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October 19, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Two spacewalking astronauts wrapped up construction work outside the international space station, then fired up their jet packs and cruised around. Jeff Wisoff and Michael Lopez-Alegria took turns jetting over and around space shuttle Discovery's payload bay to test the small nitrogen-powered rocket backpack that could someday save an astronaut's life. They were on a leash the whole time. But it was a loose leash. NASA insisted the spacewalkers be tethered for the jet pack demonstration.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2014 | By Joe Mozingo
Wearing a nitrogen-powered jet pack, Dale Gardner stepped from the space shuttle, alone and untethered, 224 miles above Earth. Armed with a 5-foot probe called a stinger, Gardner drifted toward a wayward satellite, the Westar 6, which was spinning slowly, 35 feet away. When he got close enough Gardner inserted the stinger into the orbiter's spent rocket nozzle and brought it to a halt. "I got it," he exclaimed. The mission to salvage the Westar and another communications satellite, the Palapa B-2, in November 1984 marked a high point of the space shuttle program, feeding a growing sense of NASA's infallibility that would end just a year later, when the Challenger exploded just after launch over Florida.
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NEWS
September 17, 1994 | From Associated Press
Two jet-propelled astronauts unhooked their lifelines from the space shuttle Discovery on Friday and flew free 150 miles above Earth in the first untethered spacewalks in 10 years. Mark Lee and Carl Meade had only one jet pack between them and took turns flying with the one-of-a-kind, $7-million unit. The jet pack is meant to be a life preserver for space station crews of the future.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
For workers on the East Coast, it might finally be time to invest in that jet pack. It's either that or spend an hour or more getting to work, as new data show many commuters in New York, Maryland and New Jersey do every day. Although just 8.1% of U.S. workers take 60 minutes or longer to get to work, a whopping 16.2% of people who live in New York state commute for an hour or longer each day -- one way. In Maryland, 14.8% of workers take an...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2014 | By Joe Mozingo
Wearing a nitrogen-powered jet pack, Dale Gardner stepped from the space shuttle, alone and untethered, 224 miles above Earth. Armed with a 5-foot probe called a stinger, Gardner drifted toward a wayward satellite, the Westar 6, which was spinning slowly, 35 feet away. When he got close enough Gardner inserted the stinger into the orbiter's spent rocket nozzle and brought it to a halt. "I got it," he exclaimed. The mission to salvage the Westar and another communications satellite, the Palapa B-2, in November 1984 marked a high point of the space shuttle program, feeding a growing sense of NASA's infallibility that would end just a year later, when the Challenger exploded just after launch over Florida.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 1991
The Rocketeer's jet pack never seems to burn him. Are we to believe that, with all that fire coming from the jet pack, the Rocketeer doesn't get burned? CHARLES W. LeCOMPTE Santa Barbara
NEWS
September 19, 1994 | From Times Wire Services
With their mission accomplished, Discovery's six astronauts looked forward to coming home today and taking their first showers in a week and a half. They may have to wait. Stormy weather was forecast for Kennedy Space Center at 11:23 a.m. PDT, the time of the scheduled landing. NASA could send the shuttle to Edwards Air Force Base in California later in the day. The astronauts have a second landing opportunity in Florida at 12:55 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Asheville, N.C. — They stand four rows deep in the movie theater parking lot, men in leather motorcycle jackets and women in tank tops and tattoos and teenage boys wielding cellphone cameras. They look toward the sky, in part as a symbolic gesture — because heaven is the only place, really, that one should look when a film divinity like Chuck Norris is so near — but also because that's where the man with the jet pack is hovering. The crowd has gathered on this warm April weekend in Asheville, N.C., for a stunt show at ActionFest, the world's first — and, one can presume, only — "film festival with a body count."
BUSINESS
March 5, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
For workers on the East Coast, it might finally be time to invest in that jet pack. It's either that or spend an hour or more getting to work, as new data show many commuters in New York, Maryland and New Jersey do every day. Although just 8.1% of U.S. workers take 60 minutes or longer to get to work, a whopping 16.2% of people who live in New York state commute for an hour or longer each day -- one way. In Maryland, 14.8% of workers take an...
