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2006-02-22 18:45:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, in a heated competition to design and build NASA's next manned ships and cargo carriers, wants to assemble and test the rockets in Florida, the company said on Wednesday. The deal depends on Florida legislators approving a $45.5 million incentives package and on Lockheed Martin winning NASA's approval for its proposed Crew Exploration Vehicle. A partnership of Northrop Grumman and Boeing Co. is competing for the work...

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...

2005-12-22 01:18:19

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate early on Thursday approved legislation shaping U.S. space policy, continuing the shuttle and international space station programs and giving a boost to President George W. Bush's vision of a new era of ambitious space exploration. Bush has called for a "Vision for Space Exploration" and a an eventual bid to return humans to the moon and while the bill focuses on the next two years, it also lays out policy elements to support a move toward a...

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2005-11-17 01:40:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- NASA wants private enterprise to get involved in its plans to send manned spaceflights to the moon and beyond, the agency's head said on Wednesday. Businesses could, for example, take on the task of flying and tending to fuel depots in low-Earth orbit that would service spaceships heading to the moon and eventually Mars, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said at the Florida Space conference being held at the Kennedy Space Center this week. Fuel makes...

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2005-11-03 12:55:00

WASHINGTON -- NASA's top priorities are a replacement for the space shuttle and completing the international space station, and some other programs are being cut or deferred to concentrate the agency's resources, NASA Administrator Michael D. Griffin said Thursday. "NASA cannot afford to do everything on its plate today," he told the House Science Committee. Funding priorities required the agency to cancel several programs that "we either did not need or did not need right now," Griffin...

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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...

2005-08-11 13:58:47

MIAMI (Reuters) - North Carolina's House of Representatives gave final approval to a $17.2 billion budget that raises the state tax on cigarettes, keeps some expiring taxes alive and increases pay for state workers. The two-year plan calls for an 8 percent increase in overall spending from the previous $15.9 billion budget and was passed on Wednesday by a vote of 61 to 59 in the state's Democrat-run lower legislative chamber. The Senate, however, has yet to give final approval to the...

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2005-07-22 12:30:00

WASHINGTON -- The House Friday overwhelmingly endorsed President Bush's vision to send man back to the moon and eventually on to Mars as it passed a bill to set NASA policy for the next two years. The bill passed 383-15 after a collegial debate in which lawmakers stressed their commitment to not just Bush's ambitious space exploration plans but also to traditional NASA programs such as science and aeronautics. There is some tension between Congress and the White House over the balance...

2004-11-29 18:00:09

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The latest version of "NASA's Implementation Plan for Space Shuttle Return to Flight and Beyond" will be released publicly Monday morning Dec. 6, and the agency has scheduled a news conference in the afternoon. The updated plan will be available at 9 a.m. EST on NASA's Return to Flight Website at: http://www.nasa.gov/returntoflight. The news briefing will be live on NASA TV at 2 p.m. EST from NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston. Reporters will be...

2004-11-29 15:00:10

U.S. analysts Monday said Bush administration proposals to send astronauts back to the moon and on to Mars should be put on the budget chopping block. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's fiscal 2005 budget gives it wide latitude to direct money toward Bush's new space vision but Alice Rivlin, former White House budget director under President Clinton, and Bill Niskanen, chairman of the Cato Institute, both told a Brookings Institute forum on domestic policy in the second...


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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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