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2010-08-10 16:30:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden issued the following statement Tuesday on the plane crash in Alaska that killed former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and injured former NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe and his son, Kevin: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "We at NASA are deeply saddened by today's news that former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and others were killed in...

2009-03-09 06:40:00

A three-count indictment is looming for a former top NASA official for steering millions of dollars from agency funds to a consulting client. Courtney Stadd of Bethesda, Md., who served as NASA's chief of staff and White House liaison, is accused of steering $9.6 million from an earth science appropriation to Mississippi State University, which was paying him as a consultant. Stadd is also accused of lying to NASA ethics officials investigating the matter. The U.S. attorney's office...

2009-01-15 11:05:00

Speculation erupted on Wednesday due to new reports that President-elect Barack Obama may be considering his new appointee to take over as NASA chief. Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Jonathan "Scott" Gration is unknown to people close to NASA, but he shares a close personal relationship with incoming president Obama. Gration accompanied Obama during a trip through Africa, about which he said: "in the shadow of Nelson Mandela's prison cell, I saw a leader with the understanding to build new...

2006-10-27 17:20:00

WASHINGTON -- Signs are promising for a repair of the aging but popular Hubble Space Telescope, once thought doomed because of worries over astronaut safety. NASA set plans for a big announcement Tuesday after top officials met for three hours Friday to consider the value and risks of sending astronauts to repair the Hubble, extending its life for several more years. The decision rests with NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, who hasn't yet made up his mind, NASA spokesman Dean Acosta said...

2006-10-27 06:00:00

By Frank D. Roylance The future of the Hubble Space Telescope hangs in the balance today in Washington as top NASA managers weigh the feasibility and risks of sending shuttle astronauts on a fifth and final servicing mission to the observatory. Michael Griffin, the agency administrator, is scheduled to announce Tuesday at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt whether he'll order the mission. "There is talk about very little else at the moment. Everybody wants to know what's...

2006-10-24 05:30:00

]By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The fate of what some scientists dub "the people's telescope" is again up in the air as NASA decides soon whether to squeeze in a last astronaut repair mission to extend the life of the Hubble Space Telescope. On Friday, NASA engineers will debate the safety of sending a fifth and final manned space shuttle flight to the 16-year-old telescope, probably in 2008. Soon afterward, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin will make the...

2005-09-09 13:22:27

BALTIMORE (AP) - Hurricane damage to NASA space shuttle facilities has further clouded the future of the Hubble Space Telescope. Katrina damaged the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, where the shuttle's fuel tanks are built, and the Mississippi-based Stennis Space Center, where shuttle engines are tested, NASA officials said. Before the hurricane struck last week, NASA had hoped to launch Discovery in March. The space agency is now reassessing its launch plans. A servicing mission...

2005-09-09 13:21:57

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA's first black shuttle commander said Friday he is resigning as the space agency's deputy administrator after a 31-year career. "I've had an exciting career in NASA, but it is now time to step down so that someone younger and highly motivated can have the same experience," Frederick Gregory, 64, wrote in his resignation letter to President Bush. The former astronaut said he will remain on the job until the Senate confirms his successor. He will probably stay...

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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