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July 17, 2001 | From Staff and Wire Reports
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.
July 16, 2001 | From Associated Press
Two teams of astronauts installed a new entryway on the international space station Sunday, then swung open the hatch with a ceremonial flourish and floated inside. Applause erupted in Mission Control as the commanders of the shuttle Atlantis and space station Alpha cut a white paper ribbon stretching across the inner threshold of the $164-million air lock for spacewalks, named Quest.
Hoping to catch a cosmic breeze, NASA is preparing to launch a new spacecraft to seek evidence of the earliest days of our solar system 4 1/2 billion years ago. The satellite, to be known as Genesis, is scheduled to launch July 30. Its mission is scheduled to end in 2004 with a dramatic helicopter recovery over the Utah desert.
July 1, 2001 | From Associated Press
A NASA observatory rocketed into space Saturday on a mission to scan the universe for the faint afterglow of creation. Liftoff occurred at 3:46 p.m., with the unmanned Delta rocket climbing through a cloudy sky and placing the MAP (Microwave Anisotropy Probe) spacecraft in its proper orbit. The craft's electricity-generating solar panels popped open on cue. "It's a terrific sigh of relief," Alan Bunner, a NASA science director, said after MAP reached orbit.
May 20, 2001 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
A band of protesters opposed to military space projects was arrested Saturday while attempting to enter the Air Force base. About 200 people gathered outside as part of the "Stop the Militarization of Space" protest. About 15 people were arrested after crossing a barricade and sitting down in front of security forces, said Air Force Staff Sgt. Rebecca Bonilla.
May 3, 2001 | From Associated Press
History's first paid space tourist got his trip to orbit in the "wrong way," and his Russian hosts may end up having to pay for it, the chief of NASA said Wednesday. NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin told a House subcommittee that Dennis Tito, 60, a Los Angeles multimillionaire who ignored the objections of NASA and paid Russia $20 million to fly him to the space station, has caused anxiety among space workers who oversee the mission's safety.
April 30, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
NASA scientists said they have contacted the Pioneer 10 spacecraft, ending fears that the robotic probe had gone silent 29 years into a mission that has carried it more than 7 billion miles from Earth. A radio antenna outside Madrid received a signal Saturday from Pioneer 10, marking the first time the spacecraft had been heard from since Aug. 19. Pioneer was launched March 2, 1972.
April 20, 2001 | From Associated Press
Space shuttle Endeavour roared into orbit Thursday, carrying a giant robotic arm that is needed to finish building the international space station. The midafternoon launch went off without a hitch. Among the 20,000-plus guests watching the launch: four world leaders, dignitaries from several countries and even a celebrity couple, Warren Beatty and Annette Bening.
April 17, 2001 | From Associated Press
The countdown began Monday for the launch of space shuttle Endeavour on a critical space station mission involving high-tech robotics. Endeavour is scheduled to lift off Thursday afternoon, carrying a 57-foot, 9-inch robotic arm for the international space station that will be used as a construction crane. The seven astronauts arrived at Kennedy Space Center several hours before the countdown clocks began ticking.
For the throngs peering skyward from the NASA causeway, it was a spectacular daytime launch. For geochemist William Boynton, it was the beginning of a promising science mission. But for Scott Hubbard, who oversees NASA's troubled Mars program, the flawless launch of the 2001 Mars Odyssey orbiter was much more: It was a redemption. "We are back in business," said Hubbard, who has been presiding over the massive restructuring of the Mars program since the loss of two spacecraft in 1999.
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