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STS-107 Crew
2013-02-01 04:34:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Today we remember a tragedy that took the lives of seven astronauts, ten years ago, when space shuttle Columbia disintegrated over the Texas sky upon re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. Ten years ago from today, at 7:59 a.m., reports started coming in of a loud explosion and what seemed like fiery debris coming down from the East Texas sky. Crew members of the STS-107 mission had just wrapped up 16-days in orbit, and were heading...

2011-05-06 14:28:00

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Space Flight Awareness Program recently recognized LaVerne Randolph of Washington, an administrative officer and secretary of the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Procurement at NASA Headquarters, for outstanding support of human space flight. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Randolph was recognized for her work supporting meetings on key decisions surrounding the International Space Station,...

2010-09-01 09:20:00

President Obama's proposals to change the focus of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has won the support of 14 Nobel laureates, as well as several former American astronauts and senior NASA officials who have signed their names to an open letter addressed to House Committee on Science and Technology Bart Gordon. In the letter, the 30 signees criticize a bill, currently under consideration in the house, that they claim will leave technology development, commercial...

2009-05-01 11:35:00

NASA plans to begin laying off about 900 employees over the next five years as its space shuttle program comes to a close in 2010. The first series of 160 employees affected by the job cuts were to be notified on Friday. Most consist of manufacturing jobs of contractors. "This is the first significant loss of manufacturing capability," said shuttle program manager John Shannon. The shuttle system is being phased out to make room for new Apollo-inspired capsules called Orion, set to be...

2009-04-17 08:41:50

The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, or ASAP, has released its 2008 annual report. The report examines NASA's safety performance and advises agency and government leaders on ways to improve performance. The ASAP is an independent group of experts that has been evaluating NASA's safety performance and advising the agency on ways to improve that performance since it was established in 1968. "The panel members believe NASA and the new administration stand at a critical crossroads for the...

2005-08-17 17:20:00

MELBOURNE, Florida -- NASA's efforts to resume shuttle flights were tainted by some of the same problems that caused the 2003 Columbia disaster, seven members of an oversight task force wrote in a minority opinion attached to the panel's final report released on Wednesday. "It is difficult to be objective based on hindsight, but it appears to us that lessons that should have been learned have not been," wrote seven of the 26 members who oversaw how NASA implemented the recommendations of...

2005-08-09 14:30:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The space shuttle Discovery may have put NASA back into the human spaceflight business after the 2003 Columbia disaster, but it will be up to shuttle Atlantis to keep it there. That may not happen for some time. Discovery returned on Tuesday from a 14-day mission to test post-Columbia safety upgrades and resupply the International Space Station. "I think we met the milestone of return to flight and the next test-flight is in the works," said shuttle program manager...

2005-07-12 17:31:31

JERUSALEM -- The widow of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon said she won't attend Wednesday's launch of space shuttle Discovery because the pain over her husband's death in the Columbia disaster is still too fresh. NASA invited the families of the seven Columbia astronauts to the launch, the first shuttle mission since Columbia broke up on re-entry 2 1/2 years ago, killing all aboard. "It (the launch) is not for me at the moment," Rona Ramon told Israel Army Radio Tuesday. "All the families will...

2005-07-09 19:01:29

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The similarities between the Challenger and Columbia disasters were so strong - at least in terms of NASA's dysfunctional safety culture - that one accident investigator spoke poignantly of hearing an "echo." With NASA on the verge of resuming shuttle flights after a 2 1/2-year hiatus, new echoes are resounding, but they're distinctly more benign. Discovery returned Americans to space in September 1988 after a two-year, eight-month grounding following the...

2005-06-28 12:21:52

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA failed to fully comply withthree safety recommendations issued after the fatal break-up ofshuttle Columbia, but available data indicates the shuttles aresafe to fly, an expert panel said Monday, The panel said NASA has not eliminated the possibility thatdebris could fall from the shuttle's external tank and damagethe spacecraft, as it did in the Columbia disaster. In addition, the panel said, the space agency has notmanaged to sufficiently...

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  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.