- -06-27-05 Commission: NASA Fails on Safety (BBC News)
"The US space agency (Nasa) has failed to meet tough safety recommendations issued after the Columbia shuttle break-up in 2003, experts say."
"The independent Stafford-Covey Commission said risk remained that pieces of foam and ice could break off and hit the shuttle at lift-off."
"It also said the orbiter had not been sufficiently hardened and it lacked an in-flight repair system." 6-05
- -06-27-05 NASA: Possible Fireworks on the Fourth (CBS News)
"NASA hopes to shoot off its own celestial sparks in an audacious mission that will blast a stadium-sized hole in a comet half the size of Manhattan. It would give astronomers their first peek at the inside of one of these heavenly bodies." 6-05
- -07-04-05 NASA Strikes Comet (CNN News)
"A NASA space probe slammed into a comet early Monday, capping a six-month mission that researchers hope will give them new clues about the birth of our solar system." 7-05
- -07-04-05 NASA Strikes Comet (International Herald Tribune)
"On Sunday night, NASA fired a 3-foot-wide, 820-pound copper barrel directly into the path of a 9-mile-long, potato-shaped comet by the name of Tempel 1. The two successfully collided at 23,000 mph while a mother craft photographed the action from a safe distance and sent the pictures home to us."
"Beneath the dirty ice crust of a comet like Tempel 1 is material that has been in deep-freeze since the birth of our solar system. Mixed into this timeless frozen treat are organic molecules like those that seeded the young Earth with raw materials for making life. That ice may hold some buried chapters of the story of our origin." 7-05
- -07-30-05 Discovery Crew Test Repair Kits (CNN News)
"None of the repair kits flying on Discovery could mend a hole the size of the one responsible for Columbia's catastrophic re-entry, estimated between 6 and 10 inches across. It could be years before engineers come up with such a big patch. For now the largest hole that any of the repair methods aboard Discovery could tackle would be 4 inches." 7-05
- -09-30-05 "Flight Participant" Takes Off for the International Space Station (BBC News)
"Fare-paying 'space tourist' Gregory Olsen has blasted off on a Russian Soyuz rocket bound for the International Space Station."
"His rocket streaked into the clear blue sky at Kazakhstan's Baikonur launch site at 0955 local time (0355GMT)."
"The US businessman and scientist is taking a 10-day trip to the ISS. He is the third person to holiday there." 9-05