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2007-08-10 20:00:00

NASA discovered a worrisome gouge on Endeavour's belly soon after the shuttle docked with the international space station Friday, possibly caused by ice that broke off the fuel tank a minute after liftoff. The gouge - about 3 inches square - was spotted in zoom-in photography taken by the space station crew shortly before Endeavour delivered teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan and her six crewmates to the orbiting outpost. "What does this mean? I don't know at this point," said John Shannon,...

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2007-07-28 14:30:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At NASA, once again, the problem is its culture - a habit of dismissing the concerns of knowledgeable underlings. Four years ago, it involved higher-ups ignoring engineers who feared possible catastrophic damage to the shuttle Columbia. The engineers were right. This time, it's NASA doctors and even astronauts getting the brushoff when voicing worries that some astronauts have drunk too much alcohol before flying. "I think things have changed, but some things remain...

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2006-12-09 17:35:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA moved ahead Saturday with last-minute preparations for the second attempt to get space shuttle Discovery off the ground for the first night launch in four years. With the space shuttle facing no technical concerns, the biggest obstacle to launching Discovery on a mission to the international space station at 8:47 p.m. EST was weather, although the forecast improved as the clock ticked down. An improvement in the cloud cover at the Kennedy Space Center raised...

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2006-12-02 13:25:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Several days after space shuttle Discovery arrives at the international space station, some of the lights will go out. Some communications with Mission Control will stop. Backup power will be lost. That may sound scary for the astronauts orbiting 220 miles above Earth, but they'll be ready for it. The space lab is only getting rewired. Parts of the U.S. section of the space station will be powered down during Discovery's visit this month as spacewalking astronauts...

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2006-09-09 07:40:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA makes its fifth attempt to get Atlantis off the launch pad at 11:15 a.m. EDT on Saturday. If the mission is scrubbed again, the space agency must abandon for a few weeks its efforts to send the shuttle off on a construction mission at the international space station. NASA stopped Friday's launch try only 45 minutes before its scheduled launch. This time it was a faulty fuel tank sensor - the same glitch that thwarted two previous missions. The launch delay cost...

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2006-09-08 06:20:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis has been scrubbed until Saturday due to a problem with one of the vehicle's fuel system sensors. The new launch time is targeted for 11:14 a.m. EDT. Earlier in today's countdown, launch controllers detected a problem with one of the four ECO sensors inside the hydrogen portion the space shuttle's orange external tank. The sensors monitor hydrogen levels inside of the tank and trigger the orbiter's engines to shutdown when gas levels...

2006-09-06 03:36:45

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA postponed the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis on Wednesday because of a problem with a power system aboard the ship, officials with the U.S. space agency said. The launch of Atlantis on NASA's first construction mission to the International Space Station since the 2003 Columbia accident had been planned for 12:29 p.m. (1629 GMT) Wednesday. The next opportunity to fly would be at 12:03 p.m. (1603 GMT) on Thursday. "We're...

2006-09-06 03:45:39

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA postponed the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis on Wednesday because of a problem with a power system aboard the ship, officials with the U.S. space agency said. The launch of Atlantis on NASA's first construction mission to the International Space Station since the 2003 Columbia accident had been planned for 12:29 p.m. (1629 GMT) Wednesday. The next opportunity to fly would be at 12:03 p.m. (1603 GMT) on Thursday. "We're...

2006-08-31 17:00:00

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA picked Lockheed Martin Corp. on Thursday as the prime contractor to build the Orion spaceship, which will replace the aging shuttle fleet and take astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972. The contract's initial phase, valued at $3.9 billion, would get the U.S. space agency one ship made to carry crew and another for cargo; people are expected to fly on the new vessel by 2014. The first lunar voyage should happen by 2020. "Space is...

2006-08-26 16:00:14

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA has delayed Sunday's planned launch of space shuttle Atlantis to assess possible damage from a lightning strike on the ship's Florida launch pad, the U.S. space agency said on Saturday. Postponement of the launch until no earlier than 4:04 p.m. EDT (2004 GMT) on Monday will give managers more time to analyze data from shuttle systems and ground support equipment that may have been affected by the lightning bolt that struck on...


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