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2011-05-16 08:17:00

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., May 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Space Shuttle Endeavour successfully lifted off for the final time from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center today on one of just two remaining missions before the Shuttle Program ends. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080407/LAM060LOGO) "Every Shuttle launch is a thrill to watch, but this launch, Endeavour's last, has a special meaning to all those who have played a role in the many successful missions of this...

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2011-04-19 07:30:00

As its shuttles are soon to retire, NASA has awarded funds to private companies with the goal of flying astronauts on commercial spaceships to and from the International Space Station by 2015. More than $269 million was awarded to four companies: Boeing, Space Exploration Technology (SpaceX), Blue Origin and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), says the agency. "We're committed to safely transporting U.S. astronauts on American-made spacecraft and ending the outsourcing of this work to foreign...

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2011-03-14 10:35:00

According to a NASA official, a space shuttle contract worker fell to his death on Monday morning while working at launch pad 39A. The worker, whose name has not yet been released pending notification of his family, was an employee of United Space Alliance. He was preparing space shuttle Endeavour for its final flight on April 19th. "He fell at the pad, and NASA emergency medical personnel responded but were unable to revive him," Kennedy Space Center spokeswoman Candrea Thomas said in a...

2011-02-24 16:29:00

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Space Shuttle Discovery successfully lifted off for the final time from Kennedy Space Center today on one of just two, and possibly three, remaining missions before the Shuttle Program is retired. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080407/LAM060LOGO) "I couldn't be more proud of this team," said Virginia Barnes, United Space Alliance (USA) Chief Executive Officer. "As this historic and remarkable Shuttle program winds...

2011-01-08 18:41:00

HOUSTON, Jan. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today was a very sad day for the NASA family with the shooting of our friend, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of all those injured and killed today, and are especially with Congresswoman Giffords' husband, Astronaut Mark Kelly; her parents; her children; and, of course, with the Congresswoman herself. Congresswoman Giffords is an optimistic, dynamic and upbeat Member of Congress. She is...

2010-12-10 15:00:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded a contract with a potential value of $171 million to Lockheed Martin Corp. of Gaithersburg, Md., for support of International Space Station cargo mission services. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The contract will support planning, coordination, preparation and packing of standardized containers for cargo missions to the station by international partner and commercial cargo vehicles....

2010-11-23 07:52:00

NASA has awarded a $165 million contract extension to United Space Alliance of Houston to provide mission and flight crew operations support for the International Space Station and human space exploration activities after the space shuttle is retired. The one-year extension exercises an option on the Integrated Mission Operations Contract, which covers ground-based human spaceflight operations capability development and execution. This includes support to mission planning and preparation,...

2010-09-27 15:00:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded a $13 million, six-month extension for International Space Station cargo mission services to Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems of Houston. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Under the contract, Lockheed Martin is responsible for launch integration, ground processing, on-orbit operation analysis, and cargo returned from the space...

2010-09-21 07:15:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Preparations for Orion's first mission in 2013 are well under way as a Lockheed Martin-led crew begins lean assembly pathfinding operations for the spacecraft. The crew is conducting simulated manufacturing and assembly operations with a full-scale Orion mockup to verify the tools, processes and spacecraft integration procedures work as expected. As the nation's next generation spacecraft for human spaceflight, the Orion crew exploration...

2010-09-14 15:10:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded a five-year, $1.24 billion contract extension to The Boeing Co. to continue engineering support of the International Space Station through Sept. 30, 2015. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Work under the contract extension is intended to maintain the station at peak performance levels so the full value of the unique research...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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