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2006-10-27 17:20:00

WASHINGTON -- Signs are promising for a repair of the aging but popular Hubble Space Telescope, once thought doomed because of worries over astronaut safety. NASA set plans for a big announcement Tuesday after top officials met for three hours Friday to consider the value and risks of sending astronauts to repair the Hubble, extending its life for several more years. The decision rests with NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, who hasn't yet made up his mind, NASA spokesman Dean Acosta said...

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2006-10-27 06:00:00

By Frank D. Roylance The future of the Hubble Space Telescope hangs in the balance today in Washington as top NASA managers weigh the feasibility and risks of sending shuttle astronauts on a fifth and final servicing mission to the observatory. Michael Griffin, the agency administrator, is scheduled to announce Tuesday at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt whether he'll order the mission. "There is talk about very little else at the moment. Everybody wants to know what's...

2006-10-26 09:00:00

HAMPTON - NASA Langley Research Center here will play a vital role in sending humans back to the moon and on to Mars while continuing its more traditional research role in support of Earth- bound aircraft, the head of NASA said Tuesday. Even so, Michael Griffin, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, offered no guarantees of job security for the center's roughly 3,600 civil service and private contractor employees. Some jobs, he said, may be shifted as the Bush...

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2006-10-24 05:30:00

]By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The fate of what some scientists dub "the people's telescope" is again up in the air as NASA decides soon whether to squeeze in a last astronaut repair mission to extend the life of the Hubble Space Telescope. On Friday, NASA engineers will debate the safety of sending a fifth and final manned space shuttle flight to the 16-year-old telescope, probably in 2008. Soon afterward, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin will make the...

2006-07-17 16:26:55

By Irene Klotz and Tom Brown CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The U.S. space shuttle Discovery landed smoothly in Florida on Monday, ending a successful 13-day mission that NASA hopes will return the U.S.-built shuttles to regular space flights three years after the Columbia disaster. Double sonic booms thundered over central Florida as the shuttle glided through partly cloudy skies toward a three-mile-long runway at the Kennedy Space Center. Commander Steve Lindsey gently...

2006-07-17 14:50:00

By Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Space shuttle Discovery's smooth landing on Monday is no cause for complacency, according to NASA chief Michael Griffin, who warned of challenges ahead even as he praised his team for "as good a mission as we've ever flown." At a post-flight news conference at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, Griffin tempered jubilation with concern for the risks inherent in the U.S. shuttle program over the next four years, before its planned retirement...

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2006-07-17 12:20:00

By Irene Klotz and Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- U.S. Space shuttle Discovery landed smoothly in Florida on Monday at the end of a 13-day mission meant to show the fleet is fit to fly safely, three years after the fatal Columbia accident. Double sonic booms thundered over central Florida as the shuttle glided through partly cloudy skies heading toward a three-mile-long runway at the Kennedy Space Center. Commander Steve Lindsey gently steered the shuttle through a series of...

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2006-07-04 18:30:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA gave the shuttle Discovery a majestic Fourth of July send-off and said early signs showed the spacecraft to be in good shape, despite once again being struck by the flying foam that has plagued the program. The first-ever Independence Day manned launch came after two weather delays and over objections from those within NASA who argued for more fuel-tank repairs. Shuttle managers said early video images of liftoff showing small pieces of foam breaking away - and...

2006-07-01 13:25:45

By Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Space shuttle Discovery counted down for launch on Saturday, with the seven-person crew aboard and lightning in the forecast on a critical flight that could see the end of the shuttle program. Discovery was scheduled to lift off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 3:49 p.m. EDT (1949 GMT) on a voyage to the International Space Station that will test repairs to the shuttle's troublesome fuel tank, which triggered the...

2006-07-01 05:10:00

By Jim Loney CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA counted down to the launch of space shuttle Discovery on Saturday, hoping to fly a crucial mission whose failure could ground the shuttle fleet permanently and leave the International Space Station unfinished. Discovery is scheduled to lift off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 3:49 p.m. EDT (1949 GMT) on a voyage to the space station that will test repairs to the shuttle's troublesome fuel tank, which triggered the destruction...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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