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2005-07-28 14:18:21

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,...

2005-07-24 19:43:46

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA is prepared to launch its first space shuttle mission since the Columbia accident 2-1/2 years ago even if a technical glitch that grounded Discovery on July 13 reoccurs, the U.S. space agency said on Sunday. The launch of Discovery is scheduled for 10:39 a.m. EDT (1439 GMT) on Tuesday, and is under intense scrutiny because of safety upgrades and other changes implemented after Columbia fell apart over Texas in February 2003, killing...

2005-07-13 15:15:41

By Michael Christie and Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA on Wednesday delayed the launch of shuttle Discovery until next week at the earliest, postponing its first human space flight since the 2003 Columbia disaster due to a problem with a fuel sensor. "We will not be able to fly today," said NASA launch commentator George Diller. "There are a lot of long faces in the control room." NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said the earliest date for another launch attempt...

2005-07-13 07:08:06

By Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Shuttle Discovery was "go for launch" on Wednesday in NASA's first human space mission since the fatal Columbia accident 2 1/2 years ago. The U.S. space agency cleared the shuttle for fueling before dawn, but a faulty heater delayed that process by more than an hour. NASA officials said there was ample time to fill the fuel tank and launch as scheduled at 3:51 p.m. (1951 GMT). It was the second glitch in the final hours of the...

2005-07-12 23:58:06

By Michael Christie CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA returns to human space flight on Wednesday with its first space shuttle mission since Columbia disintegrated 2 1/2 years ago, killing seven astronauts and spilling debris over Texas. When Discovery blasts off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on a plume of fire at 3:51 p.m. (1951 GMT), it will kick-start the stalled construction of the International Space Station and also mark, U.S. space officials say, the first step on the road back...

2005-07-12 18:23:10

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA will go ahead with the first space shuttle mission since the 2003 Columbia disaster after fixing damage to a heat-resistant tile on the shuttle Discovery, a spokesman said on Tuesday. "The issue has been resolved. Launch is a go," said NASA spokesman Mike Rein. The tile was damaged when a window covering fell off Discovery as the spacecraft sat on the launchpad at Cape Canaveral in Florida as the clock was counting down to Wednesday's scheduled launch...

2005-07-12 17:41:48

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - One of shuttle Discovery's window covers fell off as the ship waited on the launch pad on Tuesday, striking one thermal tile near its tail, NASA officials said. The panel that contains the damaged tile will be replaced and NASA will decide later whether the launch, scheduled for 3:51 p.m. (1951 GMT) on Wednesday, can go forward. "At this point, we don't know the impact to the launch," said NASA spokeswoman Jessica Rye. NASA officials learned around 5 p.m....

2005-07-12 16:23:56

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - After 2-1/2 years, $1 billion on safety upgrades and a management overhaul, weather may be the final hurdle to NASA launching its first shuttle since the 2003 Columbia disaster, the space agency's chief said on Tuesday. NASA's weather forecasters warned of a rising threat of thunderstorms on Wednesday that could keep shuttle Discovery grounded at Cape Canaveral in Florida, but NASA administrator Michael Griffin said all other issues had been resolved....

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2005-07-12 17:25:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With the countdown for Discovery in its final hours, NASA was dealt a setback Tuesday when a window cover fell off the shuttle and damaged thermal tiles near the tail. But the space agency said it probably could fix the problem in time for Wednesday's launch. The mishap was an eerie reminder of the very thing that doomed Columbia - damage to the spaceship's fragile thermal shield. The plastic-and-foam cover on one of Discovery's cockpit windows fell at the launch pad...

2005-06-28 20:02:00

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Shuttle Discovery should be ready toreturn to flight next month, NASA chief Michael Griffin said onTuesday, one day after an oversight panel found the U.S. spaceagency fell short on three key safety concerns. "I think, based on what I know now, we're ready to go,"Griffin told the U.S. House of Representatives ScienceCommittee when asked if the shuttle would launch between July13 and July 31 as scheduled. The three-ship shuttle fleet has been...


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