Sunday: July 27, 2003  0520 GMT
Space entrepreneurs seek regulatory relief
Entrepreneurs creating new commercial space companies as well as those interested in investing in those companies said this past week that Congress needs to take several steps to improve regulations to allow those companies to flourish.
Next International Space Station crew named
Veteran NASA astronaut Michael Foale and seasoned Russian cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri are set to be the eighth crew to live aboard the International Space Station. They're scheduled to begin their mission in October, when they launch into space aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
Saturday: July 26, 2003  0433 GMT
Giant gas cloud made of atoms formed in first stars
Astronomers studying the most distant quasar yet found in the Universe have discovered a massive reservoir of gas containing atoms made in the cores of some of the first stars ever formed.
Canadian team maps halos around galaxies
Two University of Toronto astronomers and a U.S. colleague have made the first measurements of the size and shape of massive dark matter halos that surround galaxies.
Friday: July 25, 2003  0601 GMT
Pentagon strips 7 launches from Boeing Delta 4 rocket
The U.S. Air Force has revoked $1 billion of launches from Boeing's Delta 4 rocket program, handing them to rival Lockheed Martin's Atlas 5 rocket, as punishment for corporate mischief during the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle development.
China could begin manned spaceflight soon
China's clandestine manned space program could be just a few months away from its first human journey into orbit, a feat the nation has been striving toward for over a decade.
Thursday: July 24, 2003  0409 GMT
Two options emerge for NASA's Orbital Space Plane
Advocates for two differing generic designs for NASA's proposed Orbital Space Plane, a winged vehicle versus a capsule, made their cases for their preferred concepts during a Washington forum this week, debating the merits of advanced technology versus low-cost designs.
Pluto explorer to launch atop Atlas 5 rocket
NASA has tapped Lockheed Martin's Atlas 5 rocket to launch the world's first robotic expedition to the planet Pluto. The New Horizons mission is scheduled for launch in January 2006.
Investigators release report on X-43A launch failure
The NASA mishap investigation board, charged to review the loss of the X-43A Hyper-X program research vehicle during its June 2, 2001 launch, concluded no single factor or potential contributing factor caused the mishap. The flight failed because the vehicle's control system design was deficient in several analytical modeling areas, which overestimated the system's margins.
Wednesday: July 23, 2003  0156 GMT
Ham overcome by emotion when describing anguish
In an emotion-charged meeting with reporters, Linda Ham, chairman of NASA's mission management team and a lightning rod for criticism of decisions made - or not made - during the shuttle Columbia's ill-fated voyage, spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday, defending NASA's management practices but agreeing major changes are needed.
A pancake shapes distant galactic center
While a person's shape can be affected by pancakes, especially if you eat too many, you may not expect the same to be true on a cosmic scale. As it turns out, at least for the Circinus spiral galaxy, a pancake can shape an entire galactic nucleus.
Orbiting eyes help track hot fires on Earth below
NASA satellites' "eyes" above Earth are providing scientists and fire managers with powerful monitoring tools. NASA is providing the "big picture" needed to understand how fires behave before, during, and after damage has been done. A suite of NASA satellites, flying in coordinated fashion, offers the unparalleled insight only possible from space.
Tuesday: July 22, 2003  1205 GMT
Management team hardly discussed foam strike
Transcripts of meetings by senior NASA managers during the shuttle Columbia's ill-fated flight show mission management team chairman Linda Ham and other top officials, despite a dearth of technical data, simply did not believe falling insulation from the ship's external fuel tank could cause a catastrophic breach in the ship's left wing.
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'Stunning' stat for parent stars of extrasolar planets
A comparison of 754 nearby stars like our Sun -- some with planets and some without -- shows definitively that the more iron and other metals there are in a star, the greater the chance it has a companion planet.
Team gives FUSE spacecraft triple brain transplant
NASA's Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer satellite was given a new lease on life following the successful implementation of new software in three computers that work together to control the precision pointing of the telescope.
Monday: July 21, 2003  0640 GMT
Microflares on Sun could play major role in corona
The Sun's big, bright, explosive flares are the attention grabbers, but tiny, more numerous microflares may have nearly as much influence on the solar atmosphere, according to new data from the University of California, Berkeley's RHESSI satellite.
One step closer to next-generation spaceflight
The kerosene-fueled RS-84 engine, one of several technologies competing to power NASA's next generation of launch vehicles, has successfully completed its preliminary design review. The RS-84 engine development is part of NASA's Next Generation Launch Technology program.
SpaceDev wins small launch vehicle contract
SpaceDev has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research contract by the Air Force Research Laboratory to design and begin the development of the SpaceDev Streaker small launch vehicle. SpaceDev Streaker will be designed to responsively and affordably lift up to 1,000 pounds to Low Earth Orbit.
News Archive
July 14-20: Enhanced version of Atlas 5 rocket debuts successfully; Columbia crew module likely survived shuttle breakup; Detailed maps reveal early Universe galaxy distribution; Hubble tracks down a galaxy cluster's dark matter.

July 7-13: Earth's Opportunity rover launched to Mars; Foam impact test blows hole in shuttle wing panel; Detailed failure scenario released by Columbia board; Shuttle team to attempt recovery of Atlas 5 boosters; Farthest and oldest known planet confirmed; Pluto's atmosphere is expanding, researchers say.

June 30-July 6: Foam strike email to shuttle commander released; Shuttle program announces personnel changes; Launch of Mars rover Opportunity delayed; Celestial fireworks; Solar system 'most similar' to our own discovered; Minimal data loss expected from SOHO problem; Rockot booster launches 9 payloads.

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