September 10, 2000 |
The space shuttle Atlantis, partially blinded with the loss of a key navigational tool, began a series of precise maneuvers Saturday designed to lead to a docking with the International Space Station. The shuttle and its crew of U.S. astronauts and Russian cosmonauts are on a supply and outfitting run to the orbiting construction complex in advance of the first long-duration crew's arrival in November.
May 22, 2000 |
Two spacewalking astronauts fixed broken equipment Sunday night on the outside of the International Space Station, flying united with the shuttle Atlantis. It was the shuttle crew's second 200-mile-high feat of the day. The first was the impeccable shuttle-station linkup. Eager to get started on the six hours' worth of exterior repairs, Jeffrey Williams and James Voss emerged from Atlantis a little early. The space station, anchored in the shuttle cargo bay, towered above them.
May 23, 2000 |
Space shuttle Atlantis' astronauts floated into the international space station Monday night to replace dying batteries, filling the complex with voices for the first time in a year. American astronaut Susan Helms and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Usachev led the way into the brightly lighted Unity module. James Voss was close behind. "Glad you left the lights on for us," Voss told Mission Control. The three will move into the space station for good next year.
August 4, 1994 |
The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly rejected efforts to kill the space station, removing the final legislative hurdle of the year for the $17.4-billion project and providing more stability than it has had in a decade. "The thing that our contractors and employees tell us we need more than anything else is stability," National Aeronautics and Space Administration chief Daniel S. Goldin said in an interview. "We now have it."
July 21, 1990 |
The proposed U.S. space station will begin to wear out while being built, requiring an unrealistic number of spacewalks for repairs before astronauts are even aboard to do them, a NASA study released Friday said. The findings raise questions about the feasibility of the proposed $30-billion space station, seen as the centerpiece of NASA's future space program, at a time when the space agency is already reeling from a series of setbacks.
March 19, 1990 |
NASA has discovered a serious flaw in the planned $30-billion space station Freedom that may force the agency to redesign the centerpiece of the U.S. program for manned exploration of the solar system, it was reported today. The New York Times quoted officials of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as saying Freedom could not be built as designed because its vast array of parts would start to break down before construction of the space station was finished.
June 4, 1991 |
In another blow to the nation's embattled space station Freedom, the House Appropriations Committee on Monday approved a spending bill that eliminates nearly all funding for the controversial program. The decision follows a similar subcommittee vote and sets the stage for a major battle on the House floor later this week.
October 3, 1991 |
Congress voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to provide $2 billion this year for NASA's planned space station, giving President Bush his entire request for his No. 1 space priority. But the decision will prove costly to other space agency programs, which lawmakers said had to be slashed to provide money for the orbiting laboratory. The space station is expected to cost as much as $40 billion by 1999, when it is scheduled to be functioning. "If you're going to fund the space station . . .
June 3, 1988
The House gave overwhelming approval to an $11.5-billion NASA authorization bill that includes nearly $1 billion for the start on a space station. But some senators have expressed an inclination to vote for no more than $10.2 billion for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, an amount that could kill the space station project. The House bill, passed on a 360-26 vote, puts a cap of $24.
July 14, 1988
On an 86-11 vote, the Senate approved an appropriation bill providing only about one-fifth of the amount requested by the Administration for a manned space station, prompting a protest by NASA Administrator James C. Fletcher. The bill provides $200 million for a proposed manned space station, $767.4 million less than the Administration requested. Senior White House aides have said they would recommend that President Reagan veto the legislation.