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2009-03-12 10:10:19

The U.S. space agency says space shuttle Discovery's launch to the International Space Station is tentatively targeted for Sunday evening. National Aeronautics and Space Administration officials postponed Wednesday's planned liftoff due to a leak in a hydrogen venting system outside the rocket's external fuel tank. The system is used to carry excess hydrogen safely away from the launch pad. Sunday's launch would be at 7:43 p.m. EDT but NASA said the exact launch date is dependent on the work...

2009-02-14 13:23:50

The next launch of the U.S. space shuttle Discovery has been pushed back a third time to allow for a review of shuttle fuel control valves, NASA officials say. National Aeronautics and Space Administration officials said Friday the latest delay would give engineers more time to inspect the spacecraft's fuel control valves, an item that malfunctioned during the launch of the Endeavor shuttle last November, Space.com reported. A chip from an Endeavor valve broke free during the 2008 launch and...

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2008-06-13 11:00:00

NASA engineers have reported that a metal clip used by the shuttle Discovery's braking system fell off on Friday, but Discovery's Commander Mark Kelly added that the clip is not critical and shouldn't cause any problems for the shuttle's landing on Saturday. As Discovery astronauts completed a day-before-landing test of the shuttle steering jets, they reported noticing a one-foot- to 1.5-foot-long rectangular object floating away from the shuttle from behind the rear portion of the right...

2008-01-31 07:05:58

Five years after NASA's shuttle Columbia disintegrated during reentry and killed seven astronauts, the agency looks to test new safety features even beyond the upcoming launch of the Atlantis orbiter. Columbia was lost in 2003 after a piece of foam insulation fell off the external fuel tank and struck the shuttle's wing during launch. That allowed hot gas to seep into the wing as the shuttle later reentered the atmosphere, with catastrophic results. NASA spent the next two and a half...

2007-12-12 08:09:31

NASA will refill the space shuttle Atlantis' large external tank next week in hopes of isolating a sensor glitch that foiled two attempts to launch an orbital construction mission this month, the agency's shuttle chief said Tuesday. Wayne Hale, NASA's space shuttle program manager, said a team of engineers will outfit Atlantis' 15-story fuel tank with new monitoring equipment and then fill it with super-cold propellant on Dec. 18 to better understand why some fuel gauge-like...

2007-12-06 10:59:13

This story was updated at 11:23 a.m. EST. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's shuttle Atlantis and its seven-astronaut crew will have to wait at least one more day to rocket toward the International Space Station (ISS) with a new European laboratory after a sensor glitch thwarted a Thursday launch attempt. Faulty readings in two of four hydrogen fuel gauge sensors prevented Atlantis from launching from NASA's Kennedy Space Center here at 4:31 p.m. EST (2131 GMT). NASA flight rules...

2006-07-17 16:26:55

By Irene Klotz and Tom Brown CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The U.S. space shuttle Discovery landed smoothly in Florida on Monday, ending a successful 13-day mission that NASA hopes will return the U.S.-built shuttles to regular space flights three years after the Columbia disaster. Double sonic booms thundered over central Florida as the shuttle glided through partly cloudy skies toward a three-mile-long runway at the Kennedy Space Center. Commander Steve Lindsey gently...

2006-07-17 11:37:45

By Deborah Zabarenko and Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - U.S. Space shuttle Discovery landed smoothly in Florida on Monday at the end of a 13-day mission meant to show the fleet is fit to fly safely, three years after the fatal Columbia accident. Double sonic booms thundered over central Florida as the shuttle glided through partly cloudy skies heading toward a three-mile-long runway at the Kennedy Space Center. Commander Steve Lindsey gently steered the shuttle...

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2006-07-17 12:20:00

By Irene Klotz and Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- U.S. Space shuttle Discovery landed smoothly in Florida on Monday at the end of a 13-day mission meant to show the fleet is fit to fly safely, three years after the fatal Columbia accident. Double sonic booms thundered over central Florida as the shuttle glided through partly cloudy skies heading toward a three-mile-long runway at the Kennedy Space Center. Commander Steve Lindsey gently steered the shuttle through a series of...

2006-07-17 08:43:28

By Deborah Zabarenko and Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - U.S. Space shuttle Discovery landed smoothly in Florida on Monday at the end of a 13-day mission meant to show the fleet is fit to fly safely, three years after the fatal Columbia accident. Double sonic booms thundered over central Florida as the shuttle glided through partly cloudy skies heading toward a three-mile-long runway at the Kennedy Space Center. Commander Steve Lindsey gently steered the shuttle...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.