April 15, 1993 |
In 1966, a young writer approached various British publishers with an idea for a book on wine. They laughed in his face. "When I asked for a modest advance," Hugh Johnson recalls with a wry smile, "they all turned me down. Finally, one British publisher, Mitchell Beazley, took me on, then Simon & Schuster in the U.S. bought it--and it's still in print." Simply titled "Wine" and written in a straightforward yet evocative style, the book demystified what was then an elitist subject.
July 24, 1990 |
The launch of an Atlas 1 rocket carrying a $189-million science satellite to study Earth's invisible magnetic field has been postponed again until Wednesday, officials said today. General Dynamics Corp., the rocket's builder, had hoped to launch the rocket this afternoon but delayed the launch until 3:21 p.m. EDT Wednesday at the earliest while engineers replace a faulty switch, a NASA spokeswoman said.
July 23, 1990 |
The threat of severe thunderstorms forced another postponement Sunday of the launch of a newly repaired Atlas rocket with a government satellite aboard. The first launch attempt, on Friday, was called off because of a helium leak, but the part that caused the problem has been replaced, officials said. "There's nothing wrong with the vehicle. There's nothing wrong with the payload," NASA spokesman Bruce Buckingham said Sunday. "But the weather is just going to get worse and worse."
December 5, 1986 |
A powerful rocket propelled a $125-million military communications satellite into orbit Thursday night as NASA chalked up a fourth straight U.S. space launch success and continued its rebound from a disastrous 1986 start. The 137-foot-tall Atlas-Centaur rocket blasted away from its launch pad at 6:30 p.m. and carved a fiery path as it hoisted a payload designed to link land, sea and air forces with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the National Command Authority and the President.
April 12, 1987 |
NASA formally gave General Dynamics permission to market and launch the company's Atlas-Centaur rockets on a commercial basis in a move aimed at spurring the rebirth of a private-sector launch industry, officials said Friday.
January 14, 1990 |
Dawn broke over the red city of Marrakech as my traveling companion, Phyllis, and I left Marrakech to travel south across the High Atlas Mountains to Ouarzazate, then northeast along the route of the casbahs to Khenifra, Meknes and Fes. Sunburned houses flat as Moroccan bread, burdened donkeys, sheep nibbling the winter-green grass and the domed shrines of Berber saints loomed ahead. We rented a car and hired a driver; the total cost came to half the price of a tour bus.
April 6, 1999
Jazz legend Anita O'Day will begin a weekly series of performances at Atlas supper club, adjacent to the Wiltern Theatre, 3760 Wilshire Blvd., beginning tonight. O'Day, sidelined by illness two years ago, has now resumed her career. O'Day will perform sets intermittently beginning at 8 p.m. each Tuesday at Atlas as she prepares for a headline concert at the JVC Jazz Festival at New York's Avery Fisher Hall on June 2. O'Day, who will celebrate her 80th birthday Oct.
July 28, 2005 |
Scientists at the Nevada Test Site said they generated a current equal to about four times all the electrical power on Earth. The current, which created pressures in materials millions of times greater than normal, was part of an experiment to better understand nuclear weapons. The experiment was conducted at the test site's Atlas pulsed-power facility by scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory.
May 4, 1988 |
General Dynamics' space systems division was awarded a contract by the Air Force on Tuesday to build 11 Atlas rockets to launch the new Defense Satellite Communications System and another defense satellite. According to an Air Force announcement, the contract is expected to create 900 new jobs during the next year, 700 of them in San Diego, where the General Dynamics division is based.
December 5, 1986 |
Seeking a fourth straight U.S. space launch success and continued rebound from a disastrous 1986 start, NASA readied an Atlas-Centaur rocket Thursday night for an after-dark launch of a $125-million military communications satellite. The countdown that began during the morning, aiming for liftoff of the two-stage, 137-foot-tall booster at 6:04 p.m., was put on hold five minutes before scheduled launch time, officials said.