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2008-06-24 18:00:42

To: TECHNOLOGY EDITORS Contact: Sonja Alexander of NASA Headquarters, Washington, +1- 202-358-1761, sonja.r.alexander@nasa.gov; or Jenna Mills of NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, +1-281-244-0185, jenna.c.mills@nasa.gov HOUSTON, June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Mission BISD: All Systems Go" technology and science camp students are gearing up to chat and ask questions during a call to the International Space Station crew on Thursday, June 26, from 10:50 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. CDT....

2008-06-19 15:00:05

BANGOR - The Challenger Learning Center of Maine said that signatures of students from Bangor, Bar Harbor, Old Town, Windham, Frenchboro and Farmingdale are among those now on their way to space. The Student Signatures in Space project gives elementary and middle school students the opportunity to send their personal signatures into space. Lockheed Martin and NASA have partnered to present the program. The goal of the Student Signatures in Space program is to spark students' interest in...

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2008-05-01 14:40:00

NASA's Hubble Repair Mission launch date is being pushed back due to unexpected problems getting a new external fuel tank ready for the Atlantis orbiter's launch.The flight was set for August 28, but NASA said it expects that date to slip by four to five weeks.The repair flight is intended to provide upgrades for the Hubble Space Telescope, which should expand its time in space to at least 2013."Right now Hubble is scheduled for August 28. We really cannot make that date with the external...

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2008-04-30 21:00:00

CHICAGO -- One night 24 years ago, Barbara Morgan watched the news and saw an opportunity she said she could not resist, setting in motion two decades of effort, a lot of heartache and a display of "tenacity and perseverance" that the Adler Planetarium will honor Thursday with its 2008 Women in Space Science Award. She was a second-grade teacher in McCall, Idaho, when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced that it was recruiting educators for its Teacher in Space...

2008-04-22 16:55:16

This story was updated at 3:23 p.m. EDT. The off-target landing of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft during its return to Earth on Saturday posed a serious risk to the three astronauts aboard, Russian space officials and reports suggest. An apparent malfunction in a mechanism designed to jettison the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft's propulsion module from its crew-carrying descent capsule threatened the lives of the three astronauts aboard, Russia's Interfax News Agency reported Tuesday....

2008-02-28 17:29:32

A new exhibit aimed at promoting the importance of safety to NASA employees is using debris recovered from the loss of space shuttle Columbia to underscore its message. Developed by the agency's space shuttle program office, the "Columbia Safety Exhibit" incorporates recognizable remnants of the fallen orbiter's hardware, including one of the flight deck window frames, control panels and hand controllers from the crew cockpit, heatshield tiles and one of the thrusters...

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2008-02-01 16:20:00

Family and friends of the Columbia astronauts gathered at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida today to pay tribute to the seven fliers who perished five years ago when their space ship broke apart as it descended to Earth. The Feb. 1, 2003 breakup of Columbia, which was 16 minutes from reaching the runway at the Florida shuttleport, rained debris across East Texas. Under a sunlit sky early today, some of those closest to the Columbia astronauts gathered at the Space Mirror Memorial, a...

2008-01-31 07:05:58

Five years after NASA's shuttle Columbia disintegrated during reentry and killed seven astronauts, the agency looks to test new safety features even beyond the upcoming launch of the Atlantis orbiter. Columbia was lost in 2003 after a piece of foam insulation fell off the external fuel tank and struck the shuttle's wing during launch. That allowed hot gas to seep into the wing as the shuttle later reentered the atmosphere, with catastrophic results. NASA spent the next two and a half...

2007-10-16 21:13:23

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's senior managers cleared space shuttle Discovery for liftoff Tuesday, overruling a safety group that called for further studies and wing repairs, if necessary, before next week's launch. The potential problem is with the critical thermal shielding on Discovery's wings. A new inspection method uncovered possible cracking just beneath the protective coating on three of the 44 panels that line the wings. Engineers were evenly split on whether Discovery's flight to...

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2007-09-06 15:50:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- An Air Force doctor who headed a controversial astronaut health study told Congress on Thursday that NASA is discouraging open communications by rebutting reports of drunken astronauts on launch day and deriding the claims as urban legends. The bigger issue, more than drinking, is NASA's apparent disregard of mental health and behavior issues among its astronauts, and the demoralizing reluctance among flight surgeons and astronauts to report improper conduct, said Col....


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2012-03-10 09:17:29

Challenger launched from Kennedy Space Center on January 28, 1986 at 11:38 AM EST and blew up 1 minute and 13 seconds later as a result of launch malfunctions. The shuttle was lost with all seven crew members. The Challenger disaster shook the confidence of the entire nation. As a personal note, this writer was in Mrs. Cook’s sixth grade class in Abilene, Texas. I was already an avid fan of the space program at that time. Most of us were. The class was watching this particular launch...

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2012-03-10 08:50:43

Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center on January 24, 1985 at 2:50 PM EST and landed at Kennedy on January 27 at 4:23 PM EST. The shuttle orbited 49 times at an altitude of 220 nautical miles and an inclination of 28.5 degrees and travelled 1.3 million miles. The mission lasted 3 days, 1 hour, 33 minutes, and 23 seconds. The launch scheduled for January 23 was scrubbed due to freezing weather conditions. (Orbiter Challenger was scheduled for Mission 51-C but thermal tile problems...

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