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August 18, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Three NASA advisors who spoke out against budget cuts to the space agency's science programs turned in their resignations this week, officials said Thursday. Wesley Huntress, Charles Kennel and Eugene Levy served on the NASA Advisory Council's science committee. Kennel resigned by choice; Huntress and Levy were asked to leave by NASA Administrator Michael D. Griffin.
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July 28, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
NASA is considering shutting down its research programs aboard the International Space Station for at least a year because of a projected budget shortfall of up to $100 million, said a top station manager at Cape Canaveral. Space station research was already slashed to about $200 million last year to help NASA pay for Hurricane Katrina losses and cost overruns in the space shuttle program. Less than $100 million had been requested for station research for the year beginning Oct. 1.
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July 18, 2006 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
The space shuttle Discovery roared out of a gray sky Monday and safely landed at Kennedy Space Center, concluding a 13-day mission that clears the way for resuming construction of the International Space Station. NASA officials said the successful mission showed that the shuttle program was "back on track" after setbacks that began with the loss of the shuttle Columbia in 2003 and continued with last year's problem-plagued shuttle mission.
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July 16, 2006 | Michael Cabbage, Orlando Sentinel
The shuttle Discovery left the International Space Station on Saturday en route to a planned homecoming Monday at the Kennedy Space Center. With Navy Cmdr. Mark Kelly piloting, the shuttle and its crew of six undocked from the station as the spacecraft flew 210 miles above the Pacific Ocean north of New Zealand. Kelly slowly eased the shuttle away before firing steering jets to separate the ships.
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July 11, 2006 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
Two astronauts from the shuttle Discovery completed a nearly seven-hour-long spacewalk Monday, installing new equipment and completing crucial maintenance work to the International Space Station that clears the way for NASA to resume construction of the station late this summer. Astronauts Piers Sellers and Michael E.
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July 9, 2006 | Michael Cabbage, Orlando Sentinel
Two spacewalkers bounced around on the end of a "skinny little pole" 210 miles above Earth on Saturday in a daring test for future shuttle repairs. Astronauts Piers J. Sellers and Michael E. Fossum spent 7 1/2 hours outside shuttle Discovery on the fourth day of the ship's visit to the International Space Station.
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July 8, 2006 | Karen Kaplan, Times Staff Writer
After analyzing the shuttle's energy consumption, NASA officials on Friday decided to extend Discovery's mission by an extra day and add a third spacewalk to the astronauts' itinerary. Astronauts Piers J. Sellers and Michael E. Fossum will use the extra spacewalk Wednesday to practice making repairs to the carbon material that protects the shuttle's nose cone and the leading edge of the wings from extreme heat, said John Shannon, deputy shuttle program manager.
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July 7, 2006 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
The crew of the shuttle Discovery successfully docked with the International Space Station on Thursday and prepared for a "focused inspection" today of several potential problem areas that have cropped up. NASA officials kept open the possibility of a spacewalk later in the mission to remove two bulging gap fillers -- spacers placed between the shuttle's heat-resistant tiles. NASA managers continued to portray the mission and the health of the shuttle in glowing terms.
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July 5, 2006 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
Despite lingering concerns about insulating foam falling from the shuttle's external fuel tank, NASA set off the biggest fireworks display of all Tuesday, successfully launching Discovery and its seven astronauts on a mission to the International Space Station. "I can't think of a better place to be on the Fourth of July," shuttle Cmdr. Steven Lindsey said minutes before launch. "We hope to give you an up close and personal look at the rocket's red glare." Discovery blasted off at 11:38 a.m.
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July 4, 2006 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
NASA officials decided to attempt an Independence Day launch of the space shuttle despite the discovery of a piece of broken foam from the shuttle's 15-story-tall external fuel tank. An inspection of the damaged area "showed the foam is acceptable and ready to go fly," said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for space operations, after a lengthy meeting with mission managers.
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