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.
August 2, 2010 |
A rocket apparently aimed at an Israeli resort on the Red Sea landed Monday near a luxury hotel in neighboring Jordan, killing one person and wounding five others in an attack probably launched by Islamic militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, according to Israeli authorities. Jordanian officials said a rocket struck a road outside the InterContinental Hotel in Aqaba at about 7:45 a.m. local time. The blast killed a taxi driver, set two cars on fire and injured security guards and construction workers.
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...
October 21, 2005 |
A Southland rocket maker founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Elon Musk filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday accusing the nation's two largest defense contractors of monopolizing the rocket launch business. The suit by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. of El Segundo marks the latest move by the fledgling company to wrest government rocket work from Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. Musk, who co-founded and then sold Internet-payment company PayPal Inc. to EBay Inc. for $1.
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.