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History Flashback
This retrospective looks to the daring inaugural flight of space shuttle Endeavour in May 1992 as three spacewalking astronauts rescued the wayward Intelsat communications satellite.
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Rover looks into crater
The spectacular high-resolution, color panorama from the Mars rover Opportunity at the edge of Endurance Crater is presented with expert narration by Steve Squyres, the mission's lead scientist. (2min 08sec file)
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The Columbia Hills
Explore the Columbia Hills at Gusev Crater where Spirit is headed in this computer-generated movie using imagery from orbit. Expert narration by Amy Knudson, science team collaborator. (3min 11sec file)
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Thursday's Mars briefing
The Mars rover Opportunity's arrival at Endurance Crater and Spirit's trek to the Columbia Hills are topics in this news conference from May 6. (42min 12sec file)
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Tale of Soyuz ride
Expedition 8 commander Mike Foale describes what it is like to land in a Soyuz capsule and reflects on his half-year mission aboard the International Space Station in this post-flight interview. (23min 37sec file)
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Sunday: May 9, 2004  0401 GMT
Closer to the monster
Fulfilling an old dream of astronomers, observations with the Very Large Telescope in Chile have now made it possible to obtain a clear picture of the immediate surroundings of the black hole at the centre of an active galaxy.
Safety at Kennedy Space Center honored with award
NASA's Kennedy Space Center recently was recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, joining an elite group of organizations considered to have the best safety programs in the nation.
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European shuttle prototype lands safely -- (AP) An unmanned prototype of a European space shuttle glided safely back to Earth on Saturday after being dropped from nearly 8,000 feet up by a helicopter.
Saturday: May 8, 2004  0231 GMT
Two extremely hot exoplanets caught in transit
A European team of astronomers are announcing the discovery and study of two new extra-solar planets. The observations were performed in March at the Paranal Observatory in Chile.
New satellites to solve mysteries of atmosphere
Two NASA missions to explore the boundaries of Earth's atmosphere with space are scheduled for launch in 2006. Both have recently completed preliminary design phases and are ready to proceed with hardware fabrication, integration and testing.
Milestone completed on military satellite program
Lockheed Martin announced this week that it has successfully completed on-schedule the critical design review phase of the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) program and is beginning production of the next-generation military communications satellite system.
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Talk recalls Shepard's Mercury exploits -- (The Huntsville Times) While Wernher von Braun and his rocket team were perfecting the Redstone rocket for the first manned Mercury mission, astronaut Alan B. Shepard wanted to get on top of a test stand beside the missile during a test.

Test glide of European shuttle delayed -- (AP) The planned test glide of a European space shuttle prototype was postponed Friday while technicians analyzed data from a test flight earlier this week, a project spokeswoman said.

Friday: May 7, 2004  0624 GMT
Opportunity rover poised on rim of 'spectacular' crater
NASA unveiled a dramatic image from the Opportunity Mars rover Thursday, a color panorama looking into a 30-foot-deep, football field-wide crater showing cliffs of exposed bedrock that may help unlock the geologic history of the region.
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GOES-8 weather satellite retires from service
It tracked some of the most memorable tropical cyclones on recordčfrom the famous parade of storms in 1995, when five tropical cyclones were active in the Atlantic at the same timečincluding the deadly Hurricane Mitch, which devastated parts of Central America in 1998. On Wednesday, NOAA officially deactivated the eighth satellite in the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) series.
Thursday: May 6, 2004  1710 GMT
Cassini spies on Titan
The veils of Saturn's most mysterious moon have begun to lift in Cassini's eagerly awaited first glimpse of the surface of Titan, a world where scientists believe organic matter rains from hazy skies and seas of liquid hydrocarbons dot a frigid surface.
Study may cast doubt on '96 report of past Mars life
The scientific debate over whether a meteorite contains evidence of past life on Mars continues to intensify, with colleagues of the team that announced the possibility in 1996 revealing new findings that may cast doubt on some of that earlier work.
NASA's Genesis spacecraft on final lap toward home
The Genesis spacecraft flew past Earth a few days ago in a loop that puts it on track for home - and a dramatic mid-air recovery Sept. 8. The mission was launched in 2001 to capture samples of the solar wind for return to Earth-bound scientists.
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Alcatel to build the Jason-2 oceanographic satellite -- Alcatel Space announced that it has been chosen by French space agency CNES to build the Jason-2 spatial oceanographic satellite. This satellite, designed to monitor oceans and climate, will carry on the mission of Jason-1, launched on December 7, 2001.
Wednesday: May 5, 2004  00320 GMT
Illuminating the 'dark ages' of the universe
Astronomers who want to study the cosmic dark ages face a fundamental problem. How do you observe what existed before the first stars formed to light it up? Theorists have found a solution.
New satellite for DirecTV users launched from sea
Dozens of communities across America will receive local network television programming via a satellite successfully launched into space Tuesday where it joins a fleet of direct-to-home broadcasting craft operated by DirecTV.
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Boeing hires ethics watchdog to win back Air Force -- (Reuters) Boeing Co. on Tuesday said it has hired an independent ethics officer who will report to the U.S. government as part of an emerging agreement that would end sanctions banning Boeing from bidding on billions of dollars of military rocket launch contracts.

