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2006-07-01 11:04:00

By Jim Loney CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA counted down to the launch of space shuttle Discovery on Saturday, hoping to fly a crucial mission and knowing that failure could ground the shuttle fleet permanently and leave the International Space Station unfinished. 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 space station that will test repairs to the shuttle's troublesome fuel tank, which...

2006-07-01 05:10:00

By Jim Loney CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA counted down to the launch of space shuttle Discovery on Saturday, hoping to fly a crucial mission whose failure could ground the shuttle fleet permanently and leave the International Space Station unfinished. Discovery is scheduled to lift off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 3:49 p.m. EDT (1949 GMT) on a voyage to the space station that will test repairs to the shuttle's troublesome fuel tank, which triggered the destruction...

2006-07-01 03:07:25

By Jim Loney CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA counted down to the launch of space shuttle Discovery on Saturday, hoping to fly a crucial mission whose failure could ground the shuttle fleet permanently and leave the International Space Station unfinished. Discovery is scheduled to lift off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 3:49 p.m. EDT (1949 GMT) on a voyage to the space station that will test repairs to the shuttle's troublesome fuel tank, which triggered the...

2006-06-30 11:10:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA's crucial decisions ahead of shuttle Discovery's planned liftoff on Saturday will begin at dawn, when managers must decide whether to fill the ship's fuel tank for launch, space agency officials said on Friday. The shuttle, which has not flown in a year, is scheduled to lift off at 3:49 p.m. EDT (1949 GMT) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on just the second mission since the 2003 Columbia disaster. The biggest immediate concern...

2006-06-26 07:10:09

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - It's been 3.5 years and hundreds of millions of dollars since the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated. Yet NASA faces the same vexing problem that doomed the orbiter when it tries to launch shuttle Discovery on Saturday. Insulation foam -- it seems a trivial part of launching a complex spacecraft. But the problem of falling foam has perplexed the U.S. space agency capable of doing what no other country does, landing a space...

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2006-06-24 13:28:39

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A grounded space shuttle. Countless months trying to fix foam insulation problems on the fuel tank. A faulty fuel tank sensor that delayed a launch in May. If this list looks familiar, it should. With a possible liftoff of Discovery just seven days away, NASA is dealing with many of the same problems it faced almost a year ago in what could be called the space agency's version of the movie "Groundhog Day." The shuttle program manager, Wayne Hale, acknowledges that....

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...

2006-06-07 17:25:00

By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - NASA approved a major design change in the space shuttle's fuel tank on Wednesday, clearing the last major hurdle before shuttle flights can resume as early as July 1, officials said. "There were no surprises. Everything went smoothly," NASA spokeswoman June Malone said after managers and engineers approved the new tank design at a meeting at NASA's fuel tank manufacturing plant near New Orleans. Officials will choose a firm launch date for Discovery at the...

2006-03-14 18:49:51

By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - NASA on Tuesday put off its next space shuttle mission until July at the earliest to replace fuel sensors in the shuttle's external fuel tank that could give faulty readings. The delay in getting the shuttle fleet back into the air after it was grounded last July could further delay the multination orbital construction of the International Space Station, which depends on the U.S. space shuttles. Shuttle program manager Wayne Hale said replacing the...

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2005-12-16 00:00:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- NASA space shuttle managers ordered additional redesigns on Thursday to the ships' fuel tanks but still believe shuttle flights can resume as early as May, a top U.S. space agency official said. Over the next several weeks, engineers planned to test and analyze several options for using the tanks without protective foam ramps that shield underlying cables and pressurization lines from the supersonic speeds of launch. Part of a foam ramp, which...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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