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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1999 | BONNIE HARRIS and LOUISE ROUG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Rushing to repair a water main before more than 700,000 people run out of water, Orange County officials said Wednesday that they were gratified by the swift response to a plea for conservation. Water officials continue to seek the cause of the Monday rupture and said they may consider a costly retrofitting operation to reinforce 170 miles of prestressed concrete pipe around Southern California prone to similar breaks.
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SCIENCE
August 4, 2005 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
The crew of the space shuttle Discovery resolved one problem Wednesday with protruding "gap fillers" during a first-ever spacewalk under the craft, only to face yet another potential danger in a "poofed-out" insulation blanket under a cockpit window.
SCIENCE
August 7, 2005 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
With hugs, handshakes and the traditional tolling of a farewell bell, the shuttle Discovery's astronauts said goodbye Saturday to their comrades on the International Space Station and fired thrusters to send their fragile spacecraft back to Earth. Discovery Commander Eileen Collins thanked the station crew, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev and American astronaut John Phillips, for "memories that will last forever."
SCIENCE
May 28, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Space shuttle Discovery completed a nearly 10-hour trek back to the hangar Thursday to have a new and safer fuel tank installed, along with a heater to prevent a dangerous buildup of ice on its surface. The spacecraft is being readied for liftoff in mid-July on the first shuttle flight since the Columbia disaster over two years ago.
NATIONAL
August 13, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
NASA said it has discovered more cracked equipment, this time in the massive 1960s-vintage movers used to haul space shuttles to the launch pads. Technicians at Cape Canaveral had just finished fixing fuel-line cracks inside the shuttle Atlantis. The newest cracks are in the bearings of the Apollo-era crawlers and could mean more launch delays. Three small cracks in Atlantis' plumbing were fixed, putting the shuttle on track for a launch as early as Sept. 28.
NATIONAL
August 3, 2002 | From Reuters
NASA will begin repairs to cracked fuel lines on its grounded fleet of space shuttles next week and may be able to launch a mission as early as Sept. 28, the U.S. space agency said Friday. But the wait will be even longer for Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon, who had been scheduled for a 16-day science mission in mid-July along with six U.S. astronauts on the shuttle Columbia.
SCIENCE
August 4, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
NASA has delayed next week's launch of space shuttle Endeavour by one day because of unexpected work to fix a leak in the crew cabin, officials said Friday. Liftoff is now set for Wednesday. Engineers installed a new valve Thursday to replace a leaky one in the crew cabin, and although the unit tested fine, there was not enough time to meet a Tuesday launch, NASA said.
SCIENCE
August 11, 2007 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
NASA officials said Friday that the space shuttle Endeavour sustained damage to its protective tiles during this week's launch, but they won't know until Sunday at the earliest whether the damage will require an in-space repair job. Mission Management Team Chairman John Shannon said several heat-resistant tiles on the orbiter's underside were nicked. The most serious divot was a 3-inch-square gap near the landing gear door that might reach down to Endeavour's thin aluminum skin, he said.
SCIENCE
August 16, 2007 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
NASA was leaning against repairing damage to Endeavour's heat shield after lab tests and engineering analyses indicated the shuttle could safely fly home next week, officials said Wednesday. Shuttle deputy program manager John Shannon said mission managers would wait for one last heat test before making a final decision today. "We're pondering.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Water officials are requesting that residents and businesses in several cities reduce water use this week as upgrades are performed to the Rialto feeder pipeline. Officials have shut down the pipeline, a large source of water for Inland residents, through Sunday. Those in Chino, Chino Hills, Fontana, Montclair and Ontario are asked to limit their water usage while the pipe is being repaired.
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