January 31, 2004 |
NASA allowed reporters to see debris from the space shuttle Columbia in its final resting place Friday, a space that is part shrine and part laboratory. The viewing of the depository here at Cape Canaveral, where the space agency launches its shuttles, took place ahead of the first anniversary of the tragedy on Sunday.
March 12, 2005 |
President Bush on Friday announced his choice of Johns Hopkins University physicist Michael D. Griffin, a strong advocate of robotic and manned space exploration, to become the new head of NASA. If confirmed by the Senate, Griffin -- head of the space department at Johns Hopkins' Applied Physics Laboratory -- would replace Sean O'Keefe, who led the space agency through three tumultuous years that included the triumphant Mars rover missions as well as the Columbia space shuttle disaster.
February 10, 2003 |
The Americans who died aboard the space shuttle Columbia were eligible for the standard life insurance offered to military personnel and federal employees, but NASA carried no special coverage specifically for astronauts, officials say. "There is a limit on what type of benefits the federal government provides," said NASA spokeswoman Eileen Hawley. "We look at this as larger than a monetary issue," she said. "We are committed to helping these families and we have a support network. They are ...
July 23, 2003 |
NASA's top managers for the doomed Columbia space shuttle mission publicly defended their actions for the first time Tuesday, saying that no individual should be blamed personally for the accident because safety was always their top priority. "It goes without saying that we were all trying to do the right thing," Linda Ham, the chairwoman of the team that ran the mission, said in her first public comments on the disaster. "Nobody wanted to do harm to anyone.
January 9, 2004 |
President Bush will unveil a new American space initiative next week that is expected to include building a permanent base on the moon and later sending astronauts to Mars, White House officials said Thursday night. The program, if it gains the political support to move forward, will represent the most ambitious and monumental space initiative since the Apollo program that landed Americans on the moon in 1969.
July 28, 2003 |
Ever since the shuttle accident, rocket engineer Jud Lovingood has spent difficult days wondering whether he could have prevented the tragic deaths of seven astronauts. "When something bad happens, like killing a bunch of people, you just think: 'What could we have done that we didn't do?' " Lovingood said in a recent interview. "I was shocked. I was sick. I could never make an engineering decision that put a life at risk again."