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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA announced on Thursdayit planned to launch on July 13 its first space shuttle missionsince the 2003 Columbia disaster, saying the agency had doneeverything it could to fix the problems that led to theaccident.
U.S. astronauts will blast back into space in a matter of weeks, the head of NASA said Tuesday, despite a new, critical report questioning the safety of this exploration. Top shuttle managers are conducting a flight readiness review this week in hopes of launching the shuttle Discovery as early as July 13.
NASA's new boss is changing his top officers as the space agency races toward meeting President Bush's goal of sending astronauts to the moon in a decade or so and later on to Mars.
The next mission to land a man on the moon will take place in 2015 at the earliest, the new chief of the United States' space program said on Monday, adding the mission could be followed by the construction of a multinational space station there.
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin plans to oust about 20 space agency officials by mid-August, including two leaders of the program making final preparations for the space shuttle's first trip in more than two years, the Washington Post reported in Saturday's edition.
NASA's new boss made an impassioned case Thursday for speeding up development of a new spacecraft so that the United States will not lose access to space when the shuttle is retired, but warned something else will have to be sacrificed.
NASA's new administrator, Michael Griffin, promised Monday to leave "absolutely no stone unturned" in deciding whether it's safe to launch Discovery next month - the first space shuttle flight since the Columbia disaster. Discovery is scheduled to blast off as early as May 15.
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