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2005-09-19 13:05:00

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA on Monday unveiled its $104 billion plan to return Americans to the moon by 2018 aboard a capsule-like vehicle the space agency's chief described as "Apollo on steroids." Like the Apollo program that carried the first humans to the moon in 1969, the new system would put crew members into a capsule sitting atop a rocket, and would have a separate heavy-lift vehicle to take only cargo into orbit. "It is very Apollo-like ... but bigger," NASA...

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2005-09-19 13:45:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA estimated Monday it will cost $104 billion to return astronauts to the moon by 2018 in a new rocket that combines the space shuttle with the capsule of an earlier NASA era. NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, in unveiling the new lunar exploration plan announced by President Bush last year, said he is not seeking extra money and stressed that the space agency will live within its future budgets to achieve this goal. He dismissed suggestions that reconstruction...

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2005-09-08 18:50:22

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With two space shuttle facilities damaged by Hurricane Katrina and hundreds of workers left homeless, NASA is reassessing the prospects of launching another mission next year. Before the hurricane struck the Gulf Coast last week, NASA had hoped to launch Discovery in March. The storm put those plans in disarray, although officials weren't ready Thursday to officially give up on a spring flight, saying it would be foolish to rule anything in or out. "Right now, we're...

2005-08-18 13:56:37

Please read in 8th paragraph "and will not now have to do back-to-back missions" instead of "but was now going to have to do back-to-back missions." By Maggie Fox WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA has been forced to delay the next launch of a space shuttle until March 2006 because more time is needed to fix a problem with foam flying off the external fuel tank, space agency officials said on Thursday. "From an overall standpoint we think really March 4th is the time frame we are looking...

2005-08-18 14:08:04

By Maggie Fox WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA has been forced to delay the next launch of a space shuttle until March 2006 because more time is needed to fix a problem with foam flying off the external fuel tank, space agency officials said on Thursday. "From an overall standpoint we think really March 4th is the time frame we are looking at," Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA's associate administrator for Space Operations, told a news conference. The announcement came just a day after some...

2005-08-18 12:12:30

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The next launch of a space shuttle will not be until March 2006, NASA officials said on Thursday. "It looked like the early opportunities don't work for us," Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA's associate administrator for Space Operations, told a news conference. "From an overall standpoint we think really March 4th is the time frame we are looking at." The U.S. space agency is still trying to determine why a large piece of foam broke off the shuttle Discovery's fuel...

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2005-08-06 18:41:32

SPACE CENTER, Houston -- The man ultimately responsible for bringing Discovery's astronauts safely home doesn't talk about his feelings. NASA chief Michael Griffin favors reason over emotion. He chooses straight talk over spin. He sees himself as the rational "Spock" of Star Trek. A 55-year-old rocket scientist with a pile of academic degrees, Griffin was put in charge of the space agency after almost all the crucial decisions had been made about what to fix and what to ignore on the shuttle...

2005-07-29 14:43:54

Corrects third paragraph to say: NASA said a smaller chunk of foam also broke off and appeared to have hit to correct which chunk of foam may have hit wing By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - The shuttle Discovery crew on Friday used a boom with laser scanners to take another look at minor damage on their ship's heat shield while NASA's chief said he expects engineers will quickly fix the fuel tank problems that have again grounded the fleet. "We don't expect this to be a long drawn-out...

2005-07-29 14:50:42

By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - The shuttle Discovery crew on Friday used a boom with laser scanners to take another look at minor damage on their ship's heat shield while NASA's chief said he expects engineers will quickly fix the fuel tank problems that have again grounded the fleet. "We don't expect this to be a long drawn-out affair," NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said in a teleconference with reporters. During Discovery's launch on Tuesday on NASA's first manned mission since...

2005-07-28 14:18:59

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even as shuttle Discovery docked smoothly on Thursday with the International Space Station, problems that started soon after liftoff could cloud the future of U.S. space flight. NASA's decision on Wednesday to keep the remaining two shuttles on the ground while experts trouble-shoot a potentially lethal case of falling debris might well delay the next flight, which now has a launch window that opens Sept. 9. If more shuttle flights are delayed,...


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