February 18, 2005 |
Former astronaut Frederick D. Gregory is expected to be named NASA's acting chief, a congressional spokesman said Thursday. House Science Committee spokesman Joe Pouliot said Gregory, 64, would become acting administrator to replace NASA chief Sean O'Keefe, who leaves the job today. Gregory, a veteran of three space shuttle flights and a former combat pilot, has been deputy administrator since 2002; it was not immediately clear whether he would be O'Keefe's permanent successor.
May 3, 1985 |
Challenger's fix-it astronauts revived two experiments that had been given up for lost and started the second half of their science mission today with 13 of 15 research instruments in working order. The astronauts, following instructions from the ground, brought a complex cosmic ray detector experiment to life by doing some rewiring and reprogramming. "The crew that launches with broken equipment brings back good equipment," said pilot Frederick D.
November 25, 1991 |
The space shuttle Atlantis lit up the night sky over the central Florida coast Sunday, flaming into the heavens with a six-man crew and a military spy satellite that was later parked in space. The start of the 10-day mission was smooth and spectacular; luminous smoke billowed from the launch pad as the orbiter rocketed out over the Atlantic Ocean in a graceful, fiery arc.
November 30, 1991 |
Atlantis' space scouts said Friday that they can see ships, planes and other military targets surprisingly well from orbit, although better optics could improve their vision. "I'm surprised at what I can see, more than what I expected to," astronaut Mario Runco Jr. said during a news conference. Runco said the crew has been able to pick out large ships and airplanes with the high-powered cameras and binoculars supplied by the Pentagon.
April 19, 2002 |
There's danger ahead for space shuttle astronauts unless Congress pays for long-term upgrades to the aging spaceship fleet, a NASA safety expert said Thursday. "I have never been as concerned for space shuttle safety as I am right now," said Richard D. Blomberg, former chairman of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's aerospace safety advisory panel. The next flight, and perhaps many after that, will be safe, he told the House Science subcommittee on space and aeronautics.
November 26, 1989 |
Discovery's astronauts shut down experiments and checked flight control systems Saturday as they prepared to end their secret military mission with a rare night landing in the California desert. NASA gave no details of the flight, but standard procedure for the day before a landing would call for Commander Frederick D. Gregory and pilot John E. Blaha to run through a series of tests to make certain the shuttle's computers and control jets were ready for the return to Earth.