May 21, 2000 |
Space shuttle Atlantis slid up to the international space station and docked, ending a two-day chase and kicking off a week of urgent repairs. Commander James Halsell Jr. guided Atlantis to the smooth linkup. Halsell and his six crew members are the first space station visitors in a year. Flight controllers prepared the station for the astronauts' arrival by turning up the thermostat and cleansing its stagnant air. No one was supposed to return until a Russian service module was in place.
June 11, 2002 |
Astronauts clamped a $254-million work platform to the International Space Station on Monday, providing a movable bench for the orbiting outpost's robot arm. Working from inside the space station, two astronauts used the 58-foot robot arm to put the platform in place on top of a rail car. A pair of spacewalkers will go back out today to bolt it down and wire it up. The arm and its new mobile base were contributed by Canada.
October 30, 2002 |
A manned Soyuz rocket blasted off from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan today, headed for the International Space Station, Russia's Mission Control said. "The Soyuz-TMA booster rocket lifted as planned.... Everything is fine," a spokesman said. The launch of the rocket, which was originally scheduled for Monday, was delayed after the fatal explosion of a Soyuz cargo rocket of a similar type shortly after takeoff from Russia's Arctic Plesetsk cosmodrome Oct. 15.
July 13, 1988 |
The Senate approved an appropriation bill today providing only about one-fifth of the amount requested by President Reagan for a manned space station, prompting a protest by NASA Administrator James Fletcher. Senators voted 86 to 11 to approve the $59.1-billion appropriation for next year for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and 15 other independent agencies.
January 6, 2004 |
The international space station is experiencing a slow, steady drop in air pressure, and American and Russian flight controllers are investigating possible causes of the leak. Mission Control notified astronaut Michael Foale and cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri about the leak just before their bedtime Monday afternoon. "There's no action for you at this time and no immediate concerns," Mission Control told the two men.
June 17, 2007 |
Balky computers on the International Space Station were fully revived Saturday, but crew members admitted the problem had worried them and served as a reminder that spaceflight is dangerous. Station commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and flight engineer Oleg Kotov rewired the bank of computers to bypass a power outlet that NASA and Russian space officials believe may have caused the computers to crash Monday.
December 8, 2000 |
This past Sunday, the space shuttle Endeavour attached the world's largest solar wings to the international space station Alpha. Installed with the help of two spacewalking astronauts, these new solar panels will allow NASA to launch its lab module, Destiny, in January and will keep the station going for the next several years. A new Discovery Channel special, "Inside the Space Station," premiering Sunday, examines the technological marvel of Alpha.