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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.
Drums pounded and hundreds of hometown well-wishers roared with joy Tuesday as Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi blasted off aboard the space shuttle Discovery.
NASA announced on Monday it has set up a new department focused on analysis of how existing space programs are going and how best to get Americans back to the Moon and eventually to Mars.
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.
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.
NASA observed a moment of silence across the country and in orbit Thursday in memory of the 17 astronauts killed in America's three spacecraft tragedies.
NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe has applied for a new job, as chancellor of Louisiana State University, and he is among the search committee's top candidates.
Trying to save the famed Hubble Space Telescope with a robot would cost $2 billion with just a 50-50 chance of success, an aerospace research group is advising NASA in the coming days. And that thumbs-down is likely to be preceded by another potentially negative finding from the National Academy of Sciences.