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2005-08-12 07:53:05

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA said it does not expect another space shuttle to fly until at least late this year as it tries to figure out what caused Discovery's foam loss during liftoff. Bill Gerstenmaier, the space agency official leading the investigation into the foam loss, said Thursday the shuttle's fuel tanks will need modifications, which eliminates any chance of launching in September. The next available launch window would be November. After that, NASA will have to wait until next...

2005-08-09 13:33:11

By Nichola Groom EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (Reuters) - The space shuttle Discovery and its seven astronauts returned to Earth safely on Tuesday, successfully completing NASA's troubled resumption of human space flight 2 1/2 years after the Columbia disaster. NASA officials appeared visibly relieved after the problem-free landing, which may be the shuttle's last flight for some time. The fleet was grounded after the U.S. space agency's recent safety upgrades failed to prevent...

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2005-08-09 09:55:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At times, the Discovery mission conjured up memories of Apollo 13 for the ingenuity required of the astronauts and flight controllers. In an ever-changing, ever-challenging flight, NASA chief Michael Griffin called this group of seven astronauts true test pilots - and brave. The crew and what they did: --- The first woman ever to pilot a space shuttle, commander Eileen Collins adds to her string of firsts by heading up this test mission returning NASA to space after...

2005-08-09 07:54:48

By Nichola Groom EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (Reuters) - The space shuttle Discovery and its seven astronauts returned to Earth safely on Tuesday, bringing a successful end to NASA's troubled return to human space flight 2 1/2 years after the Columbia disaster. Discovery was traveling at 17,000 mph (27,000 kph) when it made its fiery re-entry into Earth's atmosphere and swooped over the Pacific Ocean before gliding to a smooth predawn landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California...

2005-08-09 06:18:00

By Irene Klotz and Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The crew of space shuttle Discovery fired the spaceship's braking rockets to leave orbit on Tuesday and headed to California for the first shuttle landing attempt since the 2003 Columbia disaster. With good weather forecast for an 8:12 a.m. EDT (1212 GMT) touchdown at the backup landing site in California's Mojave Desert, shuttle commander Eileen Collins fired Discovery's twin engines for 2 minutes and 42 seconds,...

2005-08-09 04:24:03

By Irene Klotz and Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA rejected two chances to land the space shuttle Discovery in Florida on Tuesday because of bad weather, making California the likely landing spot for the first shuttle flight since the 2003 Columbia disaster. Four times in two days NASA flight managers opted out of chances to end Discovery's 14-day mission at its home port, the Kennedy Space Center, because clouds and rain loomed too close to the landing strip. The...

2005-08-09 05:33:56

On his last day in orbit, Mission Specialist Steve Robinson sent a podcast from space before the seven-member Discovery crew returns to Earth Monday. The podcast was recorded as the Shuttle flew over the southeast tip of Indonesia. Flying high, Robinson provides a glimpse of STS-114 mission highlights in space, including a historic spacewalk. On a mission of many firsts, Robinson voyaged alone on the tip of the Station's robotic arm, flying 230 miles above the Earth to make a landmark repair...

2005-08-09 02:24:19

By Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A chance of rain near the Florida landing site prompted NASA to delay the return to Earth of space shuttle Discovery on Tuesday, once again extending the first shuttle mission since the 2003 Columbia accident. NASA twice rejected landing opportunities on Monday and did the same with the first chance to land the shuttle on Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center on Florida's east coast. "At this time we're going to ask you guys to watch...

2005-08-08 21:40:38

By Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Astronauts aboard space shuttle Discovery, prevented from returning to Earth by bad weather on Monday, prepared for a second day of landing opportunities to conclude the first shuttle mission since the 2003 Columbia disaster. "We sure hope we get our feet on the ground today," astronaut Wendy Lawrence told mission controllers in Houston after the crew's evening wake-up call. Flight controllers decided against two landing opportunities...

2005-08-08 13:33:28

By Irene Klotz and Jim Loney CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Cloudy skies over its Florida landing site on Monday forced NASA to postpone the space shuttle Discovery's return to Earth, prolonging by at least a day the first shuttle mission since the 2003 Columbia disaster. Flight directors tried twice to bring Discovery back to Earth after 13 days in orbit but decided the weather was too unpredictable to be sure shuttle commander Eileen Collins would have a clear view of the 3-mile,...


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