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September 18, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The shuttle Atlantis and its astronauts pulled away from the international space station after a short but productive stay, Kennedy Space Center reported. The astronauts had flown together eight days. "You did a fantastic job," Mission Control radioed once the doors to the station were closed earlier in the day, "and we know the Expedition One crew will really appreciate all the effort you put in getting their new home set up."
April 18, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan and Andrea Chang
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday and sped through a cloud-covered sky on its way to deliver supplies to the International Space Station for NASA. The Hawthorne-based rocket manufacturer launched the cargo mission despite a computer glitch aboard the space station and bad weather that threatened to push the liftoff back a day. Promptly at 12:25 p.m. PDT, the rocket fired up its nine engines and launched into orbit, carrying a capsule packed with 5,000 pounds of supplies for the two American, one Japanese and three Russian astronauts aboard the space station.
With California already spinning from defense cuts, Gov. Pete Wilson announced Thursday that he will send a delegation of state officials and business leaders to Washington in two weeks to lobby for continued funding of the troubled space station. The station, a sophisticated orbiting laboratory already 10 years and $12 billion in the making, accounts for more than 4,200 California workers, about a third of them in Orange County.
February 19, 2014 | By Carla Hall
Anyone who thinks the U.S. space program is done with and permanently parked at the California Science Center in the form of the space shuttle Endeavour hasn't heard NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson and aerospace engineer Camille Alleyne (yes, a rocket scientist) talk about the International Space Station. Which is what they were doing on a very earthbound mission this week in Los Angeles to promote NASA's involvement in the space station and the exhibit, “Destination: Station,” showcasing what it's like to live aboard the International Space Station.
The Clinton Administration's ambitious plan to collaborate with Russia on a radically different space station has put the controversial program in jeopardy once again on Capitol Hill. On the eve of a critical Senate vote, some of the station's strongest supporters are voicing reservations about the Administration's decision to rework--for the second time in 90 days--plans for the long-delayed project.
March 19, 1988 | From Reuters
The European Space Agency said Friday that it has approved an accord with NASA to build an international space station in the largest international civil space venture ever undertaken. The accord, which follows two years of negotiations between the agency and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, was adopted at a meeting here, the agency said in a statement. The agreement clears the way for development to start on the $20-billion project.
September 23, 1987
The House voted 348 to 68 to make a $767-million down payment on development of a U.S. space station. The money was part of the $9.5 billion for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration included in a $57.9-billion 1988 appropriations bill for NASA, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and several other independent agencies. The bill now goes to the Senate.
July 23, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
NASA's international space station received another stamp of approval--this time from the Senate, which voted to allocate $2.1 billion for the station in 1998. The House appropriated the same amount last week for the station, which supports more than 1,000 jobs in Orange County. Part of the station, which is expected to take flight in 2002, is being built at the McDonnell Douglas plant in Huntington Beach. It will be an orbiting research lab funded by 14 nations--including the U.S.
March 20, 1990 | United Press International
NASA disputed a report Monday that a planned $30-billion space station is seriously flawed because it would begin to wear out and require extensive maintenance before it is completed. William Lenoir, associate administrator for space flight for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, said problems outlined in a story in the New York Times and repeated in the Los Angeles Times are not new and will be overcome once the proposed station, called Freedom, reaches the construction stage.
President Clinton has decided to push for construction of a sophisticated, orbiting space laboratory that would make use of much of the technology already developed for the controversial space station Freedom, congressional aides said Tuesday. Clinton all but announced his intentions at a Tuesday press conference, taking pains to highlight the project's virtues as he spoke to reporters. The President promised a formal statement on the project within a few days.
December 17, 2013 | By Amina Khan, This story has been corrected, as indicated below.
It's official: NASA astronauts will have to step out into space to fix a faulty cooling loop at the International Space Station. Rick Mastracchio and Michael Hopkins will take on the task, which will probably take two spacewalks and could stretch to three. The spacewalks, scheduled for Dec. 21, 23 and 25, come after engineers at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston tried fiddling with a broken valve in a pump in an ammonia cooling loop to figure out what exactly was wrong with it. The pump was shut down last week after it failed to regulate the ammonia levels and it got too cold, NASA officials said.
December 11, 2013 | By Amina Khan, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A cooling system failure aboard the International Space Station may require a spacewalk, NASA officials said Wednesday. One of two ammonia cooling loops on the station's exterior shut down Wednesday morning, NASA spokeswoman Brandi Dean said. “You need the cooling in space because heat doesn't dissipate like it does on the ground,” she said. Authorities think that an excess of ammonia triggered a safeguard to shut the loop down. [Update, 9:05 p.m. Dec. 11: NASA's Johnson Space Center used Twitter to update followers on the situation.
November 2, 2013 | By James S. Fell
Col. Chris Hadfield, who until recently was commander of the International Space Station, has a workout regimen that is out of this world. Sorry. Couldn't resist. Hadfield's new book, "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth," goes into detail about what it takes to be in shape for space travel. What kind of shape do you need to be in to qualify for the space program? To qualify to live on the space station, you have to pass the hardest physical exam in the world. There has to be a high lack of a probability of a problem, whether it's your appendix or an injury.
October 31, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
With her long blond ponytail floating above her inside the International Space Station, astronaut Karen Nyberg calmly explains the challenges of quilting in weightlessness. "Now that I've tried my hand sewing in space," she said in a video released Thursday by NASA, "I can say one thing with certainty: It's tricky. " As if being a mechanical engineer and astronaut isn't significant enough, the avid quilter brought sewing supplies including fabric, scissors, thread, five needles (but no pins)
September 30, 2013 | By Shan Li
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.
September 16, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg says when a new cargo ship arrives this weekend at the International Space Station, she'll be unwrapping the chocolate. Like soldiers and college students everywhere, Nyberg gets excited about care packages from home. She told Associated Press that something freshly baked would be better, but she'll settle for chocolate. Her husband, astronaut Douglas Hurley, arranged to have the package stowed aboard the Cygnus. It's the debut of the space station delivery service by Virginia's Orbital Sciences Corp.
Ignoring the doubts of leading scientists, the Senate Wednesday ensured that the nation's controversial program to build Space Station Freedom will survive for at least one more year. After a divisive debate that pitted supporters of the nation's manned space program against those who argued for deficit reduction or increased social spending, the Senate rejected by a 64-35 vote an attempt to slash nearly all of the proposed $2 billion in space-station funding for the 1992 fiscal year.
September 11, 2000 | The Washington Post
The Atlantis astronauts glided to a picture-perfect docking with the international space station early Sunday and geared up for an overnight spacewalk to electrically connect a new Russian command module. With both streaking through space at five miles per second, the 120-ton shuttle gently docked with the unmanned 67-ton space station at 1:52 a.m. Sunday.
July 9, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Everyone has to make time for a little home maintenance now and then, even when your home is orbiting 260 miles above the Earth. So bright and early Tuesday morning, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy suited up for a six-hour-and-seven-minute spacewalk outside the International Space Station to knock a bunch of "to-dos" off their list. Tuesday's spacewalk was the fifth spacewalk of Cassidy's career, but the first for Parmitano, and the first for an Italian.
May 16, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Free live streaming by Ustream "Star Trek" fans, set your alarms. And fans of the astronauts who live and work on the International Space Station, set your alarms too. At 9 a.m. Pacific time Thursday, the filmmakers behind "Star Trek Into Darkness" and a handful of NASA astronauts will come together in a live Google Hangout to discuss how science fiction is becoming a reality. And you can watch it live, right here. (The video player above will stream the hangout starting at 9 a.m. Thursday.)
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