimed at resuming construction of the International Space Station. It is not the first shuttle mission in more than three years. By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Astronauts assigned to fly on the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis later this month climbed into their flight suits and scrambled aboard the shuttle on Thursday for a three-hour dress rehearsal for launch. The...

2006-08-11 09:31:58

Revises second paragraph to make clear this is the first shuttle mission in more than three years aimed at resuming construction of the International Space Station. It is not the first shuttle mission in more than three years. By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Astronauts assigned to fly on the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis later this month climbed into their flight suits and scrambled aboard the shuttle on Thursday for a three-hour dress rehearsal for launch. The...

2006-08-10 12:25:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- Astronauts assigned to fly on the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis later this month climbed into their flight suits and scrambled aboard the shuttle on Thursday for a three-hour dress rehearsal for launch. The six-member crew hopes to be back at the Kennedy Space Center in two weeks for the start of a real countdown to the first shuttle mission in more than three years. They hope to resume construction of the $100 billion International Space Station....

2006-08-07 18:43:29

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA's next space shuttle crew arrived at Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Monday for a dress rehearsal of the late August launch of a mission to restart construction of the International Space Station. They were to participate in a practice countdown that culminates on Thursday with the six astronauts climbing into the shuttle Atlantis and strapping themselves into the seats they will occupy at launch, currently targeted for August 27. "We're...


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Christopher Ferguson
2012-09-17 09:35:02

Chris Ferguson is a retired United States Navy Captain and a former NASA astronaut. He was born Christopher J. Ferguson on September 1, 1961 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, He attended Archbishop Ryan High School and then went on to Drexel University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1984. Two years later he earned his Naval Aviator wings in NAS Kingsville, Texas after being commissioned from the Navy ROTC program at the University of Pennsylvania....

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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'