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July 10, 2011 | By George Alexander
I began covering the space shuttle project in 1972, soon after President Nixon authorized it. I had recently joined this newspaper as a science writer. And the country was enthusiastic about the idea of a reusable spacecraft, which was expected to be sturdy, economical and reliable. The shuttle turned out to be neither economical nor sturdy, and its reliability has been wobbly. But as I watched the shuttle Atlantis blast off into space on what will be the 135th and final space shuttle mission, I found myself feeling a bit nostalgic.
April 27, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Welcome home, space shuttle Enterprise. The NASA shuttle soared over the Statue of Liberty and the world's most famous skyline Friday morning before landing safely at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. Hundreds were waiting to greet the aircraft, including NASA dignitaries, fidgety schoolchildren and Leonard Nimoy. "It feels like a reunion," Nimoy told CNN. Nimoy, who played Spock on the 1960s sci-fi series "Star Trek," recalled being photographed with the Enterprise when it was first unveiled as part of a politics-meets-pop culture moment.
September 7, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- Sorry, Houston, you didn't get a space shuttle, but at least you'll get a glimpse of the last one to fly -- on its way to L.A. NASA's plans for delivering the retired shuttle Endeavour to its permanent home in California call for the orbiter to fly on the back of a Boeing 747 over parts of Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and New Mexico, as well as landmarks in San Francisco and Sacramento, before landing at Los Angeles International...
December 14, 1990 | STEVE HARVEY
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 | From Associated Press
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 | From Times Wire Services
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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."
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