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2005-10-14 14:21:01

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA aims to launch the next space shuttle in May 2006, after fixing a persistent problem with falling debris -- the same problem that doomed shuttle Columbia and grounded the remaining three-ship fleet. The timing of any return to flight depends on how fast NASA's hurricane-damaged Michoud plan in New Orleans can get back to full strength, space agency officials said. The shuttles' massive external tanks are assembled at Michoud, and at...

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2005-10-04 18:25:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Workers may have accidentally cut or crushed the section of foam that broke off Discovery's fuel tank during its launch two months ago - a mishap that threatened the safety of the astronauts and grounded the shuttle fleet. That is the leading theory for the cause behind the disturbing loss of foam insulation that cast a cloud over NASA's return to space, said Wayne Hale, the newly appointed manager of the space shuttle program. In a wide-ranging interview with The...

2005-09-30 14:56:22

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA plans to push back its target for launching the next space shuttle from March to May as it tries to fix a problem with insulating foam that falls off the spacecraft's fuel tank, officials said on Friday. The agency had been hoping to resume flights in March but technical issues with the tanks, coupled with work interruptions caused by Hurricane Katrina, likely will delay launches until later in the spring, officials said. Foam...

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2005-09-27 14:25:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- NASA resumed control of the International Space Station and sent a shuttle fuel tank to its New Orleans assembly plant as it restarted operations at facilities on the storm-stricken U.S. Gulf Coast on Tuesday. The Johnson Space Center in Houston was evacuated last week due to foreboding predictions that Hurricane Rita would pass nearby and NASA had turned over control of the orbiting outpost to the backup operations center near Moscow. The Houston center officially...

2005-09-21 14:47:27

By Irene Klotz MELBOURNE, Florida (Reuters) - NASA ordered the evacuation of the Johnson Space Center in Houston on Wednesday and turned over control of the International Space Station to its Russian partners as powerful Hurricane Rita barreled across the Gulf of Mexico. Many of the space center's 15,000 government and contractor workers had already left the space center by the time the evacuation order was given, heeding calls from Texas officials to evacuate the area, NASA...

2005-09-21 11:15:00

MELBOURNE, Florida -- NASA prepared on Wednesday to evacuate its Johnson Space Center in Houston and turn over control of the International Space Station to its Russian partners as Hurricane Rita barreled across the Gulf of Mexico with ferocious winds. Space agency officials were meeting to discuss storm preparations, said NASA spokesman James Hartsfield. But many of the space center's 15,000 government and contractor workers were already taking advantage of NASA's liberal leave policy to...

2005-09-18 12:55:00

WASHINGTON -- With the shuttle fleet grounded and the International Space Station staffed by a skeleton crew, NASA is set to unveil plans on Monday to take people and cargo to the moon. Even before the official announcement, there is criticism from Capitol Hill over the reported $100 billion cost of the lunar program, given U.S. government commitments to the Iraq war and recovery from Hurricane Katrina. "This plan is coming out at a time when the nation is facing significant budgetary...

2005-09-09 16:15:09

Please read in 6th paragraph ... One Soyuz will take McArthur and Russian flight engineer Valery Tokarev to the space station and another will bring home the current crew ... instead of ... The Soyuz that takes McArthur and Russian flight engineer Valery Tokarev to the space station will bring home the current crew ... A corrected story follows. By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - In three weeks, astronaut Bill McArthur plans to cap a 15-year career with NASA by...

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2005-09-09 16:25:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- In three weeks, astronaut Bill McArthur plans to cap a 15-year career with NASA by flying to the International Space Station for a six-month stay. The only problem is he doesn't have a ride home. NASA's space shuttles cannot launch again until their fuel tanks are fixed and Hurricane Katrina has shut down the New Orleans manufacturing facility that produces the tanks and was working on the problem. Half of the work force at the plant, which is operated by Lockheed...

2005-09-02 14:58:01

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Hurricane Katrina has indefinitely idled the Louisiana factory that assembles space shuttle fuel tanks and NASA said on Friday it is looking to see if other facilities can make critical tank repairs. NASA had tentatively planned its next shuttle mission for March, but additional delays were likely due to interruptions in the tank repair work that must be done before the shuttle can fly again. The agency was primarily focused on...


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