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2008-06-28 03:02:26

By Elizabeth Souder, The Dallas Morning News Jun. 28--The new chief executive of Energy Future Holdings answered a long-burning question on Friday: Why would private equity companies want to buy a Texas utility? John Young, who's been head of the Dallas power company since January, said the companies that bought the former TXU Corp. last year expect the energy industry to grow. "This industry is going to be in growth for some time," Mr. Young told the Dallas Friday Club. Plus, he...

2007-05-25 18:10:00

By TRAVIS REED CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The floor rumbles and roars as the space shuttle gets to blastoff speed. Minutes later, the vehicle pitches forward suddenly at engine cutoff, showing a serene view of Earth. Kennedy Space Center's shuttle launch simulator is as close to outer space as most people will ever get. But it really is comparable, say those who know. Nearly 40 astronauts took the maiden voyage Friday at Kennedy's visitor center. The Shuttle Launch Experience is the agency's...

2006-04-12 16:10:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- The thought of test launching a new spaceship with people aboard is unfathomable to NASA, which hopes to have a replacement for the space shuttle ready for test flights as early as 2016. But 25 years ago, the agency did just that with the shuttle Columbia. John Young, a veteran of the Gemini and Apollo programs of the 1960s and early 1970s, and rookie astronaut Robert Crippen were strapped inside for the debut launch. "This was the boldest test flight...

2006-01-31 07:30:00

NASA -- Moondust. "I wish I could send you some," says Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan. Just a thimbleful scooped fresh off the lunar surface. "It's amazing stuff." Feel it -- it's soft like snow, yet strangely abrasive. Taste it -- "not half bad," according to Apollo 16 astronaut John Young. Sniff it -- "it smells like spent gunpowder," says Cernan. How do you sniff moondust? Every Apollo astronaut did it. They couldn't touch their noses to the lunar surface. But, after every...

2006-01-18 05:20:00

NASA -- Now this is a ski report: Clear skies, no wind, sweet slopes and deep powder -- not expected to melt for at least five billion years. Grab your poles and pack your bags. Just don't forget your spacesuit, because you're going to the moon. The moon's dust-covered mountains reminded more than one Apollo astronaut of a winter wonderland: "My snowsuit's ready," joked Apollo 14 pilot Ed Mitchell after donning his spacesuit for a walk around Fra Mauro. Commander Al Shepard agreed, "You're...

2004-12-16 14:34:10

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Legendary astronaut John Young said Thursday, on the verge of his retirement, that NASA has not changed its safety culture since the Columbia accident but has done all it can to improve the space shuttle and should return to flight as soon as possible. NASA and the nation should just accept the failure rate of 1-in-57 shuttle flights, Young said, stressing that space exploration is well worth the risk. "I really believe we should be operating it, flying it, right...

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2010-11-17 15:43:04

John Young was a NASA astronaut and engineer. He was born as John Watts Young on September 24, 1930 in San Francisco, California but was raised in Orlando, Florida. After high school, Young went to the Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering. After his graduation, he entered the United States Navy and served as a Fire Control Officer on the USS Laws. He also completed a tour in the Korean Seas. About ten years...

2010-10-29 20:25:18

Eugene Cernan was a NASA astronaut and an engineer. He was born David Eugene "Gene" Andrew Cernan on March 14, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in a diverse environment and graduated from Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois. He continued his education in Indiana at Purdue University, where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. He was contracted into the United States Navy at Purdue, and began flying jets as a Naval Aviator. In 1963, he obtained a Masters...

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