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2011-01-12 14:45:00

Space shuttle Discovery remains in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida as modifications and repairs are made to the external fuel tank's support beams known as "stringers." Additional support structures called radius blocks are being added to 94 stringers, meaning the entire circumference of the external tank will be strengthened by the time all the repairs and modifications are finished. "The teams have done a tremendous job of staying focused and working...

2010-03-10 14:00:00

A senior NASA manager said Tuesday that they could continue to add more flights to their schedule if the nation is willing to keep dishing out $200 million per month, which could stop the retirement of the shuttle program later this year. NASA plans to retire the shuttle fleet in September, after four more trips to the International Space Station. Some Congressional politicians, however, are pushing for more missions to fill a gap between the end of the shuttle program and the nation's next...

2009-06-30 16:33:57

NASA is officially still on schedule with their 4-year-old plan to spend $35 billion to build new rockets and finally take astronauts to the moon again, but now a top NASA manager is proposing a cheaper alternative that costs around $6.6 billion. This less expensive option may not be as powerful as NASA's current design with its fancy new rockets, the people-carrying Ares I and cargo-lifting Ares V, but it will still get to the moon and back. The new model requires flying lunar vehicles on...

2009-05-28 15:05:00

NASA said Thursday that stormy weather conditions in Florida may push the launch of the shuttle Endeavour back from mid-June to mid-July, AFP reported. Weather conditions continue to be a problem for the US space program's scheduling. John Shannon, manager of the space shuttle program, said right now the team is just watching the weather. The space agency has allotted a three-day window from June 12 to June 15 to launch the Endeavour from the Kennedy Space Center near Cape Canaveral, but...

2008-09-08 16:45:00

NASA announced on Monday that next month's shuttle flight to the Hubble Space Telescope faces an increased risk of getting hit by space junk because it will be in a higher, more littered orbit than usual. Because of the increased risk, managers at NASA's highest levels will need to sign off on the mission. The odds of a catastrophic strike by orbital debris including bits of space junk are at about 1-in-185 during Atlantis' upcoming mission to Hubble. That compares to 1-in-300 odds for a...

2008-05-03 15:08:28

HOUSTON - NASA has pushed back the planned launch of the final flight to overhaul the Hubble Space Telescope by up to five weeks due to external fuel tank delays, mission managers said Thursday. Space shuttle program manager John Shannon said that the additional time required to include post-Columbia safety improvements in two shuttle fuel tanks supporting the Hubble servicing mission have delayed the spaceflight to no earlier than late September. A seven-astronaut crew was slated to...

2008-02-08 16:15:01

HOUSTON — A first look at video from space shuttle Atlantis' external fuel tank revealed no signs of damage to the spacecraft's heat-resistant underbelly, NASA mission managers said Friday. The seven-astronaut crew scanned the heat shield of Atlantis with a sensor-laden extension boom today to complement the discarded fuel tank's footage. John Shannon, deputy shuttle program manager, said the six-hour inspection of the shuttle's wing leading edges and nose cap also showed no...

2007-10-25 18:45:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Astronauts aboard space shuttle Discovery and the international space station joined forces Thursday, linking their ships and kicking off the biggest construction job ever attempted by a single team in orbit. History was made with the 215-mile-high linkup: It was the first time two female commanders met in space. Retired Air Force Col. Pamela Melroy steered Discovery in for the docking and was the first to enter the space station. She was embraced by Peggy Whitson, the...

2007-08-10 20:00:00

NASA discovered a worrisome gouge on Endeavour's belly soon after the shuttle docked with the international space station Friday, possibly caused by ice that broke off the fuel tank a minute after liftoff. The gouge - about 3 inches square - was spotted in zoom-in photography taken by the space station crew shortly before Endeavour delivered teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan and her six crewmates to the orbiting outpost. "What does this mean? I don't know at this point," said John Shannon,...

2006-07-14 20:50:00

By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - Astronauts aboard shuttle Discovery prepared to leave the International Space Station on Friday while ground control teams revamped landing plans to handle a small leak in one of the ship's power generators. Managers believe the leak is inconsequential but because there is not enough proof, they are proceeding cautiously. "It's a coin flip," said deputy space shuttle program manager John Shannon. The shuttle has three power units needed to move the body...

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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.