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2008-06-16 21:10:00

TITUSVILLE, Fla. - In the shadow of the Kennedy Space Center, the countdown has begun in the towns that run on the space program's clock. NASA is retiring its shuttle fleet in two years, and for at least five years after that, no humans will launch from Florida's "Space Coast." Communities built up around Cape Canaveral figure to take a hit. There will be no more blastoffs by Atlantis, Discovery or Endeavour to pack hotels and viewing sites with tourists. Up to 6,400 of the 8,000 shuttle...

2008-01-31 07:05:58

NASA's shuttle Atlantis is on target for a Feb. 7 launch so long as a kinked radiator hose doesn't put a crimp in the agency's plans. Top mission managers officially gave Atlantis' and its crew approval Wednesday to press ahead with next week's planned launch toward the International Space Station (ISS), where astronauts will deliver a new European lab to the International Space Station (ISS). But, they added, engineers must determine whether a bent radiator hose in the orbiter's...

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2007-12-18 19:05:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA on Tuesday traced fuel gauge failures in shuttle Atlantis' tank to a bad connector, and a top manager said he did not know how long it would take to replace the part or when the spaceship might fly. The erratic shuttle fuel gauges - part of a critical safety system - forced back-to-back launch delays this month. Until Tuesday's tanking test, NASA had been aiming for a Jan. 10 liftoff of Atlantis with a European space station lab. "We're going to follow this trail...

2007-12-12 08:09:31

NASA will refill the space shuttle Atlantis' large external tank next week in hopes of isolating a sensor glitch that foiled two attempts to launch an orbital construction mission this month, the agency's shuttle chief said Tuesday. Wayne Hale, NASA's space shuttle program manager, said a team of engineers will outfit Atlantis' 15-story fuel tank with new monitoring equipment and then fill it with super-cold propellant on Dec. 18 to better understand why some fuel gauge-like...

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2007-09-14 17:25:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA hopes to test a thermal tile patch on the next space shuttle mission that could have been used to fix the gouge that was carved into the bottom of Endeavour during last month's launch. The repair - a squirt of goo - was one of three methods NASA considered using before deciding the damaged tiles didn't need to be fixed in flight. Shuttle program manager Wayne Hale said Friday he also plans to expand the flight readiness review for Discovery's mission next month to...

2006-08-29 13:25:08

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis left its seaside launch pad on Tuesday on a slow, day-long ride back to shelter from high winds and rain expected from Tropical Storm Ernesto, NASA said. The move is likely to end the U.S. space agency's hopes of launching the shuttle by the end of its current launch window on September 7, in what would be the first International Space Station assembly mission since the 2003 Columbia disaster. "Based...

2006-08-29 13:17:08

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis left its seaside launch pad on Tuesday on a slow, day-long ride back to shelter from high winds and rain expected from Tropical Storm Ernesto, NASA said. The move is likely to end the U.S. space agency's hopes of launching the shuttle by the end of its current launch window on September 7, in what would be the first International Space Station assembly mission since the 2003 Columbia disaster. "Based...

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2006-08-16 15:40:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- NASA will attempt to launch space shuttle Atlantis on August 27 to restart construction of the half-built International Space Station, officials of the U.S. space agency said on Wednesday. "We set the launch date for the 27th, I think it's around 4:30 in the afternoon, so we're ready to go for that," Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA's associate administrator for space operations, told reporters at Cape Canaveral in Florida. NASA managers said they were also considering an...

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2006-06-24 13:28:39

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A grounded space shuttle. Countless months trying to fix foam insulation problems on the fuel tank. A faulty fuel tank sensor that delayed a launch in May. If this list looks familiar, it should. With a possible liftoff of Discovery just seven days away, NASA is dealing with many of the same problems it faced almost a year ago in what could be called the space agency's version of the movie "Groundhog Day." The shuttle program manager, Wayne Hale, acknowledges that....

2006-05-31 17:10:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- U.S. space shuttle Discovery on Wednesday passed a critical technical review to determine if modifications made to its fuel tank would significantly reduce the chances of a Columbia-like disaster. The shuttle is on the launch pad being prepared for a July 1 liftoff to the International Space Station. Two more flight reviews are pending before Discovery is cleared for launch on its second flight since the February 2003 Columbia disaster. During two...


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