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NATIONAL
March 22, 2013
WASHINGTON - So what if it never flew into space? The retired space shuttle Enterprise, NASA's test orbiter, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The orbiter, now at New York City's Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, becomes the first space shuttle to receive the honorary designation. The National Park Service described the orbiter as "exceptionally significant" because of its role in the shuttle program. New York landed the Enterprise after a fierce national competition for the retired shuttles.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
More than 1 million people have visited the California Science Center since space shuttle Endeavour made its debut just over four months ago, far surpassing officials' expectations for the Exposition Park museum. Science Center President Jeffrey Rudolph initially guessed about 2 million people would see the retired orbiter in its first year at the free museum, which averages about 1.6 million visitors per year. Now, he estimates at least 2.5 million people will pass through its turnstiles - a record.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2013 | By Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
Gerald Blackburn walked out of his office and surveyed the ruins of what was once the nerve center of America's space race. The vast debris field with giant cranes nosing through heaps of broken concrete and metal sheeting had been home to the Downey Industrial Site, a 160-acre campus southeast of Los Angeles where engineers like Blackburn designed the spacecraft that put Americans on the moon. The largely abandoned buildings were leveled over the holidays to make way for a big-box retail center.
NATIONAL
January 6, 2013 | By Scott Powers
ORLANDO, Fla. - Does anyone need a 15,000-foot landing strip? How about a place to assemble rocket ships? Or a parachute-packing plant? A launchpad? Make us an offer, says NASA, which is quietly holding a going-out-of-business sale for the facilities used by its space shuttle program. The last shuttle flight was in July 2011, when Atlantis made its final touchdown. That orbiter, like its sisters Discovery and Endeavour, is now a museum piece . As soon as some remaining cleanup is finished at Kennedy Space Center, the shuttle program will be history.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
An experimental robotic space plane developed for the Air Force is slated to launch Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, fueling an ongoing mystery about its hush-hush payload and overall mission. Air Force officials offered few details about the mission. They say the unmanned space plane, which resembles a miniature version of the space shuttle, simply provides a way to test new technologies in space, such as satellite sensors and other components. But this is the third time that the Air Force will send an X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle into orbit.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
An experimental robotic space plane developed for the Air Force is slated to be launched Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, Fla., fueling an ongoing mystery about its hush-hush payload and overall mission. Air Force officials offered few details about the mission. They said the unmanned space plane, which resembles a miniature space shuttle, simply provides a way to test technologies in space, such as satellite sensors and other components. This is the third time that the Air Force will send an X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle into orbit.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2012 | By David Lazarus
I know, I know: It's so hard to find just the right holiday gift for some people. So how about a trip to the moon? All you'll need is $750 million per ticket. But you'll have to book two tickets at a time, meaning that you'll be writing a check for $1.5 billion. A bargain, right? The lunar excursion is being offered by start-up company Golden Spike , which says it's "the first company planning to offer routine exploration expeditions to the surface of the moon. " Yeah, not a whole lot of competition on this front quite yet. Golden Spike plans to get a hold of existing space gear and repurpose it for commercial missions.
NEWS
November 6, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson was elected to a third term after bucking a challenge from Republican Rep. Connie Mack. Mack, a four-term congressman married to Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack of Palm Springs, sought to follow his father, the former senator, in the state that has been a key battleground in the presidential contest. The Associated Press called the race for Nelson. But Nelson took an early and consistent lead in the polls, and Mack's campaign hit turbulence when attack ads highlighted his past as a “promoter for Hooters with a history of barroom brawling.” One ad called him the “Charlie Sheen of Florida politics.” Mack's mother shot back in an ad that said, sure, her son was “a bit of a handful,” but was a “good kid” who would make a difference in the Senate.
NATIONAL
November 2, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON--The last of the retired space shuttles is headed for its final landing. Atlantis was making its 9.8-mile journey Friday from Florida's Kennedy Space Center to its permanent new home at the nearby visitors complex. "Godspeed Atlantis, on your next mission of inspiration and motivation," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. VIDEO: Timelapse journey of Endeavour "It's now NASA's honor to permanently house this magnificent spacecraft right here where she rose to the skies 33 times carrying 156 men and women," said Bolden, a former astronaut who flew on Atlantis.
SCIENCE
November 2, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
The space shuttle Atlantis began its last voyage Friday morning, traveling 10 miles from Cape Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building to the Visitor Complex at the cape. Atlantis is the third and final active shuttle to be sent to a museum, and its transfer formally ends NASA's shuttle program. Once it arrives at the visitor center, Atlantis will be suspended upside down with its cargo bay doors open as though it were floating in space. The exhibit of Endeavour, which captivated Los Angeles during its move from LAX to the Discovery Science Center, officially opened Tuesday.
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