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November 1, 2006 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
NASA Administrator Michael D. Griffin gave the go-ahead for a repair mission to the Hubble Space Telescope on Tuesday, declaring the goal of saving one of the space agency's most popular science missions to be worth the risk of a shuttle flight. The mission would launch as early as May 2008, carrying new cameras, batteries and gyroscopes. Hubble is operating on only two of six gyroscopes and battery power is running down.
October 29, 2006 | From Times staff reports
Metrolink riders entering Union Station can anticipate 15- to 30-minute delays over the next three weeks while a signaling system is updated, Metrolink officials said in a letter to riders. The delays are scheduled to begin Monday. The letter said Metrolink is planning to have the signaling system up and running again by Nov. 17. While the signaling system is down, Metrolink switchmen will operate signals and tracks manually.
September 20, 2006 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
NASA delayed today's scheduled landing of the space shuttle Atlantis for at least a day after onboard cameras spotted what looked like a piece of debris drifting away from the spacecraft. "We saw something," said shuttle program manager N. Wayne Hale Jr. at a news briefing Tuesday. "The question is, what is it?" Atlantis' crew will perform a five-hour inspection of the outside of the craft today, using the shuttle's remote arm, which is equipped with a television camera.
September 14, 2006 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
How many astronauts does it take to unscrew a bolt? "Apparently, it takes three. Two outside and one inside," said Pam Melroy of mission control at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Melroy's jest was at the expense of astronauts from the space shuttle Atlantis, who were trying without much success Wednesday to continue installing power-generating solar arrays -- delivered by Atlantis -- on the International Space Station during a spacewalk.
September 2, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A cable car system that stalled and left dozens of people stranded above the East River for about 11 hours in April has reopened with upgrades including new motors, emergency provisions and even toilets. Experts have "gone over this thing with a fine-toothed comb," said Herb Berman, president of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp. The tramway shuttles commuters and tourists between Manhattan and Roosevelt Island.
September 1, 2006 | From Reuters
BP is aiming to restart oil production in the eastern half of Alaska's Prudhoe Bay oil field by the end of September, sources familiar with the company's plans said Thursday. Plans call for a partial restart of a pipeline that connects with the Trans-Alaska Pipeline's Flow Station 1, allowing up to half of the 200,000 barrels a day of lost production to begin flowing again. Prudhoe Bay normally supplies about 400,000 barrels daily, or 8% of U.S.
August 22, 2006 | From the Associated Press
British oil company BP on Monday denied allegations that it manipulated data from inspections of Alaska pipelines that were partly shut down this month because of corrosion problems. The Financial Times reported the Environmental Protection Agency was probing allegations by BP workers that the company manipulated data to avoid replacing pipelines in the Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, oil field.
August 21, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Technicians at Cape Canaveral successfully swapped out two bolts securing a communications antenna on space shuttle Atlantis because engineers thought they were too short. The last-minute change-out wasn't expected to affect the schedule for Atlantis' planned launch next Sunday on a mission to resume construction on the International Space Station.
August 12, 2006 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
Hard by the Beaufort Sea, in 30-degree wind chill and surrounded by an otherworldly tableau of bright orange natural gas flares, caribou herds and wisps of arctic fog, Kemp Copeland wants everyone to know that he's working as fast as he can.
August 9, 2006 | Martin Zimmerman, Richard Simon and Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writers
BP said Tuesday that it had halted about half the output from its Alaska oil operations but hinted that it might stop short of completely shutting production from America's largest oil field as it repairs corroded pipelines. The news came as lawmakers in Washington, outraged by the interruption of a major source of U.S. crude, called for hearings on the BP debacle and pushed for tighter regulation of the nation's pipelines.
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