Latest George Diller Stories

2010-05-29 09:50:00

The last set of space shuttle solid rocket boosters was delivered to Kennedy Space Center in Florida Friday morning, following a final train ride from their Promontory, Utah-based factory. NASA contractor Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has been building and processing the solid rocket boosters (SRBs), which help propel space shuttles to orbit,  since the beginning of the shuttle program some three decades years ago. "I think there was a little bit of melancholy knowing that these were the...

2009-06-06 06:55:00

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, spacecraft are set to launch together to the moon aboard an Atlas V rocket on June 17. Three launch opportunities from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., are at 3:51 p.m., 4:01 p.m. and 4:11 p.m. EDT. NASA Television's coverage of the launch will begin at 1 p.m. EDT. If the launch is postponed 24 hours, the launch times on June 18 are 5:12 p.m., 5:22 p.m. and 5:32 p.m. LRO's...

2007-05-22 12:38:42

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A pilot in a single-engine plane entered restricted air space over the Kennedy Space Center and was escorted down Tuesday, officials said. The incident did not disrupt the planned launch of space shuttle Atlantis next month. The plane "was within sight of the launch pad," said NASA spokesman George Diller. The restricted air space is about 10 miles by 30 miles and is clearly marked on air charts, Diller said. Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, pilots have not...

2005-10-23 14:35:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA decided on Sunday to close the Kennedy Space Center and told its 13,000 workers to stay home on Monday as Hurricane Wilma makes a beeline for Florida. Meteorologists were predicting winds of about 60 mph (100 kph) at the space shuttle's home port at Cape Canaveral, on Florida's east-central coast, said NASA spokesman Allard Beutel. In preparation for the storm, the payload bay doors of the space shuttles Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.