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January 23, 1996 |
Astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria flew in from Houston on Monday to bring his alma mater a gift from NASA. Introduced at an assembly as Mission Viejo High School's most famous graduate, Lopez-Alegria presented the school with a plaque signed by his crew mates on the space shuttle Columbia and gave students an account of piloting a 4.5-million-pound vehicle traveling 5 miles per second.
June 30, 2007 |
Former astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak didn't wear diapers during her 950-mile road trip to confront a romantic rival, her lawyer said Friday, disputing one of the more bizarre details to emerge from the case. "The biggest lie in this preposterous tale that has been told is that my client drove from Houston, Texas, to Orlando, Fla., nonstop, wearing a diaper," Donald Lykkebak said after filing motions to suppress evidence in Nowak's criminal case.
November 26, 1997 |
Space shuttle Columbia's astronauts may free the satellite they captured in a dramatic spacewalk rescue. That would be scientists' only hope of salvaging the satellite's botched mission to observe the sun's charged outer atmosphere. The $10-million Spartan satellite malfunctioned moments after its release from Columbia last week and had to be brought back aboard by two astronauts in a spacewalk.
January 20, 2003 |
The space shuttle Columbia's astronauts set small fires in a study of soot. The flames were contained in a chamber, with no danger of fire breaking out. Astronauts used a hot wire igniter and jet burner to produce the flames. They collected the soot for analysis on Earth. Scientists want to understand the production of soot, a pollutant that can lead to lung disease. They turned to space to eliminate the rising of hot air and to slow the reactions inside flames.
November 25, 2008 |
Astronauts successfully carried out one last spacewalk, finishing an unprecedented clean and lube job that they began a week ago at the International Space Station. Spacewalker Stephen Bowen wrapped up work on a jammed solar-wing rotary joint as partner Shane Kimbrough squirted extra grease as a precaution on another joint. NASA added a 16th day to space shuttle Endeavour's mission. Managers wanted to give the astronauts more time to fix a machine that's supposed to turn urine into drinking water.
November 26, 2008 |
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station got a double dose of good news: A rotary joint that they spent days cleaning and lubing appeared to be working normally for the first time in more than a year, and a urine recycling machine finally was behaving. For more than a year, the jammed joint had prevented the solar wings on the right side of the space station from automatically pointing toward the sun. The space shuttle Endeavour's astronauts went out four times to clean and lubricate the joint and replace its bearings.
March 15, 2008 |
Astronauts got power flowing to the International Space Station's new robot, overcoming a problem that had threatened to disrupt shuttle Endeavour's construction mission. Working from inside, the astronauts used the space station's mechanical arm to grab and energize the sleeping giant, named Dextre, which had been dormant outside the orbiting complex for nearly two days. Electricity quickly began streaming to the robot's joints and electronics, to everyone's relief. "Good news from the flight control room," Mission Control announced in Houston.
January 29, 2005 |
The two astronauts on the International Space Station left their orbiting home in the hands of ground controllers Wednesday and floated outside to install an experimental robotic arm and inspect vents that might be causing air-supply equipment breakdowns. Leroy Chiao and Salizhan Sharipov found goo on the vents and hooked up the arm, solving a minor problem with a loose electrical connection. The spacewalk was the first in the pair's mission, now at the 3 1/2 -month point.
March 28, 2005 |
The two International Space Station astronauts began a spacewalk this morning to install antennas and to release a small satellite, officials at NASA's Kennedy Space Center said. Cmdr. Leroy Chiao and his Russian crewmate, Salizhan Sharipov, left the space station empty for the second time in a few months. They took extra safety measures, officials said, because of a problem during their spacewalk in January, when Chiao got too close to firing thrusters.
January 24, 2011 |
After becoming the first private company ever to blast a spacecraft into Earth orbit and have it return intact last month, Hawthorne rocket maker Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is pushing toward its next big step. The company known as SpaceX wants to be the first commercial firm to launch astronauts into outer space and has submitted a proposal to NASA. SpaceX wants in on the potentially multibillion-dollar job of ferrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station after the space shuttle is retired this year.