May 13, 1990 |
One day last summer, in a government office in Brazil's capital city, European business people taught McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Co. a painful lesson in the competitive realities of the new commercial rocket industry. The Huntington Beach aerospace giant, which builds the Delta II rocket, was in a tough fight with Arianespace Inc. of France for a $100-million-plus contract to launch two Brazilian telecommunications satellites.
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April 21, 1994 |
After bad weather in Florida twice prevented a hoped-for landing at the Kennedy Space Center, the space shuttle Endeavour returned to Earth here Wednesday, ending an 11-day mission that garnered reams of data on changes in the Earth's environment. "The radar lab has provided an unprecedented view of our planet," a mission control announcer at the Johnson Space Center in Texas told the six astronauts aboard Endeavour as it came to a stop on concrete Runway 22. "Welcome home."
July 18, 1994 |
Baby fish and salamanders popped out of eggs at record speed aboard the space shuttle Columbia on Sunday, thrilling scientists who want to know how human babies might develop in space. "That's in the future," said Japanese project scientist Shunji Nagaoka. Astronaut Richard Hieb reported that six or seven fish hatched, the result of orbital trysts. Researchers said it is the first known case of vertebrates--in this case guppylike Japanese Medaka fish--mating and reproducing in space.
August 9, 1990 |
Mirrors being built for a $747-million series of weather satellites have been found to warp and become useless in the temperature extremes of space, a NASA official said. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration spokesman said that the flaw was discovered by ITT Aerospace, a subcontractor for the project, and that the planned weather satellites cannot be completed and launched until a solution is found.
June 25, 1992 |
A deal that permits the first launch of an American-made satellite aboard a Russian rocket could pose a threat to the struggling American commercial launch industry, according to spokesmen for McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Co. and other American rocket makers. The decision on the Russian launch was one of a series of accords on space exploration reached last week by Russia and the United States during Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin's visit to Washington.
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.