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2006-07-08 09:14:58

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Two astronauts stepped out of the International Space Station on Saturday for a spacewalk in which they hope to make shuttle flights safer by bouncing around on the end of a 100-foot (30-meter) boom. Piers Sellers and Michael Fossum were to strap their feet into a foot clamp on the boom, then bend, twist and bounce to test its stability as a platform for emergency repairs. "Enjoy the view, gentlemen," Mission Control capsule communicator Megan...

2006-07-08 01:35:44

By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - The first spacewalk slated for the shuttle Discovery crew on Saturday may be one small step for NASA, but a giant leap for the two men trying to discover if a spindly 100-foot (30-meter) boom can put distant parts of the spaceship within reach for emergency repairs. NASA is developing techniques, materials and procedures for shuttle crews to repair their ships' heat shields in orbit should they become too damaged to risk the trip home. The work...

2006-07-07 00:20:00

By Irene Klotz HOUSTON -- NASA engineers worked overnight on Friday to assess images of space shuttle Discovery's heat shield after two days of intensive inspections and growing optimism the problems leading to the fatal 2003 Columbia accident are over. The shuttle reached the International Space Station on Thursday to bring the resident crew up to its full, three-member staff for the first time since the accident and to deliver more than 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg) of new equipment and...

2006-07-05 21:55:48

By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - Astronauts aboard space shuttle Discovery conducted a painstaking inspection of their spacecraft on Wednesday, using a sensor-laden robotic arm to look for damage after launch from Florida on a mission critical to the shuttle program's future. NASA executives said flecks of insulating foam flew off the orbiter's problem-plagued fuel tank during Tuesday's Fourth of July takeoff, but that Discovery looked to be in good shape. The shuttle's seven crew...

2006-07-05 20:58:09

By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - Astronauts aboard space shuttle Discovery conducted a painstaking inspection of their spacecraft on Wednesday, using a sensor-laden robotic arm to look for damage after launch from Florida on a mission critical to the shuttle program's future. NASA executives said flecks of insulating foam flew off the orbiter's problem-plagued fuel tank during Tuesday's Fourth of July takeoff, but that Discovery looked to be in good shape. The shuttle's seven crew...

2006-07-05 05:52:27

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Astronauts on the shuttle Discovery awoke to their first full day in space on Wednesday and prepared to inspect their orbiter for damage after launching from Florida on a flight NASA hopes will get the troubled U.S. space program back on track. Photos and videos from Tuesday's Fourth of July takeoff showed flecks of insulating foam flying off the shuttle's problem-plagued fuel tank after launch, but NASA executives said initial examinations...

2006-07-04 20:14:03

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The U.S. space shuttle Discovery blasted off from its seaside Florida launch pad on Tuesday on a do-or-die mission for NASA's beleaguered shuttle program and the half-built International Space Station. The shuttle and its seven-member crew lifted off at 2:38 p.m. EDT (1838 GMT) following two postponements over the weekend because of poor weather at the Kennedy Space Center. Five hours after launch, NASA managers had preliminary...

2006-07-04 16:06:21

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The U.S. space shuttle Discovery blasted off from its seaside Florida launch pad on Tuesday on a do-or-die mission for NASA's beleaguered shuttle program and the half-built International Space Station. The shuttle and its seven-member crew lifted off at 2:38 p.m. EDT (1838 GMT), following two postponements over the weekend because of poor weather at the Kennedy Space Center. "America is ready to return the space shuttle to flight,"...

2006-07-04 14:51:52

By Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The space shuttle Discovery roared off its Florida launch pad and soared into orbit on Tuesday on a key mission whose failure could end the U.S. shuttle program prematurely. After two weather postponements during the weekend, skies cleared at the Kennedy Space Center and allowed NASA to successfully launch Discovery on just the second shuttle flight since the destruction of the shuttle Columbia and the deaths of seven crew...

2006-07-04 14:19:42

By Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The space shuttle Discovery roared off its Florida launch pad and soared into orbit on Tuesday on a key mission whose failure could end the U.S. shuttle program prematurely. After two weather postponements during the weekend, skies cleared at the Kennedy Space Center and allowed NASA to successfully launch Discovery on just the second shuttle flight since the destruction of the shuttle Columbia and the deaths of seven crew...


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  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
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This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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