May 20, 1994 |
In an effort to save the space station from the scientific scrap heap, a spending bill was unveiled Thursday urging Congress to shave funds from other National Aeronautics and Space Administration programs and keep plans for the orbiting laboratory alive--at least for another year. The bill, authored by Rep. George E. Brown Jr.
September 10, 1992 |
After an emotional debate over the nation's future in space, the Senate voted Wednesday to continue funding for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's controversial, $30-billion space station Freedom. By a 63-34 margin, the Senate rejected a spirited effort by Sen. Dale Bumpers (D-Ark.) to withdraw financial support for the planned orbiting laboratory, which is to be launched piece by piece in a series of space shuttle trips beginning in November, 1995.
December 16, 1995 |
In a potentially serious setback to the international space station program, Russia proposed Friday a redesign that would use its existing Mir spacecraft as the initial building block. The use of Mir would represent a major departure from existing plans to build the station from scratch. Such a change could be politically lethal, given the commitments made by the Clinton administration to Congress that the station design would not be changed.
December 10, 1998 |
Two astronauts ventured out on another spacewalk Wednesday and attached antennas to the international space station under construction nearly 250 miles above Earth. In a tense and meticulously planned operation, they also pried open a stuck antenna on Zarya, the Russian-built side of the space station. All it took was several pokes with a 10-foot pole and the 4-foot strip antenna shot out. "There it goes! It's gone!" spacewalker Jerry Ross shouted. "You got it deployed.
June 29, 1993 |
With votes to spare, the House decided Monday for the second time in a week to continue building a scaled-back version of Space Station Freedom. After two hours of debate, lawmakers voted, 220 to 196, to reject an amendment that would have cut the heart out of President Clinton's plan to build a $25-billion orbiting space laboratory. Only last Wednesday, the program survived an earlier attempt on its life by a single vote. "That was a very strong vote," said Thomas E.
June 27, 1993 |
Does spending for a space station make sense in a time of budget deficits? Yes it does, but that's not a fashionable opinion these days. Skepticism toward big science is suddenly rampant. In a week that saw the space station win authorization by only a single vote in the House of Representatives, the superconducting super collider project was voted down by a wide margin.
February 7, 1991 |
The 40-ton Salyut-7 Soviet space station plunged through Earth's atmosphere over Argentina at 17,000 m.p.h. Wednesday night and broke apart, according to the U.S. Space Command. Debris was expected to hit land, but not any cities or heavily populated areas, officials said. "We have indications that Salyut entered the Earth's atmosphere traveling over central Argentina at 44 minutes after the hour (7:44 p.m. PST) at about 17,000 m.p.h.," said Navy Cmdr. Charles Connor, a space command spokesman.
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June 14, 1995 |
A report from Congress's nonpartisan General Accounting Office released Tuesday projects that the nation's space station program will cost $93.9 billion over 17 years, a figure that backers disputed, fearing it could cripple bipartisan support for the endeavor. The number was immediately discounted by backers of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration project, which supports about 1,000 jobs in Orange County. But Rep. Richard Zimmer (R-N.J.
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June 8, 1995 |
After years of near-death experiences in federal budget battles, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's space station won a promise of survival Wednesday when a House subcommittee authorized all funds needed to complete the station by 2002. The bill to authorize $13.
October 21, 2000 |
Space shuttle Discovery and its crack construction crew pulled away from the international space station on Friday, leaving it shipshape for the arrival of its first full-time residents in less than two weeks. The shuttle undocked from the station as the two spacecraft soared 240 miles above Brazil. "Thanks for your tremendous efforts this week," Mission Control told Discovery's seven astronauts. "You did a spectacular job assembling all the new pieces of the station."