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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2009
Konstantin Feoktistov Spacecraft designer and cosmonaut Konstantin Feoktistov, 83, a spacecraft designer and cosmonaut who was a member of the first three-man crew to fly in space, died Saturday in Moscow, the Russian space agency announced. No cause was given. Feoktistov was aboard Voskhod 1 in October 1964 as part of the first group space flight in history. He also played a key role in the development of the Voskhod. "I had many enemies who did not want me to make that flight," Feoktistov told the Boston Globe in 1998.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2009 | David Ng
Los Angeles Opera said Tuesday that it would present two workshop performances of a new commission called "The 110 Project," an opera that tells the stories of the communities along L.A.'s 110 Freeway, which runs from the Pasadena area, past downtown and south to San Pedro. Commissioned by the company's Education and Community Programs department, the new work features music by Laura Karpman and a libretto by author MG Lord and Shannon Halwes. According to L.A. Opera, "The 110 Project" tells the story of four central characters as it travels through 70 years of L.A. history starting with the birth of the space program in Pasadena's Arroyo Seco in 1939 to downtown Los Angeles at midcentury and concluding at the port of San Pedro in the present day. The music is said to be inspired by freeway sounds as well as cultural and historic source material.
OPINION
September 14, 2009 | William Sweet, William Sweet is a senior editor at IEEE Spectrum. His views are his own.
For the last five years, the United States has been saddled with a space program that manages to be both unrealistic and uninspiring. It's unrealistic because it depends on funding and technology that are not available, and uninspiring because it proposes a mere repeat visit to the moon -- and not very soon at that -- and a trip to Mars that is way too far off to excite any young person alive today. Last week, a panel of former astronauts and space entrepreneurs convened by the Obama administration to review the 2004 program released its preliminary findings, which offer a way out of our space dilemma.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2009 | Dana Hedgpeth and Kendra Marr, Hedgpeth and Marr write for the Washington Post.
Forty years after the crew of Apollo 11 landed on the moon, the business of space has yet to experience the renaissance many once thought possible. "It's 2009, and we thought we'd be going to the moon on PanAm by now," said John Pike, an analyst who follows the industry at think tank GlobalSecurity.org. "We thought the number of rockets that would be launched each year would be more and more and it would get cheaper and cheaper, but it didn't happen that way."
WORLD
September 28, 2008 | Barbara Demick, Times Staff Writer
A Chinese astronaut stepped outside the Shenzhou 7 spacecraft Saturday and waved a small red Chinese flag for the millions of his countrymen watching on live television and cheering over their nation's latest conquest. With the 15-minute spacewalk, China became the third country to accomplish the feat, following the United States and Russia.
WORLD
August 18, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Iran said it had put a dummy satellite into orbit on its own rocket for the first time Sunday, a move expected to increase Western concerns about its nuclear ambitions. The ballistic technology used to put satellites into space can also be used to launch weapons, although Iran says it has no plans to do so. The rocket is called the Safir-e Omid, or envoy of hope. "The Safir satellite carrier was launched today, and for the first time we successfully launched a dummy satellite into orbit," Reza Taghipoor, head of the Iranian Aerospace Organization, said on state television Sunday.
OPINION
July 28, 2008
Re "Looking at Mars," editorial, July 23 Once again, I must disagree with your editorial on the future of spaceflight and your continued opposition to human exploration. Although robots have their uses in going places where it is currently impossible to send humans, human spaceflight has many advantages, such as the ability to explore on a hunch and the ability to conduct in-flight repairs. There is also the inherent desire to travel to new places and literally "go where no man has gone before."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
WORLD
November 18, 2007 | Mark Magnier, Bruce Wallace and Shankhadeep Choudhury, Times Staff Writers
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.
WORLD
September 14, 2007 | Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer
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.
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