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May 24, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
While orbiting Earth at about 17,000 mph, SpaceX's Dragon capsule Thursday came within 1.5 miles of the International Space Station in preparation for its historic hookup scheduled for later this week. The fly-by, confirmed by NASA in its webcast , is a crucial step for the company, officially known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp., and its goal of becoming the world's first private firm to dock a craft with the space station. The Dragon's onboard sensors and flight systems are now undergoing a series of tests to determine whether the vehicle is ready to berth with the space station.
August 24, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
A 330-pound humanoid robot has been electronically awakened aboard the International Space Station, beginning its life as an astronaut's assistant. The robot named Robonaut 2, or R2, will help with routine tasks such as holding tools and vacuuming air filters. The robot was sent up on the space shuttle Discovery in February, but it wasn't powered up until this week. Clad in a gold helmet with a shiny metallic visor, R2 has a torso, two arms and two five-fingered hands. For now, it sits on a fixed pedestal inside the space station.
December 11, 2013 | By Amina Khan, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A cooling system failure aboard the International Space Station may require a spacewalk, NASA officials said Wednesday. One of two ammonia cooling loops on the station's exterior shut down Wednesday morning, NASA spokeswoman Brandi Dean said. “You need the cooling in space because heat doesn't dissipate like it does on the ground,” she said. Authorities think that an excess of ammonia triggered a safeguard to shut the loop down. [Update, 9:05 p.m. Dec. 11: NASA's Johnson Space Center used Twitter to update followers on the situation.
May 10, 2012 | By Mark K. Matthews, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - After more than 12 years and at least $100 billion in construction costs, NASA leaders say the International Space Station finally is ready to bloom into the robust orbiting laboratory that the agency envisioned more than two decades ago. "The ISS has now entered its intensive research phase," said Bill Gerstenmaier, head of NASA operations and human exploration, in recent testimony to Congress in defense of the roughly $1.5 billion...
May 3, 2003 | Nick Anderson and David Holley, Times Staff Writers
While its scientific merits remain debatable and its cost busted budgets years ago, the international space station has proven successful in at least one important mission: as a vehicle for diplomacy. Today, at about 3:40 p.m. PDT, U.S. astronauts Ken Bowersox and Don Pettit and Russian cosmonaut Nikolai Budarin will leave the orbiting station aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule filling in for the grounded U.S. shuttle fleet.
When the $30-billion international space station is completed, it will rank as the most costly single object ever created--surpassing the price tag on any machine, aircraft, computer, weapon, power plant or edifice. It will orbit Earth as a dramatic symbol of human intent to explore the furthest reaches of space, its proponents say. And it will epitomize a new international collaboration between North America, Europe and Asia to jointly conduct big-ticket scientific research.
July 19, 2009 | Reuters
Spacewalking astronauts secured a "front porch" Saturday to the International Space Station that will expose scientific experiments to the cold vacuum of outer space. Lead spacewalker David Wolf and rookie astronaut Timothy Kopra spent about 5 1/2 hours outside the station preparing the Japanese-built platform to be attached to the front of the station's $2.4-billion Kibo laboratory. Then, using a robotic arm, astronauts gingerly drove the 4-ton platform to "hard dock" with the Kibo lab.
November 15, 2008 | Robert Block, Block writes for the Orlando Sentinel.
Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of seven blasted into clear tropical skies under a spectacular moon Friday night, heading for the International Space Station. The mission: extreme interior redecoration, with a little outdoor lighting work. Endeavour rumbled off its launch pad on time, just before 8 p.m. EST. As the engines and rocket boosters illumined Cape Canaveral, night briefly turned into day. The shuttle crew, commanded by Navy Capt. Christopher J.
The prototype of the world's first space ambulance, designed to provide emergency escapes for the crews of the International Space Station after it goes into Earth orbit, made its debut flight Thursday morning. The X-38--a whale-shaped, wingless vehicle with fins that look as if they were inspired by a 1956 Cadillac--is the first new spacecraft to reach the flight testing stage since the space shuttle was developed more than two decades ago.
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