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August 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
NASA awarded a contract worth as much as $1.13 billion to Boeing Co. to build a key part of its rocket system to send astronauts back to the moon. The Chicago-based aerospace giant, which had worked on every NASA manned spaceship, had been shut out of three earlier large contracts for NASA's new spaceship. The contract is to build the Ares I upper stage of the rocket, which would take astronauts on a short but crucial second phase of their trip to the moon.
August 26, 2007 | Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writer
Thirty-five Southern California science-loving teachers had stratospheric hopes on Saturday: to follow in the footsteps of Barbara Morgan, the first teacher to complete a mission in space, by learning how to apply in their classrooms what she did during her two weeks in orbit. But instead of traveling to space, the teachers, from grades kindergarten through 12, gathered at the NASA Dryden Education Center in Palmdale, coming from as far as San Diego.
August 7, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A computer sabotaged by a disgruntled worker of a NASA supplier has been repaired and loaded aboard the space shuttle Endeavour for Wednesday's liftoff. Space shuttle program manager Wayne Hale said that it was apparently an isolated event and that there was no reason to believe anyone had tampered with anything else on the spacecraft. "We have found no other areas of concern," Hale said at Cape Canaveral. "We have thoroughly reviewed all the parts made by that contractor."
August 6, 2007 | Amber Dance, Times Staff Writer
When NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander rocketed into space Saturday, it went, like all missions, with the assurance that as few Earth microbes as possible tagged along for the ride. Hitchhiking microbes could impair the experiments, or worse -- an errant microbe could contaminate the planet. Keeping the spacecraft sterile was the job of an obscure but crucial part of NASA known as the Planetary Protection unit.
August 3, 2007 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
The search for life on other worlds can be boiled down to a simple maxim: Follow the water. Life, at least the carbonaceous form we are familiar with, loves water. Now, for the first time, NASA is about to land a spacecraft in a place on another planet where scientists are confident water exists. The Phoenix Mars lander is set to blast off from Cape Canaveral early Saturday for a journey to near the Martian north pole.
August 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A week before Endeavour's planned liftoff, NASA was searching for the source of an air leak on the space shuttle. The leak was detected over the weekend at Cape Canaveral. NASA thought it fixed the problem by tightening a loose bolt, but new tests showed that air was still escaping from the crew cabin, a spokeswoman said.
July 28, 2007 | Alan Zarembo, Times Staff Writer
NASA officials vowed Friday to investigate reports that astronauts were drunk before missions on at least two occasions. But several former astronauts questioned the claims, saying they were too closely monitored for anyone to risk breaking the rules on drinking before a flight. "I didn't see any use of alcohol that infringed safety," said Tom Jones, who served on four shuttle missions before retiring in 2001. "I didn't see any flight surgeons who would have hesitated to blow the whistle."
July 27, 2007 | Alan Zarembo, Times Staff Writer
A computer scheduled to be delivered to the International Space Station next month was sabotaged, possibly by a worker at a Texas subcontractor's plant, although NASA officials said Thursday that the damage would have posed no danger to the station. Several wires were cut inside the briefcase-sized unit and two identical devices, said Edmund Memi, a spokesman for Boeing Co., the main contractor for the space station.
July 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Two top NASA officials, including the man in charge of developing new spacecraft for future missions to the moon and Mars, plan to leave the space agency, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Former astronaut Scott "Doc" Horowitz, who heads NASA's exploration systems mission directorate, will leave by October. Associate administrator Rex Geveden will leave at the end of this month.
July 13, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
NASA awarded a contract worth as much as $561 million to a unit of construction services company Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. to provide facility operation services at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Jacobs Technology Inc. won the 10-year deal, which has a three-year base and seven potential one-year options.
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