HOME & GARDEN
July 14, 2012 | Chris Erskine
Like Charlie Sheen, I have no explanation for the things I do lately, other than they are on a whim and keep you guessing. Last week, I Dark Knighted across Newport Harbor with the equivalent of a Jet Ski on my back. Eventually I splashed down in a puddle of my own juices. Well done. This week, I am back at my Walden Pond (the Pacific Ocean), building sand castles with one of the best in the business, Greg LeBon, who has collected all sorts of awards that you didn't even know existed.
HOME & GARDEN
July 14, 2012 | Chris Erskine
Like Charlie Sheen, I have no explanation for the things I do lately, other than they are on a whim and keep you guessing. Last week, I Dark Knighted across Newport Harbor with the equivalent of a Jet Ski on my back. Eventually I splashed down in a puddle of my own juices. Well done. This week, I am back at my Walden Pond (the Pacific Ocean), building sand castles with one of the best in the business, Greg LeBon, who has collected all sorts of awards that you didn't even know existed.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Asheville, N.C. — They stand four rows deep in the movie theater parking lot, men in leather motorcycle jackets and women in tank tops and tattoos and teenage boys wielding cellphone cameras. They look toward the sky, in part as a symbolic gesture — because heaven is the only place, really, that one should look when a film divinity like Chuck Norris is so near — but also because that's where the man with the jet pack is hovering. The crowd has gathered on this warm April weekend in Asheville, N.C., for a stunt show at ActionFest, the world's first — and, one can presume, only — "film festival with a body count."
NEWS
October 19, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Two spacewalking astronauts wrapped up construction work outside the international space station, then fired up their jet packs and cruised around. Jeff Wisoff and Michael Lopez-Alegria took turns jetting over and around space shuttle Discovery's payload bay to test the small nitrogen-powered rocket backpack that could someday save an astronaut's life. They were on a leash the whole time. But it was a loose leash. NASA insisted the spacewalkers be tethered for the jet pack demonstration.
NEWS
September 19, 1994 | From Times Wire Services
With their mission accomplished, Discovery's six astronauts looked forward to coming home today and taking their first showers in a week and a half. They may have to wait. Stormy weather was forecast for Kennedy Space Center at 11:23 a.m. PDT, the time of the scheduled landing. NASA could send the shuttle to Edwards Air Force Base in California later in the day. The astronauts have a second landing opportunity in Florida at 12:55 p.m.
NEWS
September 17, 1994 | From Associated Press
Two jet-propelled astronauts unhooked their lifelines from the space shuttle Discovery on Friday and flew free 150 miles above Earth in the first untethered spacewalks in 10 years. Mark Lee and Carl Meade had only one jet pack between them and took turns flying with the one-of-a-kind, $7-million unit. The jet pack is meant to be a life preserver for space station crews of the future.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 1991
The Rocketeer's jet pack never seems to burn him. Are we to believe that, with all that fire coming from the jet pack, the Rocketeer doesn't get burned? CHARLES W. LeCOMPTE Santa Barbara
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2008 | Geoff Boucher; Chris Lee; Mark Olsen; Rachel Abramowitz; Scott Timberg; Patrick Day; Kenneth Turan
The 25 best L.A. films of the last 25 years "Los ANGELES isn't a real city," people have said, "it just plays one on camera." It was a clever line once upon a time, but all that has changed. Los Angeles is the most complicated community in America -- make no mistake, it is a community -- and over the last 25 years, it has been both celebrated and savaged on the big screen with amazing efficacy. Damaged souls and flawless weather, canyon love and beach city menace, homeboys and credit card girls, freeways and fedoras, power lines and palm trees . . . again and again, moviegoers all over the world have sat in the dark and stared up at our Los Angeles, even if it was one populated by corrupt cops or a jabbering cartoon rabbit.
TRAVEL
April 19, 1987
In Jerry Hulse's March 22 Travel Tips column foreign currency was mentioned. He indicated two companies which deal in foreign currency in Los Angeles. Security Pacific National Bank and its branch network can also assist in the purchase and sale of foreign currency. Of particular interest to your readers may be Security Pacific's Jet Pack, a handy package of about $50 in foreign bank notes and coin. Included are monetary conversion tables, airport-to-city distances, tipping guidelines, addresses of the U.S. Consulate and American Chamber of Commerce, weather information.
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