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Thiokol changes hands again
Posted: Fri, Feb 2 2:18 PM ET (1918 GMT)
Alliant Techsystems (ATK) announced this week it was acquiring the Thiokol Propulsion division of Alcoa for $685 million in cash. Thiokol, best known for making...

Charles Elachi named new JPL director
Posted: Thu, Feb 1 3:21 PM ET (2021 GMT)
Veteran JPL employee Charles Elachi was named director of the NASA-funded Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Wednesday. Elachi, a researcher and manager at the Caltech-...

NEAR Shoemaker to land on Eros February 12
Posted: Thu, Feb 1 11:29 AM ET (1629 GMT)
NASA's Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) Shoemaker mission will come to an end this month when the spacecraft attempts a landing on the asteroid...

"Cell-like" structures created in interstellar ice
Posted: Wed, Jan 31 2:46 PM ET (1946 GMT)
Scientists have managed to create complex organic compounds and even cell-like structures in icy materials like those that existed in the early history of...

Tito cleared for ISS flight — if he's healthy
Posted: Wed, Jan 31 2:26 PM ET (1926 GMT)
The Russian space agency Rosaviakosmos gave the green light Tuesday for California millionaire Dennis Tito to fly to the International Space Station in late April...

Delta 2 launches GPS satellite
Posted: Tue, Jan 30 2:37 PM ET (1937 GMT)
A Boeing Delta 2 booster successfully launched an Air Force Navstar GPS satellite early Tuesday. The rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on schedule...

A new military emphasis on space
Posted: Mon, Jan 29 9:55 PM ET (0255 GMT)
The new year -- and the new administration -- has brought with it the hints of a change in U.S. national space policy, highlighted by two...

Rotary Rocket to close Roton facility
Posted: Sat, Jan 27 2:24 PM ET (1924 GMT)
Rotary Rocket, a company that tried to develop a low-cost reusable launch vehicle, will close and auction off the California facility where it built...

Glitch hits Mars Global Surveyor
Posted: Sat, Jan 27 12:45 PM ET (1745 GMT)
A short circuit has disabled one of the reaction control wheels on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft, but officials say the problem should...

Progress docks with Mir
Posted: Sat, Jan 27 12:26 PM ET (1726 GMT)
A Russian Progress cargo spacecraft successfully docked with the Mir space station early Saturday, the next major step towards deorbiting the 15-year-old station....



news in brief

"Monster" planet puzzles astronomers
Posted: Sun, Nov 5 10:14 AM ET (1514 GMT)

Chairman of House Science Committee to retire
Posted: Sun, Nov 5 10:13 AM ET (1513 GMT)

news links
Thursday, November 16
Delta II rocket launch at Vandenberg AFB rescheduled for early Saturday morning
KSBY-TV San Luis Obispo, CA — 12:03 am ET (0503 GMT)
Long Beach-based Virgin Orbit scores Department of Defense deal
Long Beach (CA) Press-Telegram — 12:02 am ET (0502 GMT)


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