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2006-06-18 01:52:55

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA managers cleared the shuttle Discovery for launch on July 1, over the objections of the agency's top safety officer and its lead engineer, officials said on Saturday. "There were very different viewpoints on the issue of whether we were ready to fly or not," NASA Administrator Michael Griffin told a news conference. "I can't possibly accept every recommendation given to me by every member of my staff, especially when they all...

2006-05-31 17:10:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- U.S. space shuttle Discovery on Wednesday passed a critical technical review to determine if modifications made to its fuel tank would significantly reduce the chances of a Columbia-like disaster. The shuttle is on the launch pad being prepared for a July 1 liftoff to the International Space Station. Two more flight reviews are pending before Discovery is cleared for launch on its second flight since the February 2003 Columbia disaster. During two...

2006-05-19 14:15:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA rolled the space shuttle Discovery onto a launch pad on Friday hoping to leave behind problems exposed by the 2003 Columbia disaster and begin a final round of flights before the shuttle fleet is retired. Discovery was being prepared for liftoff in July on NASA's second and final shuttle test-flight since the fatal accident, when Columbia disintegrated on reentry into the Earth's atmosphere. A successful flight will allow NASA to resume...

2006-05-12 14:36:03

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Nine months after its troubled last flight, shuttle Discovery was hauled out of its hangar on Friday and taken to the Kennedy Space Center's assembly building for final preparations before moving to the launch pad. NASA is aiming to launch Discovery in July and end a three-year, $1.5 billion effort to resume regular shuttle service to the half-built International Space Station. Launches were suspended following the fatal 2003...

2006-05-04 18:25:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA managers decided on Thursday to skip a launch pad test of the shuttle Discovery's redesigned fuel tank because of the risk the test itself could damage the tank. "At the end of the presentations, it was a fairly straight-forward decision not to perform a tanking test," said NASA spokesman Kyle Herring, with the Johnson Space Center in Houston. The test would have entailed filling the shuttle's fuel tank with cryogenic propellants and...

2006-05-01 14:20:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- Astronaut Eileen Collins, the first woman to command a U.S. space ship, is leaving NASA, the U.S. space agency announced on Monday. Collins, a veteran of four space shuttle missions, said she wants to pursue other interests and spend more time with her family. "I leave the astronaut job with great memories but also great expectations for our country's future in space," Collins said in a written statement. Collins, 49, was an Air Force test pilot before joining NASA...

2006-04-19 15:03:53

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The next space shuttle crew will use a sensor-laden boom to scan their ship's wings for damage from tiny meteorites and bits of space junk, a NASA spokesman said on Wednesday. The procedure, which will be conducted near the end of Discovery's planned 12-day flight, could become standard for all remaining shuttle missions before the fleet is retired in 2010. Only one shuttle has flown since the 2003 Columbia disaster. Columbia was...

2006-04-19 14:58:31

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The next space shuttle crew will use a sensor-laden boom to scan their ship's wings for damage from tiny meteorites and bits of space junk, a NASA spokesman said on Wednesday. The procedure, which will be conducted near the end of Discovery's planned 12-day flight, could become standard for all remaining shuttle missions before the fleet is retired in 2010. Only one shuttle has flown since the 2003 Columbia disaster. Columbia was...

2006-03-30 00:00:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- NASA is investigating another mishap at the Kennedy Space Center, this time an accident involving the remodeled fuel tank to be used for the next shuttle mission, the agency said on Wednesday. Technicians were replacing a vent valve near the top of the 154-foot (47-meter) tall tank on Tuesday when a Halogen work lamp fell and hit the tank's foam insulation. Preliminary inspections show the impact left five small indentations, with the largest about...

2006-03-17 12:47:36

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Kennedy Space Center employees returned to work Friday with orders to be more careful a day after delays caused by a series of recent accidents. James Kennedy, the space center's director, ordered work stopped for two hours Thursday while he addressed nearly 15,000 employees on safety issues over closed-circuit television. He warned that a major accident could derail NASA's plans to complete the international space station and begin exploring the moon and then...


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Tamara Jernigan
2012-10-22 11:04:53

Tamara Jernigan is an American scientist and former NASA astronaut. She was born Tamara Elizabeth "Tammy" Jernigan on May 7, 1959 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She attended Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe Springs, CA and graduated in 1977. She then went on to attend Stanford University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1981 and a Master of Science degree in engineering science in 1983. While at Stanford, she was a member of the varsity volleyball team. Following her...

John Grunsfeld
2012-10-18 12:19:21

John Grunsfeld is an American physicist and a former NASA astronaut. He was born John Mace Grunsfeld in October of 1958 in Chicago, Illinois. He remained in Illinois throughout his childhood and graduated from Highland Park High School in 1976. Upon his graduation, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1980. He then furthered his education at the University of Chicago, where he earned a Master of Science in physics in...

Joe Engle
2012-08-17 14:21:38

Joe Engle is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and a former NASA astronaut. He was born Joe Henry Engle on August 26, 1932 in Chapman, Kansas. He attended the University of Kansas, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1955. There he also received his commission in the Air Force through the Reserve Officers Training Program. In 1957, Engle entered flying school and flew the F-100 Super Sabre with the 474th Fighter Day Squadron and the 309th Tactical...

sts-9
2012-03-03 12:41:58

Columbia launched from Kennedy Space Center on November 28, 1983 at 11:00 AM (EST) and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on December 8, 1983 at 3:47 AM (PST). The shuttle orbited 167 times at an inclination of 57 degrees and travelled 4.3 million miles. The mission lasted 10 days, 7 hours, 47 minutes, and 24 seconds. This mission was the first time 6 people were carried into space on one shuttle, and it carried the first Spacelab mission and the first European crew member, Ulf Merbold of...

Robert Crippen
2012-01-17 18:03:01

Robert Crippen is an engineer, a retired United States Navy Captain, and a former NASA astronaut. He was born Robert Laurel Crippen on September 11, 1937 in Beaumont, Texas. He was raised in Texas and graduated from New Caney High School, and then went on to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering in 1960. Crippen was commissioned through the United States Navy's Aviation Officer Candidate School Program, and became...

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