Tag: NASA

Urgent spacewalking repairs Needed at International Space Station

BY MARCIA DUNN CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA has ordered up urgent spacewalking repairs at the International Space Station. On Tuesday, two astronauts will venture out to replace a data relay box that broke over the weekend. The job falls to the two Americans on board: commander Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer. The failed unit was installed not quite two months ago. It is one of two that control the station’s radiators and solar panels, among other critical systems. NASA said everything is still safe in orbit because one relay box is still working, and no operations have...

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Water leak shortens US astronaut’s spacewalk

BY MARCIA DUNN CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An equipment water leak shortened Friday’s spacewalk by two U.S. astronauts at the International Space Station. Spacewalkers Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer got out the hatch late because of the trouble. It was a milestone moment, nonetheless: the 200th spacewalk in the construction and maintenance of the orbiting outpost. During preparations earlier in the morning, a small amount of water leaked from the connection point between an umbilical hose and Fischer’s suit. The hose is one of two that provide water, oxygen, power, cooling and communications for astronauts before they float...

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SpaceX launches top-secret spy satellite for US government

BY MARCIA DUNN CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched a top-secret spy satellite for the U.S. government Monday morning and then successfully landed the booster for recycling. The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from its NASA-leased pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was SpaceX’s first mission for the National Reconnaissance Office. No details were divulged about the newly launched NRO satellite. Instead, SpaceX focused its webcast on the successful touchdown of the first-stage booster. The leftover booster – its job done – landed at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station several minutes after liftoff. Sonic booms...

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Cassini survives trip between Saturn, rings

BY MARCIA DUNN CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has survived an unprecedented trip between Saturn and its rings, and has amazing pictures to show for it. Flight controllers regained contact with Cassini on Thursday, a day after it became the first craft to cross this hazardous region. The rings are made up of countless icy particles, any of which could have smacked Cassini. The spacecraft’s big dish antenna served as a shield as it hurtled through the narrow gap, temporarily cutting off communications. “We are just ecstatic,” project science engineer Jo Pitesky said by phone from...

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History in the Making; Spacecraft flies between Saturn and rings

BY MARCIA DUNN CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s Cassini spacecraft ventured Wednesday into the never-before-explored region between Saturn and its rings. But flight controllers won’t know how everything went until Thursday when they are back in touch with the craft. Cassini was out of radio contact with Earth as it became the first spacecraft to enter the gap between Saturn and its rings. That’s because its big dish antenna was maneuvered face forward to protect science instruments from potentially damaging particles in the rings. The antenna could sustain minor damage like a small hole and still function properly,...

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