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2005-08-08 06:57:13

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Cloudy skies over its Florida landing site on Monday forced NASA to postpone the return to Earth of space shuttle Discovery, 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, canal-lined runway...

2005-08-08 04:15:06

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Cloudy skies on Monday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida forced NASA to postpone the return to Earth of space shuttle Discovery, prolonging for at least a day the first shuttle mission since the Columbia disaster in 2003. The U.S. space agency will try to land Discovery and its seven-member crew on Tuesday. The first opportunity will be at the Florida landing strip at 5:08 a.m. EDT (0908 GMT) with alternative sites in California and New Mexico available...

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2005-08-08 03:15:00

SPACE CENTER, Houston -- After orbiting the Earth for nearly two weeks, astronauts aboard space shuttle Discovery were told to circle the planet for another day as bad weather in Florida forced NASA to delay Monday's scheduled landing. The astronauts had powered up their spacecraft and were awaiting word from Mission Control to fire their braking rockets and head for home when controllers announced early Monday that low clouds over Cape Canaveral would postpone the landing. When clouds...

2005-08-08 02:27:22

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA delayed the return of the space shuttle Discovery to Earth on Monday due to weather worries at the Kennedy Space Center. The shuttle had been due to land at 4:47 a.m. EDT (0847 GMT) to bring to an end the first shuttle mission since the Columbia disaster in 2003. A second landing opportunity was scheduled at 6:22 a.m. EDT (1022 GMT).

2005-08-07 21:26:28

By Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Shuttle Discovery's astronauts awoke late on Sunday for their last few hours in space before a scheduled pre-dawn landing, and the weather forecast looked good for an on-time touch-down. Awakened at 8:30 p.m. (1230 GMT), the seven crew members immediately began preparing for their expected landing at 4:47 a.m. (0847 GMT) on Monday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. "We're getting ready here and we're looking forward to coming home,"...

2005-08-07 05:59:09

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Discovery astronauts gave their spacecraft a final inspection on Sunday and said they were confident of a safe return to Earth on the first shuttle flight since the 2003 Columbia disaster. They checked out flight control systems and used a laptop computer to practice landings before Monday's touchdown in Florida. "Discovery is in absolutely great shape," shuttle commander Eileen Collins said in a media interview from space. "I'm pretty confident about...

2005-08-07 02:40:25

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Discovery astronauts tested shuttle flight systems and used a laptop computer to practice landing Sunday as they prepared to return to Earth in the first shuttle flight since the 2003 Columbia disaster. They fired steering jets, checked out flight controls and remotely jiggled the spacecraft's rudder in an inspection before a planned landing Monday in Florida that will have NASA holding its breath. Discovery passed Sunday's tests with flying colors....

2005-08-06 18:40:54

By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - The shuttle Discovery sailed away from the International Space Station on Saturday while NASA braced for the first landing since the crew of Columbia died minutes before they were due to touch down in February 2003. "We are going to be pretty darn happy to get to wheels stop and see this good crew step off," said lead flight director Paul Hill. "It'll be a huge sense of accomplishment having gotten through the last two years and demonstrated that we still...

2005-08-06 10:48:25

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Discovery departed from the International Space Station on Saturday and glided off on its own in the first step toward the shuttle's risky return to Earth. With pilot Jim Kelly at the controls, the spacecraft unlatched from the docking port, then eased away from the station that it joined in space on July 28. Kelly looped Discovery once around the station while his crew mates snapped photographs of the station's exterior for inspection later by NASA...

2005-08-06 07:36:47

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Discovery departed from the International Space Station on Saturday and glided off on its own in the first step toward the shuttle's risky return to Earth. With pilot Jim Kelly at the controls, the spacecraft unlatched from the docking port, then eased away from the station that it joined in space on July 28. Kelly looped Discovery once around the station while his crew mates snapped photographs of the station's exterior for inspection later by NASA...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.