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July 30, 2001 | From Times staff and wire reports
The Senate Appropriations Committee has budgeted $25 million for NASA to begin work on a Pluto mission, but the new funding still would need to be approved later this fall by members of the House and the president. Previous plans for a $700-million Pluto mission were scrapped by the space agency in September. Two teams, including one from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, are now competing to put together a $500-million mission.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 12, 2001 | STEPHANI SUTHERLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 10, 2001 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In this town of fanciful architecture, the oddest structure of all has been constructed--not on the Strip, but as a vision of man's first home and science laboratory on Mars. The prototype habitat, designed to house explorers for as long as 18 months on the Red Planet, was shipped this week to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for public display at its visitors' center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
May 9, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Humans could venture to Mars in 20 years or less, NASA chief Daniel S. Goldin said at a symposium on the 40-year history of U.S. human spaceflight. He detailed NASA's plans to launch a precision lander spacecraft toward Mars in 2007, with Martian samples to be collected and returned to Earth by 2009 to 2011.
NEWS
May 7, 2001
The Pioneer 10 space probe, launched in 1972 and silent for eight months, phoned home from more than 7 billion miles away after getting a radio call from Earth, NASA said last week. Pioneer 10 had not made contact since last August, and although NASA scientists had lost contact before, the silences had only lasted for a week or two. Such a long hiatus probably means something has broken down.
NEWS
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.
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