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2008-02-20 08:45:39

This story was updated at 10:09 a.m. EST. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The shuttle Atlantis and seven astronauts landed safely back on Earth Wednesday after a successful mission to deliver Europe's first permanent orbital laboratory to the International Space Station (ISS). With shuttle commander Stephen Frick at the helm, Atlantis swooped out of the morning sky over NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) here and loosed two sonorous sonic booms before touching down at 9:07 a.m. EST (1407...

2008-02-19 12:55:00

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military has issued aircraft advisories for a large area of the Pacific Ocean for the evenings of Feb. 20 and Feb. 21, setting off speculation that it will attempt to shoot down a wayward U.S. spy satellite on one or both of those nights. During a press conference Feb. 14 announcing plans to try to down the satellite as a safety measure, senior U.S. government officials said the attempt would occur somewhere over the Pacific during a several-day window that opens when...

2008-02-16 03:27:20

This story was updated at 11:59 p.m. EST. HOUSTON — NASA will call up a backup landing strip for the space shuttle Atlantis next week to give the U.S. military more leeway to shoot down an ailing spy satellite, mission managers said Friday. The space agency will activate a backup runway at California's Edwards Air Force Base on Feb. 20 in addition to the shuttle's primary landing site at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, Fla., to give the U.S. Navy the...

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2008-01-29 18:00:00

AN AMATEUR astronomer in Wirral has captured the first image of a top-secret US spy satellite which is expected to crash to Earth in the next few weeks. John Locker used an optical telescope to record the highly- classified craft tumbling in its faulty orbit as it passed over his home in Upton. The satellite was around 200 miles up and speeding across the sky as Mr Locker took his photo of sunlight glinting from its bodywork. He used a webcam attached to the telescope in his back garden to...

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2008-01-26 17:15:00

A large U.S. spy satellite has lost power and could hit the Earth in late February or March, government officials said Saturday. The satellite, which no longer can be controlled, could contain hazardous materials, and it is unknown where on the planet it might come down, they said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the information is classified as secret. "Appropriate government agencies are monitoring the situation," said Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National...

2007-06-18 15:02:48

U.S. launches secret spy satellites WASHINGTON, June 15 (Xinhua) -- The United States launched a pair of intelligence-gathering satellites on Friday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. media reported. The top-secret satellites were carried by an An Atlas V rocket, which blasted off from Cape Canaveral at 11:14 a.m. Friday local time, and were reportedly to be used to track ships moving at sea. The satellites were launched for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), a division of...

2006-08-31 07:22:00

By Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Life is tough, even for James Bond. Just ask actor Daniel Craig, who for the first time dons the British spy's tuxedo for fall film, "Casino Royale." Ask him what is the coolest thing about making the 21st movie in the fabled film series that spans more than 40 years and five Bonds, and he responds: "Finishing probably." For the film, which opens November 17, he was beat up, blown up and hung on wires on the back of a fuel tanker by...

2006-08-31 07:00:00

By Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES -- Life is tough, even for James Bond. Just ask actor Daniel Craig, who for the first time dons the British spy's tuxedo for fall film, "Casino Royale." Ask him what is the coolest thing about making the 21st movie in the fabled film series that spans more than 40 years and five Bonds, and he responds: "Finishing probably." For the film, which opens November 17, he was beat up, blown up and hung on wires on the back of a fuel tanker by director Martin...

2006-08-21 01:24:12

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has arrested a suspected North Korean spy who entered the country at a time when tensions are running high on the peninsula, a parliamentary official said on Monday, The arrest comes after North Korea defied international warnings and test fired seven missiles on July 5, and news reports from the United States last week said North Korea may be preparing to conduct its first nuclear weapons test. The official with the parliamentary Intelligence Committee,...

2006-08-20 23:59:19

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has arrested a suspected North Korean spy trying to enter the country at a time when tensions are running high on the peninsula, Yonhap news agency reported on Monday. The arrest report comes after North Korea defied international warnings and test fired seven missiles on July 5. News reports from the United States last week said North Korea may be preparing to conduct its first nuclear weapons test. South Korean intelligence agencies were not...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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