July 16, 1989 |
Twenty years. A blink of time in the universe but a fourth of a lifetime for most mortals. Buzz Aldrin, 59, sits at a desk in his Laguna Beach home, windows opening on a stunning view of the Emerald Bay coast of the Pacific Ocean. To his right, a wall of pictures and artwork document his career as an Air Force officer and astronaut. "July 16 will be the 20th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch," Aldrin said. "I'll be there, at the Cape, at the exact time of liftoff, to mark that anniversary."
August 3, 1989 |
A space shuttle will be lost and astronauts may well die within the next decade if the United States carries out its vision of exploring the universe, Congress was warned in a report released Wednesday. "If the United States wishes to send people into space on a routine basis, the nation will have to accept the risks these activities entail," said the study by the congressional Office of Technology Assessment.
May 3, 1999 |
Lost at sea for 38 years, astronaut Gus Grissom's Mercury capsule was found over the weekend by an underwater salvage team that had been searching for the spacecraft 300 miles offshore. Liberty Bell 7 is still 3 miles deep in the Atlantic. The cable to a remotely operated rover used to identify and photograph the capsule snapped Saturday night because of the rough sea, and the rover sank.
November 16, 1999 |
The Hubble Space Telescope has halted all astronomical observations because of a failed aiming system and will remain in hibernation until astronauts arrive with spare parts next month, NASA officials said at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. "It's quite safe," said program manager John Campbell. "We're not doing science, so the power load has been reduced. But everything is quite OK." The shuttle Discovery is supposed to lift off Dec.
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September 28, 1987 |
Midway through an 84-day Skylab mission in 1974, the three resident astronauts shocked ground controllers by deciding to take a Sunday off from scheduled work. Their unexpected rebellion led to what crew leader Gerald Carr called "the first space sensitivity session" with ground controllers. In December, 1982, Soviet cosmonauts Anatoli Berezevoi and Valentin Lebedev risked a hazardous night landing during a snowstorm rather than extend their 211-day mission another week.
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August 22, 1988 |
Sometime in the next few weeks, a disabled Soviet spy satellite carrying a highly charged nuclear reactor will drop out of its shallow orbit. If it burns up in the upper atmosphere--as Moscow predicts--it will go largely unnoticed by the general public, just another of the hundreds of pieces of space junk that fall from the sky every year. But if the satellite follows the predictions of some American space experts, it will plunge to Earth, scattering radioactive debris wherever it lands. The 4.
September 1, 1988 |
Two of the shuttle Discovery astronauts, preparing for the first manned U.S. space mission since the Challenger explosion, took a mock space walk Wednesday to manually aim a satellite for launch. The exercise, part of a 56-hour simulated mission, was proclaimed a success by flight director Milt Heflin. "The team's ready to go," Heflin said. "We'd like to do it tomorrow, yesterday if we could."
March 16, 2000 |
For the second time in a few months, defective engine seals have turned up on a space shuttle instead of in the trash where they belong, NASA said Wednesday. Two seals that should have been thrown away are apparently in one of Atlantis' main engines. As a result, NASA will replace that engine before the shuttle blasts off with supplies for the international space station next month.
May 13, 1992 |
After two days of failure, the crew of the space shuttle Endeavour plans a daring third attempt today to rescue a marooned communications satellite by having astronauts literally grab the huge, spinning spacecraft with their gloved hands. The plan, developed Tuesday by the seven-member Endeavour crew and NASA flight officers, calls for the first three-astronaut spacewalk in history. The final rescue effort is scheduled to begin about 2 p.m. PDT, and could last as long as eight hours.
May 16, 1992 |
Two days after their history-making capture of a stranded satellite, the seven astronauts aboard space shuttle Endeavour said Friday that their difficult mission will help NASA chart a better course for future manned expeditions in space. "We learned a heck of a lot of lessons," said astronaut and Navy Cmdr. Pierre J. Thuot, 36, during a press briefing that was beamed to Earth as the Endeavour flew 225 miles over Florida and the Atlantic Ocean. "One of which is . . .