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2006-12-01 17:40:18

HOUSTON -- NASA managers decided Thursday to wait until 2008 before redesigning the space shuttle's external fuel tank, the source of the foam problem that caused the Columbia disaster. NASA spokesman Kyle Herring said the tank's current design "has proven to be more robust" than initially thought. After the disaster, engineers refined the process of applying insulating foam to the tank to prevent the situation that doomed Columbia. During Columbia's 2003 mission, a piece of foam broke off...

2006-07-04 20:14:03

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The U.S. space shuttle Discovery blasted off from its seaside Florida launch pad on Tuesday on a do-or-die mission for NASA's beleaguered shuttle program and the half-built International Space Station. The shuttle and its seven-member crew lifted off at 2:38 p.m. EDT (1838 GMT) following two postponements over the weekend because of poor weather at the Kennedy Space Center. Five hours after launch, NASA managers had preliminary...

2005-08-21 10:07:24

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL (Reuters) - The space shuttle Discovery completed a cross-country ride atop a jumbo jet and returned to Florida on Sunday, nearly two weeks after finishing NASA's first mission since the 2003 Columbia accident. After spending an extra day at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana because of poor weather, the shuttle landed at the Kennedy Space Center in central Florida about 10 a.m. Eastern time (1400 GMT) after riding piggyback on a specially modified...

2005-07-27 17:38:23

HOUSTON (Reuters) - NASA halted future shuttle flights on Wednesday after learning that a large chunk of insulating foam broke off Discovery's external fuel tank during launch.

2005-07-13 18:45:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A fuel gauge that mistakenly read full instead of empty forced NASA to call off Wednesday's launch of the first shuttle flight in 2 1/2 years, a bitter disappointment to the space agency in its bid to recover from the Columbia tragedy. The launch was delayed until at least Saturday, and the postponement could last much longer depending on the repairs needed. Shuttle managers said it was unclear whether Discovery could be fixed at the pad or would need to be returned...

2005-07-03 11:04:21

SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Each man had an intimate tie to the Columbia disaster. Two were in Mission Control trying to save the shuttle and its crew, and two were 900 miles away at the Florida landing strip waiting for a spacecraft that would never come. For more than two years, these four NASA employees at Johnson Space Center have struggled with grief and guilt and dealt in their own way with the shuttle's return to flight. One will repeat his role as launch and entry flight director when...

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