October 25, 1995 |
A $20-million rocket carrying a satellite for scientific experiments in space exploded about 45 seconds after liftoff, leaving its builders wondering what went wrong. The five-story, commercially designed Conestoga rocket veered out of control and plunged into the Atlantic about 12 miles off the coast. It was launched Monday from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility.
January 19, 1999 |
One of NASA's most technologically ambitious space projects, an eventual replacement of the space shuttle, has suffered a critical setback that could push back a test flight of the experimental vehicle an additional seven months, Lockheed Martin Corp. executives confirmed Monday. The $1.2-billion development of the X-33 rocket plane, overseen by Lockheed Martin's secretive Skunk Works plant in Palmdale, jumped off track Dec. 22 in a manufacturing snafu at the defense firm's Sunnyvale, Calif.
July 14, 1987
A redesigned rocket booster joint for the space shuttle is less reliable than the one that caused the Challenger explosion, Roger M. Boisjoly told the National Society of Professional Engineers in Denver. Boisjoly, who is now on long-term disability leave, was an engineer with Morton Thiokol Inc. and worked on the design of the rocket booster that failed. He and another engineer urged officials not to go forward with the Jan. 28, 1986, Challenger launch, but the launch was approved.
December 31, 1988 |
Several Soviet-made Katyusha rockets were fired from southern Lebanon at Jewish settlements in Israel's northern Galilee, an army spokesman said Friday. The rockets, fired Thursday night, did not cause any damage or injuries, the spokesman said. In Beirut, the pro-Syrian Shia Muslim Amal militia said it fired the rockets in retaliation for an Israeli helicopter raid on an Amal base in Lebanon earlier on Thursday.
November 5, 2012 |
Hard to pay, harder to guard Ah, the power of financial resources. The Houston Rockets went from a basketball nobody to a possible player in the Western Conference by sending a Brink's truck filled with cash to the home of James Harden . Harden's five-year, $80-million contract extension with the Rockets was one budget-conscious Oklahoma City could not match, which Thunder General Manager Sam Presti made clear as far back as July when he...
July 25, 2007 |
Assailants fired four rockets into a city in northwestern Pakistan before dawn today, killing at least 10 people and wounding 35, police said. The rockets hit two houses, a mosque and a shop in Bannu, a troubled city in North-West Frontier Province, said Khwaja Mohammed, a city police official. Mohammed said five police officers were among the wounded. Mohammed described the attack as "terrorist activity" but said it was too early to say more about who was behind it.
July 20, 2000 |
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has offered to abandon his country's rocket program if other states supply him with rockets to explore space, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin said in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. The United States, which says North Korea is developing missiles that could be aimed at Washington, reacted with skepticism.
April 19, 1987 |
The Houston Rockets, deemed the team of the future after last season's dethroning of the Lakers, took the big plunge this season. They went from 14 victories in 1983 to a club-record 51 last season. This season, following a year in which they lost to the Boston Celtics in the NBA finals, they endured one controversy after another. "Last year, everything fell into place," Rockets guard Robert Reid said. "Those are things of the past for now. We've gone through a season of losing people.
July 27, 1988
Rocket salvos fired into Kabul by Afghan rebels during the past week have killed at least 50 people and damaged the U.S. and French embassies in the fiercest barrage to hit the Afghan capital in four years, Western diplomats in New Delhi said. They also quoted a "reliable diplomat" as saying that 15 to 20 Soviet soldiers were killed in a July 18 guerrilla ambush in Logar province, about 20 miles south of Kabul.
October 1, 1997 |
Despite pressure from public officials to expand its operations in Southern California,Boeing Co. said it will build its new Delta IV rocket manufacturing plant in Decatur, Ala. The giant Seattle aerospace company said it chose the site for its 2-million-square-foot plant, which will employ up to 3,000 workers, because it was the most cost-effective. The new plant will build the common booster core for the latest version of the Delta rockets in a competition for the $1.