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2006-07-01 03:07:25

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...

2006-06-30 17:30:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - While foam falling from the space shuttle's fuel tank has garnered the lion's share of NASA's attention, the space agency's chief said on Friday it was far from being the only risk facing Discovery, which is set for liftoff from Florida on Saturday. "I worry that we spend so much time worrying about foam that we won't worry about other things that could get us. We try to address them all," NASA administrator Michael Griffin said at a...

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2006-06-25 08:40:00

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON -- Space shuttle Discovery will carry more than crew and cargo for its scheduled July 1 launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The whole shuttle program's future is riding on this flight. The stakes could scarcely be higher: if the flight proceeds with a clean, safe lift-off and a trouble-free 13 days, NASA officials have planned two more shuttle flights this year, aiming for the eventual completion of the much-delayed International Space Station and a possible...

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2006-06-24 13:25:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- It took help from the U.S. Postal Service to jump-start the nation's commercial aviation industry in the late 1920s and early 1930s. NASA Administrator Michael Griffin thinks a little push from government could do the same for the commercial space industry in the next several years. The U.S. space agency is sponsoring a competition in which winning companies will get $500 million in seed money to develop space vehicles that NASA will never design, build or own. Like a...

2006-06-18 01:52:55

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA managers cleared the shuttle Discovery for launch on July 1, over the objections of the agency's top safety officer and its lead engineer, officials said on Saturday. "There were very different viewpoints on the issue of whether we were ready to fly or not," NASA Administrator Michael Griffin told a news conference. "I can't possibly accept every recommendation given to me by every member of my staff, especially when they all...

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2006-05-12 19:35:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA seems to be embarking on a new era of space diplomacy. An accord to cooperate with India on an unmanned moon mission was sewn up this week and talks are on the horizon with China, a potential competitor that wants to land on the moon. It's no surprise the U.S. space agency is seeking fresh collaboration with two emerging economic powers, space experts said, since what happens in space is often driven by politics on the ground. Earlier this year, President Bush met...

2006-04-06 09:59:02

Please read in 7th paragraph ... Luo headed a delegation that visited NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre and said he had a discussion with the U.S. space agency's administrator, Michael Griffin. A NASA spokesman said Luo met with Michael O'Brien, the agency's associate administrator, not with Griffin ... instead of ... Luo headed a delegation that visited NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre and had a discussion with the U.S. space agency's chief, Michael Griffin. In 8th paragraph,...

2006-03-30 18:20:00

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON -- NASA unveiled a new policy for dealing with the media on Thursday, after accusations it had censored space agency scientists on global warming and the origins of the universe. "Scientific and technical information from or about (space) agency programs and projects will be accurate and unfiltered," the new policy stated. A full text was released online at http://www.nasa.gov. The release came nearly two months after the resignation of a 24-year-old NASA...

2006-02-16 16:27:06

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. human spaceflight program is "strained to the limit," NASA's chief said on Thursday, warning against any long gap between the end of the shuttle era and the first flight of a planned new spaceship. "The United States risks both a real and a perceived loss of leadership on the world stage if we are unable to launch our own astronauts into space for an extended period of time when other nations possess their own capabilities to do...

2006-02-17 07:03:53

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Congressional leaders asked NASA Thursday to guarantee scientific openness at the agency following accusations that a public affairs officer changed or filtered information on global warming and the Big Bang. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, chairman of the House Science Committee, said that while space administrator Michael Griffin has responded admirably to the allegations, "NASA still has a lot of work to do to ensure openness." "We need free and open inquiry, an agency that...


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