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Launch abandoned today

| August 11, 2005 |

The launch of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has been scrubbed for today due to a ‘fuel problem’. Next scheduled attempt is tomorrow morning. Matt [Technorati tag(s): mars, nasa, Space Shuttle, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, MRO, Space, Science]

Mars probe given green light

| August 11, 2005 |

The launch of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is expected to go ahead as planned today. The mission’s first launch opportunity window is 11:50 to 13:35 BST, Thursday. If the launch is postponed, additional launch windows open daily at different times each morning throughout August. For trips from Earth to Mars, the planets move into […]

Time to patch Windows (Again!)

| August 10, 2005 |

Microsoft is urging Windows users to update their systems with the latest security patches it has released to fix three critical flaws in its software. The flaws mostly affect Windows 2000 and Internet Explorer. Users with updated Windows Server 2003 and XP systems are not as much at risk. If left unplugged, they could allow […]

Mars probe launch delayed

Mars probe launch delayed

| August 10, 2005 |

Todays launch of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has had to be postponed after the discovery of problems with the Atlas V launch rocket. The launch is now scheduled for tomorrow morning at 1135 GMT from Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and is the first government launch of Lockheed Martin’s Atlas V […]

Shuttle Fleet Facts!

Shuttle Fleet Facts!

| August 9, 2005 |

[color=#6200aa]There have been six shuttles built:[/color] [color=#6200aa]Enterprise (OV-101)[/color] [color=#6200aa]Challenger (OV-99)[/color] [color=#6200aa]Columbia (OV-102)[/color] [color=#6200aa]Discovery (OV-103)[/color] [color=#6200aa]Atlantis (OV-104)[/color] [color=#6200aa]Endeavour (OV-105)[/color] [color=#6200aa]Enterprise was a test vehicle for the shuttle program and was not intended for space flight. It is on display at Dulles Airport outside Washington, D.C.[/color] [color=#6200aa]Challenger was also originally built as a test vehicle, known as […]

Discovery and crew home safely!

Discovery and crew home safely!

| August 9, 2005 |

Shuttle lands safely. Despite the problems experienced with the launch, heat shield damage, thermal blanket damage and delays due to bad weather, the American Space Shuttle Discovery has landed safely at Edwards Airforce Base in California. The re-entry and landing was televised live by most of the world’s media channels. It has been a long […]

Nasa hopes for good weather

| August 9, 2005 |

The crew of the shuttle Discovery are preparing to return to Earth after bad visibility in Florida forced a delay on Monday. Nasa hopes to bring the shuttle down at 1007 BST (0507 EST; 0907 GMT) at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. If the weather remains a problem in Florida, the shuttle could land […]

Shuttle not coming home today

| August 8, 2005 |

Due to bad weather and low lying cloud cover at Kenedy Space Center the Space Shuttle Discovery’s return to earth has been delayed by 24 hours. Other landing opportunities are scheduled for Tuesday at Kennedy Space Center and the back-up strip at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Matt [Technorati tag(s): shuttle, nasa, Space Shuttle, […]

Discovery ready to come home

| August 8, 2005 |

Despite having to delay the re-entry due to bad weather, Nasa say they are extremely confident that there are will be no problems with Discovery’s return to earth. The seven crew members aboard Discovery have been preparing for their re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. Low-lying cloud which could obscure the landing strip forced flight controllers to […]

Shuttle bids farewell to ISS

| August 6, 2005 |

The crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery have packed their bags and left the ISS to begin the long journey back home. After saying goodbye to the station’s two residents, the crew closed the hatches and sealed the shuttle before slowly separating early on Saturday. Having undocked with the ISS, the shuttle will fly around […]