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Discovery heads home

Discovery heads home

| August 19, 2005 |

Discovery has taken off from Edwards Air Force Base in Cailifornia. The shuttle is piggy-backed on a specially modified Boeing 747-100 Jumbo. The flight will be just 3 hours as the pair have to stop to refuel Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma and should continue on to Florida over night, weather permitting. Matt (Image […]

Discovery will leave Edwards this morning.

Discovery will leave Edwards this morning.

| August 19, 2005 |

The US Space Shuttle Discovery will leave NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California to begin its ferry flight home to Florida at sunrise this morning (about 1300BST). Difficulties with alignment of the aerodynamic tailcone with the aft end of the Space Shuttle Discovery lead to the dealy of […]

No more shuttle launches until March

| August 18, 2005 |

Nasa has announced that the shuttle fleet will remain grounded until March at the earliest, Engineers are searching for a solution that will prevent foam being shed from the external tank and striking the orbiter during launch. Seven members of an oversight panel also say Nasa’s latest shuttle efforts were tainted by some of the […]

Make sure you patch your Windows!

| August 18, 2005 |

A war has broken out between hackers behind viruses that exploit a recently discovered loophole in Windows 2000. The viruses written by the competing hacker groups are fighting it out for supremacy on infected machines. Some of the variants seek out and delete rival viruses they find on machines they manage to penetrate. The slew […]

Discovery due back in Florida on Friday

Discovery due back in Florida on Friday

| August 17, 2005 |

The final preparations for Discovery’s return flight to Florida are underway at Dryden Flight Research Center in California. The orbiter has been attached to one of NASA’s modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft return ferry flight, currently scheduled to depart in the morning Thursday, Aug. 18. The pair could arrive in Florida as early as […]

748 Days in Space!

748 Days in Space!

| August 16, 2005 |

The record for the most amount of time spent in space have been broken by the Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev. He has clocked up 748 days in orbit as of today. He beat a previous record of 747 days, 14 hours, 14 minutes and 11 seconds held by fellow Russian Sergei Avdeyev. Krikalev is currently […]

Hi-tech screws?

Hi-tech screws?

| August 16, 2005 |

I recently ordered a Bluetooth card for my laptop from Dell. It arrived today in a large box, inside the box was a small plastic bag with the Bluetooth card and the screws to fit it. When I looked more closely I noticed that there was the usual warning about static sensitive parts. The actual […]

Atlantis flight date scrapped

| August 15, 2005 |

The space shuttle fleet will remain grounded until November at the earliest, Nasa officials have said. The September launch scheduled for the Shuttle Atlantis has now been canceled while Nasa tries to come up with a way to prevent pieces of foam insulation breaking free from the shuttle’s external fuel tank. A large foam chunk […]

Discovery to fly home soon

Discovery to fly home soon

| August 15, 2005 |

The space shuttle Discovery could fly back “home” to her Florida base by the middle of the week, Nasa is currently making final plans to fly it back from California on a specially modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA). Preparing and loading the shuttle has gone ahead of schedule according to Nasa. The preperation […]

MRO Launch third time lucky

MRO Launch third time lucky

| August 14, 2005 |

After several false starts over the past week NASA’s Multipurpose Mars Mission Successfully Launched on Friday 12th August, leaving two days later than planned due to a potential gyro fault on the 10th August and a software problem on the 11th August. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) rode on top of an Atlas V launch […]

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