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By Robert S. Boyd and Robert S. Boyd,KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS | July 10, 2005
WASHINGTON - At NASA's request, scientists have given the space agency a detailed wish list of missions they hope to see conducted over the next 30 years. The proposals range from something as down to earth as a satellite to measure all our planet's rainfall to a far-out mission looking back to the dawn of time. That venture would send a spacecraft, the Big Bang Observer, to study the explosion that astronomers believe gave birth to the universe roughly 13.7 billion years ago. The goal of the latter mission is to "determine what powered the Big Bang and how the universe began and evolved," said Paul Hertz, a senior scientist in NASA's Office of Space Science.
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2013
Spot the International Space Station moving across the night sky this week. Chances arise the next three nights, but the best viewing opportunity Wednesday is possible to coincide with rain and thunderstorms. Look tonight at 8:59 p.m., Tuesday at 9:45 p.m. and Wednesday at 8:54 p.m. In each case, the space station will appear brighter than a star moving steadily across the sky, first appearing on the northwestern horizon. Wednesday's will be the best chance, with the spacecraft taking a path directly overhead and at its brightest.
By Michael Cabbage and Michael Cabbage,ORLANDO SENTINEL | August 26, 2003
WASHINGTON - NASA is planning sweeping changes to the space shuttle's operation and management before returning to flight, according to an internal agency plan for safely resuming launches. The changes are detailed in a 121-page report titled "NASA's Implementation Plan for Return to Flight and Beyond." An Aug. 5 draft was obtained by the Orlando Sentinel. "The goal is not only to fix the specific cause of the Columbia accident," the report says, "but also to put in place the comprehensive engineering, operational and managerial improvements that will provide the safety assurance required to return to flight and avoid the risk of overconfidence."
By Jamie Bacon, For The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2013
I have been engaged for a month and a half and already I feel so accomplished in terms of my wedding planning. Everyone I talk to tells me how on top of things I am, and it's so nice to hear because that is usually not me at all.  When it comes to cleaning or school work I have always been the biggest procrastinator. I wonder now why I haven't been so organized with all aspects of life, but, then, let's be real: Planning a wedding and my future with the love of my life is way more exciting than studying or vacuuming the house.
By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,SUN STAFF | March 4, 2002
Unless Congress acts this year to restore funding cut by the Bush administration, scientists say, they might lose their last opportunity for the next 200 years to study Pluto - the only planet in the solar system not yet visited by a spacecraft from Earth. At risk is the $488 million New Horizons mission, now in the design stage at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel and planned for launch in January 2006. The Bush administration canceled funding for exploration of the outer planets in NASA's proposed 2003 budget, saying the projects had grown too costly.
By Kimberly A.C. Wilson and Kimberly A.C. Wilson,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | September 22, 2004
WASHINGTON - Last-minute tinkering could boost NASA's budget for next year by $800 million, a result of a bipartisan push led by Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, and Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Texas Republican. The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved funding yesterday as an emergency item to repair the space shuttle fleet and service the Hubble Space Telescope, amending the $15.6 billion NASA budget to comply with recommendations made after the Columbia shuttle accident.
By Thomas H. Maugh II and Thomas H. Maugh II,LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 14, 2004
Sean O'Keefe, whose three roller-coaster years as NASA administrator saw the tragedy of the Columbia space shuttle disaster and the glory of the Mars rover and Cassini expeditions, resigned from the agency yesterday. O'Keefe, a self-professed "bean counter" brought in by President Bush to bring the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's spiraling budget under control, represented a sharp departure from previous administrators. He had no background in astronautics. He embraced the president's vision of putting men on Mars, but thought that using the shuttle to repair the Hubble Space Telescope was too dangerous.
By Mary Anne Ostrom and Mary Anne Ostrom,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | June 12, 2003
SAN JOSE, Calif. - When NASA launched its mission to Mars this week, lots of Silicon Valley folks were watching. That's because two valley companies have been working to boost the space agency's online capabilities before January, when two unmanned rovers will land on the Red Planet. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration wants to be prepared for a global online rush when the agency attempts to Webcast real-time streaming video from Mars, the first such online event highlighting exploration of a celestial body.
By DAN BERGER | February 16, 1993
Everyone must sacrifice, but folks who believed Bill's promises must sacrifice more.Some state senators are outraged to be held accountable for their vote on the Arnick confirmation.The Army has a navy, the Navy has an army, they both have air forces and the Air Force has a space agency. Who says there's duplication in the military?
By ORLANDO SENTINEL | November 17, 2005
WASHINGTON -- NASA got what it wanted - and more - yesterday when the Senate approved a $16.5 billion annual spending plan for the space agency in an otherwise very tight budget year. The money will pay for the start-up of NASA's new moon-Mars venture, more space shuttle flights, a repair mission to the Hubble telescope and other programs. The spending plan for 2006, which passed 94-5, is a slight increase over the current budget. But the agency is looking at an expensive transition in the next few years as it tries to balance the cost of ending its shuttle program and International Space Station construction with the planned voyages to the moon and Mars.
