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2006-10-06 12:16:23

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer WASHINGTON -AP - NASA workers inspecting space shuttle Atlantis this week discovered that a tiny piece of space debris had punched a harmless hole in a radiator panel during the shuttle's flight last month. Atlantis' six astronauts were never in danger, NASA spokesman Kyle Herring said Friday. The damage was not to any part of Atlantis' important heat shield, which protects the shuttle from superheated gases during re-entry to Earth's atmosphere. The...

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2006-09-21 06:15:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Atlantis and its six astronauts glided to a safe landing in darkness early Thursday, ending a successful mission to return to work on the international space station. "Glad to be back. It was a great team effort. Assembly is off to a good start," said commander Brent Jett immediately after touchdown at Kennedy Space Center at 6:21 a.m. EDT. From 220 miles above Earth, astronaut Jeff Williams watched from the space station, where Atlantis had departed on...

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2006-09-09 07:40:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA makes its fifth attempt to get Atlantis off the launch pad at 11:15 a.m. EDT on Saturday. If the mission is scrubbed again, the space agency must abandon for a few weeks its efforts to send the shuttle off on a construction mission at the international space station. NASA stopped Friday's launch try only 45 minutes before its scheduled launch. This time it was a faulty fuel tank sensor - the same glitch that thwarted two previous missions. The launch delay cost...

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2006-09-08 06:20:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis has been scrubbed until Saturday due to a problem with one of the vehicle's fuel system sensors. The new launch time is targeted for 11:14 a.m. EDT. Earlier in today's countdown, launch controllers detected a problem with one of the four ECO sensors inside the hydrogen portion the space shuttle's orange external tank. The sensors monitor hydrogen levels inside of the tank and trigger the orbiter's engines to shutdown when gas levels...

2006-09-05 13:15:24

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The weather looked favorable for Wednesday's launch of the space shuttle Atlantis on a mission to resume construction of the International Space Station for the first time since 2003, NASA officials said on Tuesday. The forecast had worsened slightly from Monday, but officials saw only a 30-percent chance of a delay due to clouds and possible rain around the Kennedy Space Center in central Florida at takeoff time. "Everybody on the...

2006-09-06 03:36:45

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA postponed the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis on Wednesday because of a problem with a power system aboard the ship, officials with the U.S. space agency said. The launch of Atlantis on NASA's first construction mission to the International Space Station since the 2003 Columbia accident had been planned for 12:29 p.m. (1629 GMT) Wednesday. The next opportunity to fly would be at 12:03 p.m. (1603 GMT) on Thursday. "We're...

2006-09-06 03:45:39

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA postponed the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis on Wednesday because of a problem with a power system aboard the ship, officials with the U.S. space agency said. The launch of Atlantis on NASA's first construction mission to the International Space Station since the 2003 Columbia accident had been planned for 12:29 p.m. (1629 GMT) Wednesday. The next opportunity to fly would be at 12:03 p.m. (1603 GMT) on Thursday. "We're...

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2006-09-06 03:35:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- NASA postponed the launch of space shuttle Atlantis by another day after discovering a problem with a fuel cell early Wednesday. Fueling the shuttle never got under way before one of three cells providing electricity to the space shuttle malfunctioned. The space agency planned to further examine the problem and try again at 12:03 p.m. EDT Thursday. "The launch rules say you need to have three good, operating fuel cells," said NASA spokesman Bruce...

2006-09-06 02:29:07

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA managers delayed filling the space shuttle Atlantis' fuel tank early on Wednesday to give technicians time to trouble-shoot a problem with one of the ship's three onboard fuel cells, a spokeswoman with the U.S. space agency said. NASA had planned to begin pumping 500,000 gallons of cryogenic propellants into the shuttle's tank in preparation for launch at 12:29 p.m. (1629 GMT) on a mission to resume International Space Station...

2006-09-04 17:44:37

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA managers have cleared space shuttle Atlantis for a launch attempt on Wednesday after a week's delay due to a lightning strike and a storm, officials with the U.S. space agency said on Monday. Atlantis' liftoff is targeted for 12:29 p.m. on Wednesday at the Kennedy Space Center in central Florida. Managers are also prepared to make launch attempts on Thursday and Friday if the weather or technical problems prevent liftoff on...


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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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