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October 1, 1999 | ROBERT LEE HOTZ, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
NASA lost its $125-million Mars Climate Orbiter because spacecraft engineers failed to convert from English to metric measurements when exchanging vital data before the craft was launched, space agency officials said Thursday.
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March 21, 2010 | By Diane K. Fisher
"Hello, from the children of planet Earth!" Someday, these friendly words might greet beings from another world! No one knows whether life exists anywhere else but Earth. Even if it does, no one knows whether any alien life forms might be intelligent. Or whether they might be advanced enough to have space travel. But, what if . . . ? Let's go back to 1977. The United States launches two robotic spacecraft. Robotic means they have no people in them. The spacecraft are named Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. They are going to explore the outer planets of our solar system.
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NATIONAL
November 27, 2003 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
Vickie Kloeris would like nothing more than to suffer the traditional anxieties of Thanksgiving: Will the turkey be moist? Will the in-laws get along? But it's hard to concentrate on such mundane matters when you've got things on your mind like giving your soup enough viscosity so that it sticks to a spoon without benefit of gravity.
NATIONAL
January 1, 2009 | Associated Press
Late on Christmas Eve, one last wish was sent, by e-mail: Please let NASA Administrator Michael Griffin keep his job. It was from his wife. Rebecca Griffin, who works in marketing, sent her message with the subject line "Campaign for Mike" to friends and family. It asked them to sign an online petition to President-elect Barack Obama "to consider keeping Mike Griffin on as NASA administrator."
BUSINESS
January 16, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
NASA Lifts Suspension of Rockwell Unit: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration lifted the suspension it imposed last November on Rockwell International's Collins Avionics and Communications Division in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The suspension was imposed after Rockwell and two individuals were indicted for overcharging NASA in 1987 and prior years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A plan to build housing, offices and research space for thousands of people on 500 acres at Moffett Field has nearby cities worried about increased traffic congestion and decreased air quality. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which has a 1,000-acre air field there, is about to approve an environmental study that would clear the way to start the project. It would include 1,930 housing units and provide 7,100 jobs.
NATIONAL
January 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A NASA spacecraft will fly by the planet Mercury today, the first visit to the sun's closest neighbor since the 1970s. The space probe Messenger will skim 124 miles above the planet's surface, the first of three passes before it settles into orbit three years from now. Scientists are hoping that what they learn will help them begin to answer lingering questions about the planet's origin, magnetic field and atmosphere, and what that means about...
BUSINESS
December 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Boeing Co., the second-largest U.S. defense contractor, said it was chosen by NASA to build two communications satellites in a contract with a potential value of $1.2 billion. The satellites will be ready for launch in 2012 and 2013, Chicago-based Boeing said. The order is valued at $695 million now and $1.2 billion if all options are exercised.
NATIONAL
December 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
With erratic fuel gauges still a threat, NASA aimed for a launch today of space shuttle Atlantis after senior managers signed off on a plan to tighten flight rules and shoot for a one-minute window. Managers say the precautions will keep Atlantis and its crew of seven as safe as possible if, indeed, the shuttle lifts off with a European lab intended for the International Space Station.
NATIONAL
December 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
NASA delayed the launch of space shuttle Atlantis until at least Sunday as managers debated whether to loosen launch rules to get around fuel gauge problems. Atlantis' countdown was halted Thursday after a pair of gauges at the bottom of the external fuel tank failed a routine test at the launch pad. The delay was especially disappointing for the many visitors from the European Space Agency. Atlantis is supposed to carry a European-built science lab, Columbus, to the International Space Station.
NATIONAL
December 7, 2007 | From the Associated Press
NASA called off Thursday's launch of the space shuttle Atlantis after a pair of fuel gauges in its big external tank failed to work properly, a recurring problem since the 2003 Columbia disaster. Shuttle managers said the next launch attempt would be no earlier than Saturday. Preliminary indications were that the problem might be with an open circuit rather than the gauges themselves -- perhaps a spliced line or a bad connector -- which would be easier to fix.
NATIONAL
October 9, 2007 | Howard Witt, Chicago Tribune
It looks for all the world like someplace out of this world, which is pretty much why NASA scientists and engineers recently journeyed here to a remote volcanic cinder field in northern Arizona.
NEWS
August 9, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Mirrors being built for a $747-million series of weather satellites have been found to warp and become useless in the temperature extremes of space, a NASA official said. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration spokesman said that the flaw was discovered by ITT Aerospace, a subcontractor for the project, and that the planned weather satellites cannot be completed and launched until a solution is found.
NEWS
September 15, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The House approved $28.7 billion in spending for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration over the next two years. The legislation, passed on a 399-17 vote, also sets a cap on development costs for the international space station. The measure moves to renegotiate the space station agreement so that benefits to the 16 participating nations are more in line with actual contributions and so the U.S. shares less of the future operating costs.
SCIENCE
September 28, 2007 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
NASA's Dawn spacecraft launched Thursday on a 3.2-billion-mile journey to the asteroid belt, where scientists hope to find clues to the formation of the solar system. The spacecraft, atop a Delta 2 rocket, took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 4:34 a.m. PDT. "We have our time machine up and flying," said UCLA space physics professor Christopher T. Russell, the lead scientist on the project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
State regulators monitoring cleanup of contaminants at a former nuclear research and rocket engine testing facility near Simi Valley have set new rules and deadlines for the contractor and the two government agencies responsible. In a consent decree issued Aug. 16, the state Department of Toxic Substance Control requires Boeing Corp., owner of the Santa Susana Field Lab; the U.S. Department of Energy; and NASA to submit reports by Nov.
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