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August 21, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
In the first week of September, Shane Salerno and David Shields' massive biography "Salinger" will go on sale, and before the week is out, the documentary "Salinger," written and directed by Salerno, will open in more than 200 theaters. When it comes to documentaries, that's huge -- it's being positioned to be an art-house blockbuster. So the teasers are coming. An exclusive USA Today preview Wednesday showcased a never-before-seen photograph of Salinger in uniform with three counterintelligence buddies after the invasion of Normandy.
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April 18, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan and Andrea Chang
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday and sped through a cloud-covered sky on its way to deliver supplies to the International Space Station for NASA. The Hawthorne-based rocket manufacturer launched the cargo mission despite a computer glitch aboard the space station and bad weather that threatened to push the liftoff back a day. Promptly at 12:25 p.m. PDT, the rocket fired up its nine engines and launched into orbit, carrying a capsule packed with 5,000 pounds of supplies for the two American, one Japanese and three Russian astronauts aboard the space station.
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April 18, 2009
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August 21, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
In the first week of September, Shane Salerno and David Shields' massive biography "Salinger" will go on sale, and before the week is out, the documentary "Salinger," written and directed by Salerno, will open in more than 200 theaters. When it comes to documentaries, that's huge -- it's being positioned to be an art-house blockbuster. So the teasers are coming. An exclusive USA Today preview Wednesday showcased a never-before-seen photograph of Salinger in uniform with three counterintelligence buddies after the invasion of Normandy.
NATIONAL
February 5, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Seven astronauts returned to NASA's launch site at Cape Canaveral to take a new shot at flying space shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station. Liftoff is set for Thursday afternoon, with NASA wrapping up a last repair involving a radiator hose. The mission was waylaid in December by erratic fuel gauges. Atlantis is scheduled to carry the European Space Agency's science lab, Columbus, to the orbiting outpost.
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May 4, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Space shuttle Discovery reached its launchpad in Cape Canaveral in preparation for a May 31 liftoff to place a huge Japanese research complex on the International Space Station. With the shuttle in position, NASA will soon hold a practice launch countdown with the seven-member crew. The mission is the third of five planned for this year. NASA has 10 shuttle flights remaining to the $100-billion space station before the fleet is to be retired in 2010.
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November 4, 1998 | DIANE WEDNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As people across the nation sat riveted to their television sets last week watching John Glenn and his fellow Discovery astronauts blast off on their nine-day space adventure, two lucky Saugus students, accompanied by their Rio Vista Elementary School teacher and assistant principal, got to observe the event up close and personal.
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August 24, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
NASA cleared space shuttle Discovery for liftoff Tuesday, and the weather looks promising as long as thunderstorms stay away from Cape Canaveral during fueling. Managers decided that Discovery is in good shape to fly to the International Space Station. A power controller issue -- one had to be replaced a week ago in the shuttle -- did not stand in the way of the launch. Forecasters said there was an 80% chance the weather would cooperate for Discovery's 1:36 a.m. liftoff. That's better than previous forecasts.
NEWS
April 28, 1989 | From Associated Press
NASA scrubbed the launch of its shuttle Atlantis today, just 31 seconds from liftoff. On board when the postponement was announced were five astronauts and the state-of-the-art Magellan space probe, designed for a 15-month map-making voyage to Venus. NASA said it would probably be several hours before they could explain today's launch problem and announce a new launch date. NASA had only a 23-minute launch window for the day, and spokesman Hugh Harris said there was not time to explore the problem and attempt a launch later today.
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May 5, 1985 | STEVE HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. balloon Benihana shot into space in the most spectacular liftoff of the Gordon Bennett International Cup race Saturday, the only problem being that no one was aboard. Crew members George Hahn and Milt Clark were hanging from ropes over the gondola, trying to keep the helium craft on the ground, but they dropped off as it rose. Then, like a horse without a jockey, the stubborn white balloon took off on a race of its own, landing about two hours later.
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September 21, 2012 | Kate Mather and Ann M. Simmons
With anticipation building for the space shuttle Endeavour's Southern California flyover, NASA officials are postponing the takeoff by one hour Friday morning because of fog in San Francisco. The delay will "give us a better chance of having the fog burn off," NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center said in a tweet. The new schedule calls for Endeavour to take off from Edwards Air Force Base in northern Los Angeles County at 8:15 a.m. instead of 7:15 a.m. That means Endeavour would fly over the Capitol in Sacramento at about 9:30 a.m. instead of 8:30 a.m., before flying over San Francisco and Monterey.
