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2008-02-27 21:00:00

The rocket that NASA is betting on to return humans to space after the space shuttle retires is in trouble. Assailed by critics, hobbled by a lack of money and beset by technical problems, the Ares I launch vehicle is suffering from a growing perception it is another NASA project that will never get off the ground. In particular, some critics have urged that NASA ditch the untested Ares, a so-called "stick" rocket powered by five segments of the solid rocket boosters used on the shuttle, in...

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2007-08-29 11:55:00

WASHINGTON -- After finding no evidence of astronauts drinking before launching into space, NASA said Wednesday it is considering limited alcohol testing of its employees, including astronauts. An internal investigation recommended alcohol testing while at the same time clearing astronauts of much-publicized drinking allegations. In response, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said he would come up with a policy for testing after a mishap or when there are suspicions of substance abuse. It...

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2007-08-08 17:50:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space shuttle Endeavour blasted in orbit Wednesday carrying teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan, who after more than two decades is finally carrying out the dream of Christa McAuliffe and the rest of the fallen Challenger crew. Endeavour and its crew of seven rose from the seaside pad at 6:36 p.m., right on time, and pierced a solidly blue sky. They're expected to reach the international space station on Friday. Once Endeavour was safely past the 73-second mark of the...

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2007-07-12 17:00:26

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Two top NASA officials, including the man in charge of developing new spacecraft for future missions to the moon and Mars, plan to leave the space agency, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Former astronaut Scott "Doc" Horowitz, who heads NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate will leave by October, and associate administrator Rex Geveden will leave at the end of July. The timing of both decisions was coincidental, and neither was asked to leave by NASA Administrator...

2007-06-06 00:00:00

LOS ANGELES -- The head of NASA told scientists and engineers that he regrets airing his personal views about global warming during a recent radio interview, according to a video of the meeting obtained by The Associated Press. NASA administrator Michael Griffin said in the closed-door meeting Monday at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena that "unfortunately, this is an issue which has become far more political than technical and it would have been well for me to have stayed out of...

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2006-12-09 18:16:38

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- It'll be cheaper to build a permanent moon base and keep it running, than it will be to get to the moon. Just don't ask how much, NASA's boss says. The U.S. space agency's newly unveiled grand plan for a continually staffed lunar outpost starting around 2024 doesn't come with a similarly grand price tag. It doesn't come with a price tag at all. "You ask what things will cost, I don't know yet," said NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, a detail-oriented engineer. "We...

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2006-12-07 19:40:00

Low clouds forced NASA to delay the launch of space shuttle Discovery Thursday night, and strong winds could delay another attempt for a day or two. NASA managers waited until the end of the countdown before deciding to call off the launch scheduled for 9:35 p.m. EST. It would have been the first launch at night in four years. "We gave it the best shot and didn't get clear and convincing evidence that the cloud ceiling had cleared for us," launch director Mike Leinbach told Discovery's seven...

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2006-12-07 17:25:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA officials hoped an opening in the cloud cover would allow space shuttle Discovery to lift off Thursday for the first night launch in four years, starting a complex mission to rewire the international space station. Despite just a 40 percent chance of favorable weather at the 9:35 p.m. EST launch time, Discovery's seven astronauts donned their orange spacesuits and boarded the van for the trip to the launch pad. While her crew mates suited up, Sunita Williams, who...

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2006-11-28 07:52:55

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking is being honored with the world's oldest award for scientific achievement, with a special high-altitude assist from NASA. The British Royal Society is awarding Professor Hawking its prestigious Copley Medal on Nov. 30 for his contributions to theoretical physics and theoretical cosmology. The silver gilt medal flew on space shuttle Discovery's July 2006 mission to the International Space Station, at the initiative of crew member Piers Sellers, a native of...

2006-11-20 03:00:56

By Susan Herendeen, The Modesto Bee, Calif. Nov. 19--A Downey High School teacher had a sexual liaison with two young women who were scorekeepers for the basketball team he coached, according to a lawsuit in Stanislaus County Superior Court. Michael Griffin, who taught government and economy at his alma mater, is accused of manipulating the emotions of teenagers who were not old enough to consent to sexual relations. The young women, who use pseudonyms in legal papers, claim...


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