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2005-12-15 16:26:58

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA plans to redesign the space shuttle's external tank again, this time removing a section of protective foam that broke off during the launch of Discovery last July, an official with the space agency said Thursday. The removal of more foam from the external tank, and further testing to determine the root cause of cracks on it could lead to a longer delay until the next shuttle flight, tentatively set for May. But NASA official Bill Gerstenmaier said that's not...

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2005-11-22 17:20:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- NASA has found cracks in the insulating foam on a space shuttle fuel tank and is investigating whether they are related to the debris-shedding problem that doomed Columbia and recurred on the last shuttle mission, managers said on Tuesday. "It would be premature to say that the cracks played a factor in that, but they might have," said John Chapman, who oversees the shuttle external tank program at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in...

2005-11-15 17:53:40

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA's quest to resume space shuttle flights has slowed to a crawl at the Kennedy Space Center, where technicians were meticulously testing the fragile cloth strips that forced an unprecedented and risky spacewalk during the last shuttle mission. The tests on the cloth strips were in addition to extensive changes to the insulation on the shuttle's external fuel tank and other changes designed to make the spacecraft safer. NASA hopes...

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2005-11-15 17:50:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- NASA's quest to resume space shuttle flights has slowed to a crawl at the Kennedy Space Center, where technicians were meticulously testing the fragile cloth strips that forced an unprecedented and risky spacewalk during the last shuttle mission. The tests on the cloth strips were in addition to extensive changes to the insulation on the shuttle's external fuel tank and other changes designed to make the spacecraft safer. NASA hopes to launch the...

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...

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2005-10-04 18:25:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Workers may have accidentally cut or crushed the section of foam that broke off Discovery's fuel tank during its launch two months ago - a mishap that threatened the safety of the astronauts and grounded the shuttle fleet. That is the leading theory for the cause behind the disturbing loss of foam insulation that cast a cloud over NASA's return to space, said Wayne Hale, the newly appointed manager of the space shuttle program. In a wide-ranging interview with The...

2005-09-30 14:56:22

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA plans to push back its target for launching the next space shuttle from March to May as it tries to fix a problem with insulating foam that falls off the spacecraft's fuel tank, officials said on Friday. The agency had been hoping to resume flights in March but technical issues with the tanks, coupled with work interruptions caused by Hurricane Katrina, likely will delay launches until later in the spring, officials said. Foam...

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2005-09-27 14:25:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- NASA resumed control of the International Space Station and sent a shuttle fuel tank to its New Orleans assembly plant as it restarted operations at facilities on the storm-stricken U.S. Gulf Coast on Tuesday. The Johnson Space Center in Houston was evacuated last week due to foreboding predictions that Hurricane Rita would pass nearby and NASA had turned over control of the orbiting outpost to the backup operations center near Moscow. The Houston center officially...

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...


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  • To think; to imagine; to fancy.
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The word 'ween' comes from Middle English wene, from Old English wēn, wēna ("hope, weening, expectation"), from Proto-Germanic *wēniz, *wēnōn (“hope, expectation”), from Proto-Indo-European *wen- (“to strive, love, want, reach, win”).
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