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2005-12-15 18:56:43

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA space shuttle managers ordered additional redesigns on Thursday to the ships' fuel tanks but still believe shuttle flights can resume as early as May, a top U.S. space agency official said. Over the next several weeks, engineers planned to test and analyze several options for using the tanks without protective foam ramps that shield underlying cables and pressurization lines from the supersonic speeds of launch. Part of a foam...

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2005-12-16 00:00:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- NASA space shuttle managers ordered additional redesigns on Thursday to the ships' fuel tanks but still believe shuttle flights can resume as early as May, a top U.S. space agency official said. Over the next several weeks, engineers planned to test and analyze several options for using the tanks without protective foam ramps that shield underlying cables and pressurization lines from the supersonic speeds of launch. Part of a foam ramp, which...

2005-12-15 16:26:58

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA plans to redesign the space shuttle's external tank again, this time removing a section of protective foam that broke off during the launch of Discovery last July, an official with the space agency said Thursday. The removal of more foam from the external tank, and further testing to determine the root cause of cracks on it could lead to a longer delay until the next shuttle flight, tentatively set for May. But NASA official Bill Gerstenmaier said that's not...

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2005-11-22 17:20:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- NASA has found cracks in the insulating foam on a space shuttle fuel tank and is investigating whether they are related to the debris-shedding problem that doomed Columbia and recurred on the last shuttle mission, managers said on Tuesday. "It would be premature to say that the cracks played a factor in that, but they might have," said John Chapman, who oversees the shuttle external tank program at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in...

2005-11-15 17:53:40

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA's quest to resume space shuttle flights has slowed to a crawl at the Kennedy Space Center, where technicians were meticulously testing the fragile cloth strips that forced an unprecedented and risky spacewalk during the last shuttle mission. The tests on the cloth strips were in addition to extensive changes to the insulation on the shuttle's external fuel tank and other changes designed to make the spacecraft safer. NASA hopes...

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2005-11-15 17:50:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- NASA's quest to resume space shuttle flights has slowed to a crawl at the Kennedy Space Center, where technicians were meticulously testing the fragile cloth strips that forced an unprecedented and risky spacewalk during the last shuttle mission. The tests on the cloth strips were in addition to extensive changes to the insulation on the shuttle's external fuel tank and other changes designed to make the spacecraft safer. NASA hopes to launch the...

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2005-11-05 01:25:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- Nearly two years ago, President George W. Bush told NASA to help finish the International Space Station, return to the moon and then prepare for a manned space flight to Mars. But that vision is crumbling as the U.S. space agency realizes it does not have the money it needs for the job. NASA Administrator Michael Griffin revealed this week the agency faced a $3 billion to $5 billion shortfall in its space shuttle program alone over the next five...

2005-11-03 13:02:44

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Eleven school experiments that spent nearly four years outside the International Space Station were returned to students by NASA on Wednesday. "It was our pleasure to take them up there. ... We can't wait to find out how they behaved," Patrick Forrester, one of two spacewalking astronauts who mounted the experiments outside the station, told students during a program at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Forrester presented the experiments with Frederick...

2005-10-23 14:35:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA decided on Sunday to close the Kennedy Space Center and told its 13,000 workers to stay home on Monday as Hurricane Wilma makes a beeline for Florida. Meteorologists were predicting winds of about 60 mph (100 kph) at the space shuttle's home port at Cape Canaveral, on Florida's east-central coast, said NASA spokesman Allard Beutel. In preparation for the storm, the payload bay doors of the space shuttles Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour...

2005-10-14 14:30:59

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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