August 2, 1999 |
When the space shuttle Discovery lifts off for the International Space Station in February, that rumble you hear may not be the engines. It may be the sound of hundreds of nervous stomachs at L-3 Communications Systems-East in Camden. For L-3 workers, the countdown to mission STS-92 has been going on for the last 12 years. Riding on that shuttle will be the first seven of 30 pieces of high-tech equipment assembled by L-3. They will provide a vital communications link between the space station and Earth.
October 29, 1998 |
The International Space Station is so big and complicated it will have to be launched in 43 parts and then put together like a giant set of Tinker Toys. Astronauts will ride the space shuttle to the 220-mile-high construction site, where, working outside in temperatures that can plunge to minus 170 degrees Fahrenheit, they will assemble the various power modules, laboratory spaces and living quarters. The space station is the most expensive and ambitious planned project since the moon landing.
July 16, 2006
The space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to return from its mission to the International Space Station tomorrow. Some argue that manned space missions risk too much in human lives and expensive hardware. Do you think America should abandon manned space flight? Should the money saved be spent on robotic space missions, other scientific programs, or other issues facing the nation? Send your thoughts by Wednesday in 200 words or less to Readers Editor, The Inquirer, Box 41705, Philadelphia 19101; Fax: 215-854-4483.
August 6, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Now that NASA has mothballed its fleet of space shuttles, the space agency needs a new ride to the International Space Station. On Friday, NASA handed out $1.1 billion in contracts to three companies to privately develop rockets and spacecraft for what could be the next step in manned spaceflight. The announcement was made by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on a cloudless day from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The winners included Hawthorne, Calif.-based rocket maker Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, and Boeing Co., which develops spacecraft in Huntington Beach, Calif., and uses rocket engines made by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in Canoga Park, Calif.
May 12, 2013 |
Canadian astronaut Cmdr. Chris Hadfield has tweeted another fun photo from space showing Pennsylvania, New Jersey and neighboring states from a heavenly perspective. "Chesapeake to Cape Cod to Lake Huron - in a glance, so much history, geology and geography," @Cmdr_Hadfield posted on Twitter. In the shot from the International Space Station, the white sands of the Jersey Shore's barrier islands are clearly visible and the Delaware River seems to disappear as it narrows north of Trenton.
December 22, 2011 |
MOSCOW - A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian, an American, and a Dutchman to the International Space Station blasted off flawlessly from Russia's launch facility in Kazakhstan on Wednesday. Mission commander Oleg Kononenko and his colleagues, American Don Pettit and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers, are to dock with the space station on Friday. The blastoff from the snowy launchpad in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, took place without a hitch and the spacecraft reached Earth orbit about nine minutes later.
February 9, 2012
Janice Voss, 55, a NASA astronaut who first worked for the space agency as a teenager and flew five shuttle missions in seven years, died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. A native of South Bend, Ind., Dr. Voss started with NASA while attending Purdue University in 1973. She later worked as an instructor before being selected as an astronaut in 1990. She received a doctorate in aeronautics/astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Voss flew four missions in the 1990s before a flight to the International Space Station in 2000.
March 22, 2015 |
The astronaut Scott Kelly is about to take off for the International Space Station, and if he is like some space travelers, he may temporarily feel a bit foggy or disoriented once in orbit. Scientists have not had much luck measuring this subtle effect with standard cognitive tests, but now, a group of University of Pennsylvania researchers is trying a new tack. While Kelly is in space, they will compare his mental performance with that of a uniquely qualified individual who stays behind on Earth.
August 21, 2001 |
After more than five months in orbit, three astronauts from the International Space Station were headed home yesterday as the space shuttle Discovery undocked, flew a loop around the outpost, then backed slowly away and disappeared into a field of stars. "It's time to say goodbye, station, and good luck, new crew," said Russian Yury Usachev, the outgoing station commander, before the hatches closed between station and shuttle. Discovery and its crew of four ferried a new crew to the station following its Aug. 10 liftoff.