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May 29, 2008 |
Ernst Stuhlinger, one of the last surviving German rocket scientists who came to America after World War II and formed the engineering foundation of the nation's space program, died Sunday at his home in Huntsville, Ala. He was 94. Stuhlinger had been in failing health for several months, according to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville.
November 18, 2007 |
The oversized ambitions, secretive military culture and still-impoverished population underpinning China's space program are on full display here at the Xichang space center, the site of last month's moon probe launch. Two beefy People's Liberation Army soldiers stop foreigners from entering the "world-famous" launch center and museum in Sichuan province, even though all the information on display is available on the Internet and China's technology lags behind that of its Western counterparts.
September 14, 2007 |
After a 17-year hiatus between lunar missions, Japan launched an unmanned orbiter today that carries the hopes of a nation looking to claim its place as a serious space power. Taking advantage of a lull in rainy weather, the Kaguya orbiter lifted off from Tanegashima island in southern Japan, propelled by a domestically built H-2A solid-fuel rocket.
July 25, 2007 |
Dishes such as roast pork and stewed duck specially concocted for taikonauts -- a term for astronauts that is based on the Chinese word for space -- will be sold in supermarkets by the end of the year, the official New China News Agency said. The Scientific Research and Training Center for Chinese Astronauts and a Shanghai-based food company have developed more than 60 dishes -- including meat, vegetables, starches and desserts -- for the country's space program.
June 10, 2007 |
It started as a joke. But after a while, Robert H. Lorsch began to think that selling advertising in space wasn't so funny. More than 20 years after his ad agency used maps of the moon and the freeze-dried ice cream favored by astronauts to make pitches to potential clients, the Beverly Hills businessman is still lobbying for the commercialization of space. And his idea might yet get off the ground -- Rep.
December 24, 2006
Re "4th spacewalk wraps up Discovery's to-do list," Dec. 19 I fear the U.S. manned space program is going nowhere. No human has walked on the moon since 1972, when astronaut Gene Cernan climbed back into his spacecraft and declared that humans, "God willing ... shall return." What has happened to NASA's technological mastery of human spaceflight? The space shuttle is flawed, and the International Space Station was a mistake. If President Bush were a true space enthusiast, he would follow through on his commitment to space exploration with priority funding.
June 30, 2006
Re "Abort this mission," editorial, June 29 I disagree with your editorial urging NASA to ground the space shuttle. Such a proposal shows an ignorance of the benefits of manned space travel. Although robots have their uses, they lack the flexibility of human spaceflight: the ability to explore on a hunch, to perform any needed in-flight repairs and to engage in the time-honored tradition of "going where no man has gone before." Your editorial sends the wrong message to the astronaut corps, the families of those astronauts who have died in the performance of their missions and the young people who want to become astronauts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2006 |
Yuval Neeman, founder of Israel's space program and a key figure in the nation's nuclear efforts, has died. He was 80. Neeman suffered a stroke earlier this week and was taken to Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital, where he died Wednesday, the hospital said. Neeman, a world-renowned nuclear physicist, also played a role in Israeli politics. In 1979, he helped found the hawkish Tehiya Party, which broke away from the ruling Likud in opposition to Israel's peace treaty with Egypt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2005 |
Shirley Thomas Perkins, who left a productive Hollywood career in radio and television to write about space exploration, has died. She was 85. Perkins, a longtime teacher of writing at USC, died of cancer July 21 at her home in Hollywood, said her husband, William C. Perkins. "She became very excited about the space program from the very earliest days and decided that is what she wanted to pursue, although she had never written a book in her life," Perkins told The Times on Thursday.
June 12, 2005 |
Nancy KEYSTONE can take years to finish a play, but it's not because she spends a lot of time sitting around. The L.A. director is in perpetual motion, from the moment a project first glimmers in her mind through a seemingly endless series of research sessions, workshops and "showings" in which audiences are invited to comment on woolly works in progress. "I keep getting ideas," she says. "So I need to keep testing things to see if something I'm fascinated with makes other people groan."