September 30, 2013 |
NASA is planning to send a 3-D printer into space and use it as a mini factory to churn out tools and instruments, sparing astronauts the hassle of lugging spare parts on each mission, according to a report. The printer is slated to go into space in the fall of 2014 on a supply mission, Associated Press said. NASA engineers envision a time when 3-D printers can print virtually any part that is needed and avert potential catastrophes in outer space. PHOTOS: Best states for doing business in 2013 "Any time we realize we can 3-D print something in space, it's like Christmas," Andrew Filo, a consultant with NASA on the printing project, told AP. "You can get rid of concepts like rationing, scarce or irreplaceable.
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.