WORLD
April 13, 2012 | By Barbara Demick and Jung-yoon Choi, Los Angeles Times
SEOUL — North Korea failed in its much-hyped effort to launch a satellite into space Friday, undercutting its claims to be a "strong and prosperous" nation on the centennial of founder Kim Il Sung's birth. After weeks of boasting by the country, the missile launched at 7:39 a.m. on a sunny, wind-free morning from a base near the west coast city of Sinuiju. U.S. and South Korean intelligence reports say the rocket quickly broke up and splashed into the Yellow Sea. "The missile traveled one to two minutes and broke apart in the air. It broke into 20 separate pieces," Shin Won-shik, a South Korean Defense Ministry official, said at a briefing Friday morning.
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November 25, 2011 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
The spacetweeps were full of Thai food and beer when they finally rolled back to Gale House, nearing the end of a pretty good day on Earth. There had been bonding. There had been tweeting. There had been space, lots and lots of space. "#spacetweeps and #NASAtweetup headed back to #GaleHouse now," they tweeted. "ETA 10 mins. If you're there we'll be there soon. " Seven women and two men, most in their 20s and 30s, were sharing this three-bedroom vacation rental overlooking a canal on Merritt Island some 15 minutes south of the Kennedy Space Center.
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August 6, 2011 | By Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
NASA's spacecraft Juno lifted off Friday in an incandescent arc over the Atlantic Ocean, the start of a five-year, 1.7-billion mile trip to Jupiter that scientists believe will unlock some of the secrets behind the origin of the solar system. NASA's spacecraft Juno lifted off Friday in an incandescent arc over the Atlantic Ocean, the start of a five-year, 1.7-billion mile trip to Jupiter that scientists believe will unlock some of the secrets behind the origin of the solar system.
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July 8, 2011 | By Ralph Vartabedian and W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Space shuttle Atlantis rumbled like a freight train into orbit Friday in its historic last flight, lighting up a slate gray Florida sky that reflected the deep doubts about the future of the U.S. human space flight program. The orbiter disappeared into dense clouds just 20 seconds after lifting off from the Kennedy Space Center, leaving crowds who flocked to the region craning to get a final glimpse of the iconic spacecraft. Storms across the Gulf of Mexico had threatened to delay the launch, but the skies miraculously cleared Friday morning and set up the conditions for a perfect launch for the 30-year-old program.
NATIONAL
April 28, 2011 | By Mark K. Matthews
Days before Friday's planned launch of space shuttle Endeavour, officials at Kennedy Space Center in Florida are bracing for monster crowds and the logistical nightmares expected to accompany a presidential visit to watch the second-to-last flight of the shuttle fleet. Chief among their concerns — other than a safe flight — is the arrival of President Obama, his wife, Michelle, and their daughters Malia and Sasha. The Obamas are expected to be joined by wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.)
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July 30, 1985 | ROBERT A. JONES, Times Staff Writer
One of the space shuttle Challenger's engines suddenly died after liftoff Monday but the spacecraft was able to achieve a low orbit, and space agency officials made a preliminary decision to keep the crew aloft for the planned stay of seven days. It was the first time in 19 shuttle missions that an engine had failed after liftoff. Jesse M. Moore, director of the shuttle program, said at a press conference after the launching, "We are safely in orbit. The crew is doing fine.
WORLD
August 20, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A technical glitch forced South Korea to abort liftoff of its first rocket into space. The launch was called off less than eight minutes before the scheduled liftoff, senior Science Ministry official Lee Sang-mok said. The two-stage rocket, built with Russian help, would have been South Korea's first satellite launch from its own territory. Scientists believed another attempt could be made within days, Lee said. He said a high-pressure tank in the launch vehicle might have been the problem.
NATIONAL
August 30, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Space shuttle Discovery's seven astronauts are steering closer to the International Space Station in preparation for their linkup. The shuttle will dock at the station tonight. After firing an engine Saturday afternoon to close the gap, the astronauts got ready to inspect their spaceship for signs of launch damage. NASA said it observed no fuel tank debris hitting the shuttle during Friday's midnight liftoff. But the shuttle's most vulnerable areas -- the wings and nose -- still need to be checked with lasers and cameras on a boom attached to the robot arm.
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