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2007-12-10 07:28:53

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA is back on the trail of an erratic fuel sensor glitch that forced the agency to delay launch plans for the space shuttle Atlantis until early January, mission managers said Sunday. The failure of a fuel gauge-like sensor in Atlantis' 15-story external tank during a countdown test today forced NASA to call off a planned afternoon launch for the second time. Engineers will now scour the sensor system in hopes of pinning down the malfunction in time for a...

2007-12-06 10:59:13

This story was updated at 11:23 a.m. EST. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's shuttle Atlantis and its seven-astronaut crew will have to wait at least one more day to rocket toward the International Space Station (ISS) with a new European laboratory after a sensor glitch thwarted a Thursday launch attempt. Faulty readings in two of four hydrogen fuel gauge sensors prevented Atlantis from launching from NASA's Kennedy Space Center here at 4:31 p.m. EST (2131 GMT). NASA flight rules...

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2007-06-12 13:20:23

HOUSTON -- A new set of solar panels gleamed in the sunlight Tuesday on the international space station as the freshly installed array started opening up. The first pair of solar wings was fully deployed by early afternoon. The other solar panel would be unfurled later in the day. It's a slow process. Each wing is unfolded halfway, then allowed to warm in the sun for about 30 minutes to prevented the solar panels from sticking together. The installation of the new array - part of the...

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2007-06-07 18:15:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- After a three-month delay, NASA entered the final day of a launch countdown for space shuttle Atlantis Thursday with no major technical problems looming and a forecast for promising weather. Forecasters predicted an 80 percent chance that the weather would allow NASA to launch its first space shuttle mission of the year at 7:38 p.m. Friday. Engineers were not working on any technical problems, said Steve Payne, NASA test director. A freak storm set back the mission in...

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2007-06-05 12:50:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA started a countdown Tuesday toward the first space shuttle flight of the year. Engineers reported no major technical problems and the weather forecast looked favorable for a Friday launch. The countdown clock began ticking on schedule Tuesday at 9 p.m. EDT. There was a 70 percent chance that the weather would be suitable at 7:38 p.m. EDT Friday, NASA's first opportunity to launch space shuttle Atlantis. The shuttle will carry seven astronauts on an 11-day mission...

2007-05-31 17:20:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA managers announced Thursday that they would press ahead with the first space shuttle launch of the year next week, three months later than originally planned because of a hail storm that pockmarked the spacecraft's external tank. After a two-day meeting at the Kennedy Space Center, NASA officials agreed to launch Atlantis at 7:38 p.m. EDT June 8 on a mission to deliver a new pair of solar arrays to the international space station. The launch had been set for...

2007-05-11 20:00:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA managers on Friday approved moving Atlantis to the launch pad in hopes that a June launch will return the space shuttle program to a regular flight schedule after a six-month hiatus. Technicians planned to haul Atlantis to the launch pad as soon as Tuesday if technicians can quickly remove the scaffolding that was used while thousands of dings from hail were repaired in the foam insulation on the shuttle's external fuel tank. Golf ball-size hailstones damaged the...

2007-02-27 10:40:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Hail from a passing thunderstorm dinged a section of space shuttle Atlantis' external fuel tank, and NASA managers weren't sure Tuesday morning if the damage was severe enough to postpone next month's launch. The storm Monday evening passed over the launch pad where Atlantis was being prepared for a March 15 launch, NASA spokesman Bill Johnson said. "Right now, the big deal is how many divots? How deep are they? Can they be repaired at the pad? Can they not be repaired...

2007-02-15 09:55:37

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Space shuttle Atlantis began a sluggish move to the launch pad on Thursday in preparation for a mid-March mission to continue construction of the international space station. The shuttle started the 3.4-mile journey from the Vehicle Assembly Building aboard the massive crawler-transporter vehicle at 8:19 a.m. The trip was expected to last six hours. Atlantis is set to launch on March 15 for the first space shuttle mission of the year. The six-man crew will deliver...

2007-01-25 10:30:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA has pushed up by a day its first space shuttle launch attempt of the year, a mission that will continue construction of the international space station, officials said Thursday. Space shuttle Atlantis and its six astronauts are now set to blast off from the Kennedy Space Center at 6:43 a.m. EST on March 15. Final approval of that date will be made at a meeting of NASA managers at the end of February. "Everybody agrees that it was something that was doable if all...


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Joseph Richard “Joe” Tanner
2012-09-17 10:46:05

Joseph Richard “Joe” Tanner was born January 21, 1950 in Danville, Illinois. He was awarded Eagle Scout by the Prairielands Council with the Boy Scouts of America in Champaign, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois where he was the captain of the swimming team and included in the “Top 100 Seniors”. He received an award for being an Outstanding Alumnus of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University as well. He has an identical twin brother...

Christopher Ferguson
2012-09-17 09:35:02

Chris Ferguson is a retired United States Navy Captain and a former NASA astronaut. He was born Christopher J. Ferguson on September 1, 1961 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, He attended Archbishop Ryan High School and then went on to Drexel University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1984. Two years later he earned his Naval Aviator wings in NAS Kingsville, Texas after being commissioned from the Navy ROTC program at the University of Pennsylvania....

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2012-03-24 09:43:51

Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center on February 28, 1990 at 2:50 AM EST and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on March 4 at 10:08 AM PST. The shuttle orbited 72 times at an altitude of 132 nautical miles at an inclination of 62 degrees and travelled 1.9 million miles. The mission lasted 4 days, 10 hours, 18 minutes, and 22 seconds. This was a Department of Defense mission and all shuttle activities were classified. The launch set for February 22 was postponed to February 23,...

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2010-12-03 14:11:14

Daniel Burbank is an American astronaut and a Captain in the United States Coast Guard. He was born Daniel Christopher Burbank on July 27, 1961 in Manchester, Connecticut. In 1979, he graduated from Tolland High School in Tolland, Connecticut. He then attended Fairfield University for his first year of college, but soon transferred to the United States Coast Guard Academy, where he earned his commission in 1985. Two years later, he completed flight training and became an instructor pilot. He...

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