Presidential panel weighs in on Moon, Mars -- (AP) The commission that will advise President Bush next month on how best to implement his new space exploration vision said Tuesday that sending astronauts to the moon and Mars is a glorious endeavor, but needs down-to-Earth justification to sustain public support.

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Luxembourg to sign agreement on accession to ESA -- On May 6, Erna Hennicot-Schoepges, Minister for Culture, Higher Education and Research of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of ESA, sign the Agreement on Luxembourg's accession to the ESA Convention.

NASA scientists and engineers receive presidential awards -- Four NASA-funded researchers received Presidential Early Career for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) awards Tuesday at the White House.
Tuesday: May 4, 2004  0110 GMT
Mars rover looks inside Endurance Crater
The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached Endurance Crater, returning a stunning view inside the 430-foot diameter impact crater at Meridiani Planum. NASA has released this first look at Endurance in this 180-degree panorama, plus a three-dimensional version.
Galaxy family has close interaction in cosmic tango
Stars like our Sun are members of galaxies, and most galaxies are themselves members of clusters of galaxies. In these, they move around among each other in a mostly slow and graceful ballet. But every now and then, two or more of the members may get too close for comfort - the movements become hectic, sometimes indeed dramatic, as when galaxies end up colliding.
Monday: May 3, 2004  0203 GMT
DirecTV satellite to be launched from Pacific
The Sea Launch fleet has arrived on station in the mid-Pacific Ocean in advance of its second mission of the year -- deployment of the DirecTV 7S broadcast satellite early Tuesday morning.
Computer 'mobile agents' and robot tested by NASA
NASA scientists has resumed testing 'mobile agent' software that someday may help astronauts on Mars talk with mission control on Earth. The tests are taking place in Utah's Southeast Desert in a NASA field operation that began last week and continues through May 9.
News Archive
April 26-May 2: Soyuz capsule brings Expedition 8 crew back to Earth; All future shuttle missions geared to space station; Rocket options examined for moon-Mars initiative; Astronaut Hall of Fame inducts 2004 class; Hubble telescope shows demise in ice and fire; Mars Express radar deployment postponed.

April 19-25: Soyuz delivers Expedition 9 residents to space station; NASA mulls new problem with station gyroscopes; Spacecraft launched to test Albert Einstein's theories; Intermediate mass black hole mystery resolved; Researcher predicts Jupiter spots will disappear.

April 12-18: Hubble observes planetoid Sedna as mystery deepens; Invisible giants exposed in new Spitzer image; Japanese Superbird soars to space atop Atlas launcher; Cassini spots Saturn moons; Mars rover finds rock like meteorites on Earth; SOHO sees its 750th comet.

April 5-11: Mars rovers have missions extended through Sept.; Successful X-43A mission proves scramjets work; Saturn moon casts 'once-in-a-lifetime' shadow; Cassini watches as two storms merge on Saturn; Stars appear as grains of sand in nearby galaxy.

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