December 14, 1990 |
Who cares about the debate over the No. 1 college team? For most football fans, the main issue has been settled--mainly, who gets Floyd of Rosedale. It's Minnesota, of course. The trophy originated 55 years ago when the governors of Minnesota and Iowa wagered a real hog on the outcome of the Gopher-Hawkeye game. (As if the game itself isn't big enough.) Then, rather than pass poor Floyd back and forth every year, a bronze likeness of the blue-ribbon pig was created.
February 22, 2006 |
Atlantis will be the first of NASA's three space shuttles to be retired, most likely in 2008, as the shuttle program winds down, a senior agency official said Tuesday. Atlantis' parts will be used as replacements by the remaining shuttles, Discovery and Endeavour, until the aging spacecraft are mothballed in 2010, shuttle program manager Wayne Hale told workers at the Kennedy Space Center.
February 27, 1990 |
The weather improved and NASA resumed the countdown today for a sixth attempt to launch the shuttle Atlantis on a secret mission to put a spy satellite in orbit. Air Force forecasters said there is a 60% chance that the weather will allow the liftoff at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday. The odds are up from 40% Monday.
January 4, 2008 |
NASA will delay the flight of space shuttle Atlantis until late January or, more likely, February to replace a suspect connector in a fuel tank, officials said at Cape Canaveral. The connector is believed to be responsible for back-to-back launch postponements last month.
September 18, 2000 |
The shuttle Atlantis and its astronauts pulled away from the international space station after a short but productive stay, Kennedy Space Center reported. The astronauts had flown together eight days. "You did a fantastic job," Mission Control radioed once the doors to the station were closed earlier in the day, "and we know the Expedition One crew will really appreciate all the effort you put in getting their new home set up."
September 5, 2008 |
NASA moved the space shuttle Atlantis to the launch pad for a flight next month to the Hubble Space Telescope after being waylaid by two tropical storms. Atlantis is supposed to blast off Oct. 8 on NASA's final visit to Hubble, but it is expected to be delayed a couple of days because of work lost to Tropical Storms Fay and Hanna. A technical problem with the hookup between the shuttle and its external fuel tank also stalled operations. Fay dumped an extraordinary amount of rain on the area two weeks ago and shut down Kennedy Space Center for three days.
December 9, 2007 |
With erratic fuel gauges still a threat, NASA aimed for a launch today of space shuttle Atlantis after senior managers signed off on a plan to tighten flight rules and shoot for a one-minute window. Managers say the precautions will keep Atlantis and its crew of seven as safe as possible if, indeed, the shuttle lifts off with a European lab intended for the International Space Station.
June 2, 1991 |
Lovers of legend have been fascinated since antiquity by tales of Atlantis, the paradise washed into the sea without a trace. Now comes John Anthony West, an American author, playwright and travel guide. He wants to prove that survivors of Atlantis built the Sphinx, the half-man, half-beast that wears a Pharaoh's crown and crouches at the foot of the Pyramids. Egyptologists say West is wasting his time, that his premise is nonsense.
October 17, 2002 |
After a tearful farewell, space shuttle Atlantis and its astronauts undocked Wednesday from the International Space Station, leaving it a bigger and more elaborate outpost. Shouts of "We want to stay!" came from Atlantis just before the two spacecraft parted company 250 miles above the Russian-Ukrainian border, ending one week of joint flight. During their mission, astronauts delivered a $390-million girder to the space station and made three spacewalks to install it.