March 2, 2002 |
The space shuttle Columbia blasted into orbit for the first time in more than two years Friday, and a cooling system problem immediately raised concerns the mission to the Hubble Space Telescope might have to be shortened. Shuttle program manager Ron Dittemore said he was optimistic that the 11-day mission was on track but said engineers would spend the next 24 hours analyzing the problem in one of two critical coolant loops for the payload bay doors.
December 4, 2001 |
Two spacewalking cosmonauts removed an old rubber seal stuck to the international space station, clearing the way for space shuttle Endeavour to lift off today on a flight to the orbiting outpost. Launch is set for just after sunset amid unprecedented security to guard against terrorist attacks. Endeavour will deliver a new crew of three to the space station.
November 27, 2001 |
NASA started its three-day clock ticking Monday toward the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour with tight security at the Florida spaceport for the first shuttle launch since the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Endeavour will launch Thursday to deliver to the international space station a new three-member crew of Russian cosmonauts and U.S. astronauts and will return with the crew now living there.
November 25, 2001 |
When mission commander Dominic Gorie and his crew rocket into orbit this week, it will be amid unprecedented security during unprecedented times. Fighter jets, helicopter patrols, SWAT teams, military guards, closed roads, tourist bans, media crackdowns and possibly even antiaircraft artillery are some of the safeguards expected to be in place for NASA's first wartime space shuttle launch.
September 7, 2001 |
Some planned upgrades to the nation's aging space shuttle program are being canceled or delayed, partly because of unanticipated expenses confronting the space program, a top NASA official said Thursday. Budget problems could affect space shuttle safety, William Readdy, a deputy associate administrator for NASA, told a Senate Commerce subcommittee. He said some projects were "being evaluated for cancellation or deferral . . .
July 17, 2001 |
Astronauts had to contend with water and air leaks and alarms while outfitting a passageway for spacewalkers on the international space station. Water spilled from a cooling line, and the crews of space shuttle Atlantis and space station Alpha had to mop up the mess. Then an alarm went off in the station's laboratory. A computer sensed a drop in water pressure and shut off the cooling system. An air leak cropped up about 10 hours later.