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2005-06-29 15:50:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The chief investigator of the Columbia disaster said Wednesday he's fine with NASA resuming shuttle launches in just two weeks, even though the space agency falls short of making three safety improvements he called for in 2003. "It sounds to me like they're ready to go," retired Navy Adm. Harold Gehman Jr. said in an interview with The Associated Press. "As far as what I know, they have taken all the steps necessary to be ready to fly in July." Gehman said the...

2005-06-24 20:15:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA is proceeding with plans to launch Discovery in July on the first shuttle mission since the Columbia accident after examining the risk that falling ice could damage the spacecraft, agency officials said on Friday. "I believe our concerns are put to bed and we're ready to go fly," said John Muratore, manager of the space shuttle engineering and integration office. The decision followed a daylong meeting at the Kennedy Space Center to review engineering analysis...

2005-04-18 19:00:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA's new administrator, Michael Griffin, promised Monday to leave "absolutely no stone unturned" in deciding whether it's safe to launch Discovery next month - the first space shuttle flight since the Columbia disaster. Discovery is scheduled to blast off as early as May 15. That date is in question because of a critical engineering review and stack of paperwork that still need to be completed. The review is scheduled for Tuesday at Kennedy Space Center, and...

2005-04-07 18:46:05

SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) -- As she prepares to return a crew of astronauts to space, shuttle commander Eileen Collins said Thursday her crew won't fly if NASA doesn't meet a task force's safety recommendations. "If we ever get to the point where a recommendation is not filled in anyone's mind, we are not going to fly," the retired Air Force colonel said as she sat alongside her six-member crew during a news conference at Johnson Space Center in Houston. But the space agency's only female...

2005-03-23 00:20:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA said Tuesday it will institute strict crowd control for space shuttle launches and landings, and rely more on a seldom-used touchdown site in New Mexico, to better protect the public once flights resume in a few months. Columbia's breakup during re-entry forced a re-evaluation of the space agency's public safety policy. More than 85,000 pounds of debris rained down on Texas and Louisiana as Columbia headed toward its Cape Canaveral landing strip in February...

2005-01-28 18:10:00

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- There are no major hurdles to NASA launching a space shuttle in May or June, a task force overseeing return-to-flight efforts said Friday, while also expressing concern about crew members' ability to make repairs in orbit. "There are no show-stoppers that we see out there," said Richard Covey, co-chairman of the Return to Flight Task Group. Covey said one issue that may arise is the availablility of "feasible repair techniques." NASA has scheduled a May or June launch...

2004-12-16 17:56:11

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA needs to supply astronauts with a "reasonable, doable and practicable" way to plug space shuttle holes in orbit before resuming launches, an advisory group said Thursday. The task force's position could lead to a showdown next spring between the group and NASA. NASA has been unable to come up with a good repair method despite nearly two years of engineering effort. And while the space agency has not given up, it contends it does not have to develop a...

2004-11-26 03:00:00

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE -- Experts are launching rectangular pieces of foam, traveling up to 1,500 mph, at the space shuttle's solid rocket booster to help National Aeronautics and Space Administration officials ensure the vehicle is ready to return to flight. Arnold Engineering Development Center engineers and test operators in the ballistic impact range, affectionately known as the chicken gun, are launching hundreds of block-shaped projectiles. These will simulate pieces of external tank...

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