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2008-09-11 18:01:43

The impact of Hurricane Ike has reached out into space and delayed the planned Friday arrival of Russian cargo ship at the International Space Station. The unmanned Russian space freighter Progress 30 was slated to arrive at the space station tomorrow at 5:01 p.m. EDT (2101 GMT), but flight controllers at NASA's Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston had yet to move the orbiting laboratory's expansive solar arrays into position for the docking before closing...

2008-09-11 18:00:07

To: SCIENCE EDITORS Contact: Michael Curie, NASA Headquarters, Washington, +1-202- 358-4715, michael.curie@nasa.gov; or James Hartsfield, Johnson Space Center, Houston, +1-281-483-5111, james.a.hartsfield@nasa.gov HOUSTON, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hurricane Ike has delayed the scheduled Friday arrival of a Russian Progress cargo ship at the International Space Station 220 miles above Earth. The Progress docking was postponed when the space station's control room at NASA's...

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2007-06-15 07:45:00

HOUSTON - Russian cosmonauts at the international space station struggled for a second day Friday to try to reboot failed computers that control the orbiting outpost's orientation and oxygen production. The Russians worked through the night but only succeeded in getting one of three power channels to the computers operating before flight controllers told them to get some sleep. "They were unable to communicate properly," flight director Holly Ridings said of the computers. Before trying to...

2005-08-08 21:40:38

By Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Astronauts aboard space shuttle Discovery, prevented from returning to Earth by bad weather on Monday, prepared for a second day of landing opportunities to conclude the first shuttle mission since the 2003 Columbia disaster. "We sure hope we get our feet on the ground today," astronaut Wendy Lawrence told mission controllers in Houston after the crew's evening wake-up call. Flight controllers decided against two landing opportunities...

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2004-12-15 07:36:31

NASA -- Children's books, mysteries and Houston's Mission Control Center have something in common.They are all dreams, some realized and some still pursued, of Dickinson, Texas, native Jennifer Hagin. She is a flight controller who will oversee the Space Shuttle's critical onboard flight computer systems when it returns to flight. Hagin has degrees in both English and engineering, fields often not complementary as anyone who has read an engineering manual can testify. But the combination came...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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