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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".
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 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.
NASA said Thursday that stormy weather conditions in Florida may push the launch of the shuttle Endeavour back from mid-June to mid-July.
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.
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.
HOUSTON — A first look at video from space
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.
NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander today accomplished the first and largest of six course corrections planned during the spacecraft's flight from Earth to Mars.
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.
- One of a pair of round metal cymbals attached to the fingers and struck together for rhythm and percussion in belly dancing.