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2006-07-05 09:45:36

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Astronauts on shuttle Discovery began a painstaking inspection of their spacecraft on Wednesday, using a sensor-laden robot arm to look for damage after launch from Florida on a mission critical to the shuttle program's future. NASA executives earlier said flecks of insulating foam flew off the orbiter's problem-plagued fuel tank during Tuesday's Fourth of July takeoff, but that Discovery looked to be in good shape. The seven-member shuttle crew...

2006-07-05 05:52:27

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Astronauts on the shuttle Discovery awoke to their first full day in space on Wednesday and prepared to inspect their orbiter for damage after launching from Florida on a flight NASA hopes will get the troubled U.S. space program back on track. Photos and videos from Tuesday's Fourth of July takeoff showed flecks of insulating foam flying off the shuttle's problem-plagued fuel tank after launch, but NASA executives said initial examinations...

2006-07-04 13:49:51

By Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The U.S. space shuttle Discovery roared off its Florida launch pad on Tuesday on a voyage to the International Space Station, a mission whose failure would likely ground the shuttle fleet permanently. Discovery, carrying seven astronauts, lifted off from the seaside launch site at 2:38 p.m. EDT (1838 GMT) and soared into sunny skies, jettisoning its booster rockets about 2 and a half minutes into the flight. It reached orbit...

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2006-07-03 16:50:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA wrestled Monday with whether to try a Fourth of July space shuttle liftoff after the startling discovery of a small chunk of foam insulation that broke off Discovery's fuel tank as it sat on the launch pad. The troubling find came after inspectors discovered a 5-inch-long crack in the foam - a problem that continues to vex NASA ever since a big piece of foam brought down Columbia and killed seven astronauts in 2003. NASA managers were meeting Monday evening to...

2006-07-03 10:47:51

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA inspectors found a crack in the foam insulation of space shuttle Discovery's fuel tank and managers met on Monday to decide how the crack might affect Tuesday's launch. "It's in the insulation near a bracket on the external fuel tank," a NASA spokeswoman said. Scheduled launches on Saturday and Sunday were scrubbed because of bad weather and the discovery of the crack could delay the launch again because of fears that falling...

2006-07-03 06:45:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- The destruction of the U.S. space shuttle Columbia in 2003 not only spurred NASA to figure out a way to save a stranded space shuttle crew, but also how to get their damaged ship back home. The key is aboard space shuttle Discovery, which now scheduled for launch at 2:38 p.m. EDT (1838 GMT) on Tuesday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida after two weather-related delays over the weekend. Among the two tons of cargo the shuttle will be toting to...

2006-07-02 23:55:46

By Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Bad weather forced NASA to postpone the launch of the space shuttle Discovery on Sunday for the second consecutive day, with the next launch attempt set for Tuesday. The decision to cancel liftoff came minutes after the seven crew members boarded the spaceship, even before the vessel's hatch was closed. Hours before, NASA forecasters had estimated only a 30 percent chance that weather would favor launch, as thunderclouds...

2006-07-02 12:59:02

By Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Bad weather forced NASA to postpone the launch of the space shuttle Discovery on Sunday for the second consecutive day, with the next launch attempt set for Tuesday. The decision to cancel liftoff came minutes after the seven crew members boarded the spaceship, even before the vessel's hatch was closed. Hours before, NASA forecasters had estimated only a 30 percent chance that weather would favor launch, as thunderclouds...

2006-07-02 12:19:22

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Bad weather forced NASA to postpone the launch of the space shuttle Discovery on Sunday for the second consecutive day.

2006-07-01 13:25:45

By Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Space shuttle Discovery counted down for launch on Saturday, with the seven-person crew aboard and lightning in the forecast on a critical flight that could see the end of the shuttle program. Discovery was scheduled to lift off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 3:49 p.m. EDT (1949 GMT) on a voyage to the International Space Station that will test repairs to the shuttle's troublesome fuel tank, which triggered the...


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