December 13, 2012
Everyone can relax now that NASA has put out a video - 10 days ahead of time - explaining why the world didn't end on Dec. 21, which is the final day of the Mayan Calendar and has long been a popular focus of goofball doomsday theorists. The nation's highly respected space agency filmed the YouTube video with the original intention of releasing it on Dec. 22, since it's entitled “Why the World Didn't End Yesterday.” I'm guessing they released it early to avert a Stub Hub meltdown caused by fatalistic football fans trying to dump their tickets for Week 16. Whatever the reason, Ravens fans can rest easy that the only doomsday scenario that might play out over the next nine days is the possibility of M&T Bank Stadium being torched by both Peyton and Eli Manning.
By Scott Dance | June 15, 2012
A NASA rocket launch scheduled at Wallops Flight Facility on Thursday morning will provide a show as far away as the Maryland and Delaware beaches. The space agency is launching a research rocket with 17 experiments on board. The experiments were designed by university researchers and students across the country, NASA said in a news release. The launch is scheduled for some time between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Thursday, with backup launches Friday and Saturday. The NASA visitors center on Wallops Island, Va., will open at 5 a.m. on the launch day for spectators.
By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2011
A Pakistani man living in Maryland has been charged with scheming to smuggle materials and equipment used in nuclear processing to agencies in his home country, federal officials announced Wednesday. Nadeem Akhtar, 45, of Silver Spring is accused in a grand jury indictment of buying the materials from U.S. companies and shipping them to blacklisted Pakistani agencies by lying to shipping companies about what the packages contained between 2005 and 2010. Some of the goods Akhtar and an unnamed co-defendant arranged to ship to sites in Pakistan, prosecutors said, include radiation-detection equipment, resins used to purify coolant water in nuclear power plants, calibration devices and selector switches, which fall under Department of Commerce rules that closely regulate the export of "dual-use items," or materials that potentially have both commercial and nuclear purposes.
By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance, | September 10, 2009
With a flourish of new images - from exploding stars to colliding galaxies and a new impact scar on Jupiter - NASA officials finally pulled the wraps off the newly refurbished Hubble Space Telescope on Wednesday, almost four months after astronauts completed a final round of repairs and upgrades. "Hubble is back in action," said Heidi Hammel, senior research scientist at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.. "You're only getting the tiniest taste of what astronomers are planning to do with Hubble over the many years it's going to last."
By John Johnson Jr. and John Johnson Jr.,Tribune Newspapers | May 24, 2009
President Barack Obama's selection on Saturday of former astronaut Charles F. Bolden Jr. to head NASA gives a boost to the agency's manned space program and its stated goal of returning humans to the moon by 2020. During the presidential campaign, Obama had seemed lukewarm toward NASA and its hugely expensive human spaceflight program. Space enthusiasts were particularly worried after Obama staffers floated the idea of taking money from the space agency to fund domestic programs. But now, with the selection of a retired Marine general and astronaut to run the agency, observers are asking whether this means the president has suddenly got religion for manned space flight.
By Matthew Hay Brown and Matthew Hay Brown,Sun Reporter | April 25, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Better practice your royal wave. The queen is coming to Maryland. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has added a stop at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt to the schedule for her state visit to America next month. The 81-year-old monarch and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, 85, will spend about two hours at Goddard on May 8, the British embassy and the space center said yesterday. They will visit mission control and speak with astronauts on the International Space Station.
By Los Angeles Times | November 30, 1993
When NASA planned a space shuttle mission to fix the Hubble Space Telescope -- the orbiting observatory hobbled by a defective mirror -- the agency chose its most experienced astronauts, trained them exhaustively for 11 months and gave them 200 custom-made tools to do the job.But once the six-man, one-woman crew begins its mission -- liftoff is scheduled for early tomorrow -- their most sophisticated piece of equipment will be something that was not dreamed...
By HOUSTON CHRONICLE | December 1, 1995
HOUSTON -- The Russians are about to propose a major change in their contribution to the International Space Station, likely urging acceptance of their 10-year-old, orbiting Mir outpost as a key component, a top NASA agency official said yesterday.The pending proposal looms as the largest potential disruption to the massive project since the Clinton administration imposed sweeping design and management reforms in 1993 and invited the Russians to join a partnership with Europe, Japan and Canada.
By Los Angeles Times | March 8, 2007
Houston -- Astronaut Lisa Nowak, charged with attempted kidnapping after confronting a rival for another astronaut's affections at an Orlando airport last month, was fired by NASA yesterday. She is the first astronaut ever dismissed by the space agency. NASA's decision does not reflect the agency's belief in her guilt or innocence, said spokesman James Hartsfield. "The primary reason for the termination is we don't have the administrative means to deal with the criminal charges against her," he said.
By John Johnson Jr. and John Johnson Jr.,Los Angeles Times | December 5, 2006
An international team of astronauts will be living and working at a permanent moon base to be built at one of the resource-rich lunar poles within two decades, NASA announced yesterday. Earth's first off-world colonists will cruise the surface in a new-generation lunar lander that will function like a low-gravity pickup truck, possibly journeying to the dark side to build the most ambitious collection of observatories ever constructed, NASA said. The announcement of NASA's vision to build a permanent scientific research station on the moon represents the space agency's first outline of its plans once it reaches the moon, scheduled no later than 2020.
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