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2006-02-28 17:10:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The imminent arrival of a remodeled fuel tank for NASA's second shuttle launch since the 2003 Columbia disaster has bolstered hopes that shuttle flights will be able to resume in May, space agency managers said on Tuesday. The tank, extensively redesigned since falling insulation foam led to Columbia's destruction and further remodeled since July's flawed mission by the shuttle Discovery, was due to arrive at the Kennedy Space Center on...

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...

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...

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...

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2005-09-14 10:40:00

NASA -- When the shuttle Discovery streaked into the clear, blue sky this summer, millions of Americans sat on the edges of their seats, staring in awe at computer screens and television sets. More than 100 ground and shuttle-based cameras offered unprecedented views as the orbiter climbed through the atmosphere, jettisoned its rockets and freed itself from the external tank. But these elaborate camera systems were designed to do more than dazzle home viewers. They played a vital role in...

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...

2005-08-25 16:50:04

PALESTINE, Texas (AP) -- The name of NASA's balloon research facility now honors space shuttle Columbia's seven astronauts, who died when their spacecraft disintegrated over east Texas in 2003, the agency announced Thursday. The National Scientific Balloon Facility now is the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, proposed the change in April. He said it would help commemorate what Columbia's crew stood for: "Honor, bravery and the quest for knowledge for...

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2005-08-21 09:30:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Discovery arrived back at its home port Sunday atop a jumbo jet following a 5.8 million-mile journey through space - the first by a shuttle in 2 1/2 years - and then a jog across the country. The shuttle, bolted to the top of the modified Boeing 747, flew from its last pit stop in Louisiana to the Kennedy Space Center and, at midmorning, touched down on the runway where it should have landed with its crew of seven almost two weeks earlier. A handful of shuttle...


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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...

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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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