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2005-09-21 11:15:00

MELBOURNE, Florida -- NASA prepared on Wednesday to evacuate its Johnson Space Center in Houston and turn over control of the International Space Station to its Russian partners as Hurricane Rita barreled across the Gulf of Mexico with ferocious winds. Space agency officials were meeting to discuss storm preparations, said NASA spokesman James Hartsfield. But many of the space center's 15,000 government and contractor workers were already taking advantage of NASA's liberal leave policy to...

2005-09-20 22:30:24

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA's deputy shuttle program manager has moved into the top spot, taking over from an ex-Marine who is now leading the space agency's hurricane recovery effort on the Gulf Coast. Wayne Hale had been serving as acting program manager following the reassignment of Bill Parsons last week, and was named Tuesday as Parsons' permanent successor. Hale, a mechanical engineer, has worked at NASA since 1978 and became a flight director 10 years later. He oversaw flight...

2005-08-21 10:07:24

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL (Reuters) - The space shuttle Discovery completed a cross-country ride atop a jumbo jet and returned to Florida on Sunday, nearly two weeks after finishing NASA's first mission since the 2003 Columbia accident. After spending an extra day at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana because of poor weather, the shuttle landed at the Kennedy Space Center in central Florida about 10 a.m. Eastern time (1400 GMT) after riding piggyback on a specially modified...

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2005-08-21 09:30:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Discovery arrived back at its home port Sunday atop a jumbo jet following a 5.8 million-mile journey through space - the first by a shuttle in 2 1/2 years - and then a jog across the country. The shuttle, bolted to the top of the modified Boeing 747, flew from its last pit stop in Louisiana to the Kennedy Space Center and, at midmorning, touched down on the runway where it should have landed with its crew of seven almost two weeks earlier. A handful of shuttle...

2005-08-20 09:13:53

MIAMI (Reuters) - The return of the space shuttle Discovery to its home port in Florida, riding piggyback on a modified Boeing 747 jumbo jet, was delayed on Saturday because of potentially bad weather along its route, NASA said. Discovery had landed at Edwards Air Force base in California on August 9, completing NASA's first shuttle mission since its sister ship Columbia fell apart over Texas in February 2003. After leaving Edwards on Friday, Discovery had landed at Barksdale Air...

2005-08-18 13:56:37

Please read in 8th paragraph "and will not now have to do back-to-back missions" instead of "but was now going to have to do back-to-back missions." By Maggie Fox WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA has been forced to delay the next launch of a space shuttle until March 2006 because more time is needed to fix a problem with foam flying off the external fuel tank, space agency officials said on Thursday. "From an overall standpoint we think really March 4th is the time frame we are looking...

2005-08-18 14:11:46

By Maggie Fox WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA will delay the next launch of a space shuttle until March 2006 in part because more time is needed to fix a problem with foam flying off the external fuel tank, space agency officials said on Thursday. "From an overall standpoint we think really March 4th is the time frame we are looking at," Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA's associate administrator for Space Operations, told a news conference. NASA made the announcement a day after a report on its...

2005-08-18 14:08:04

By Maggie Fox WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA has been forced to delay the next launch of a space shuttle until March 2006 because more time is needed to fix a problem with foam flying off the external fuel tank, space agency officials said on Thursday. "From an overall standpoint we think really March 4th is the time frame we are looking at," Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA's associate administrator for Space Operations, told a news conference. The announcement came just a day after some...

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2005-08-18 11:05:00

WASHINGTON -- NASA will delay the next launch of a space shuttle until March 2006 in part because more time is needed to fix a problem with foam flying off the external fuel tank, space agency officials said on Thursday. "From an overall standpoint we think really March 4th is the time frame we are looking at," Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA's associate administrator for Space Operations, told a news conference. NASA made the announcement a day after a report on its response to safety...

2005-08-17 18:26:39

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) -- Space shuttle Discovery is tentatively scheduled to leave California on Friday, more than a week after it was diverted to the Mojave Desert in the first shuttle flight since the Columbia accident. Discovery's cross-country ferry to Cape Canaveral, Fla., expected to cost NASA at least $1 million, has been postponed twice this week due to bad weather and technical glitches. Monday's thunderstorms forced crews to temporarily halt preparations. Technicians...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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