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Atlantis docks with ISS
Posted: Fri, Feb 9 1:17 PM ET (1817 GMT)
The space shuttle Atlantis successfully docked with the International Space Station Friday, setting the stage for the installation of a critical station module tomorrow. The...

X-33 aerospike engines pass first twin-firing test
Posted: Fri, Feb 9 11:21 AM ET (1621 GMT)
Two engines that will be used by NASA's X-33 reusable launch vehicle technology demonstrator successfully completed their first test firing this week. The...

Advisory panel asks NASA to set lifetime for shuttle program
Posted: Thu, Feb 8 6:21 PM ET (2321 GMT)
An independent advisory panel recommended Thursday that NASA set a service life for the space shuttle program long enough to allow it to be the...

Technical glitch shelves station spacesuits
Posted: Thu, Feb 8 3:33 PM ET (2033 GMT)
A problem with the radios in two Russian spacesuits on the International Space Station has made them virtually unusable, a MSNBC report published late Tuesday...

Atlantis lifts off on ISS mission
Updated: Thu, Feb 8 1:22 AM ET (0622 GMT)
Originally Posted: Wed, Feb 7 8:08 PM ET (0108 GMT)
The space shuttle Atlantis lifted off Wednesday at 6:13 pm EST (2313 GMT) from Florida's Kennedy Space Center. The launch took place two...

Ariane 4 launches two military satellites
Posted: Thu, Feb 8 12:45 AM ET (0545 GMT)
An Ariane 4 booster successfully launched two European military communications satellites Wednesday night. The Ariane 44L, a version of the Ariane 4 that uses four...

U.S. commercial space transportation industry valued at $61 billion
Posted: Wed, Feb 7 12:35 PM ET (1735 GMT)
The American commercial space transportation industry accounted for $61.3 billion in economic activity in 1999, an FAA report issued Wednesday concluded. The report, using...

Report: export control policies cost U.S. companies over $1 billion
Posted: Wed, Feb 7 9:28 AM ET (1428 GMT)
Strict export controls on American satellites cost the industry over $1 billion dollars and 1,000 jobs in 2000, a study released Tuesday claimed. The...

STS-98 countdown proceeds smoothly
Posted: Wed, Feb 7 9:15 AM ET (1415 GMT)
The countdown towards Wednesday evening's launch of the shuttle Atlantis continues with weather at emergency landing sites the only major concern. The shuttle is...

New Congress ready to tackle space issues — slowly
Posted: Tue, Feb 6 5:48 PM ET (2248 GMT)
The 107th Congress is ready to start dealing with space issues, but the new chairman of a key committee made it clear Tuesday that space...

news in brief
ULA and SpaceX split Air Force launch awards
Posted: Sun, Mar 18 12:07 PM ET (1607 GMT)

British commercial space bill becomes law
Posted: Sun, Mar 18 11:50 AM ET (1550 GMT)

news links
Tuesday, March 20
SpaceX in early talks to build a manufacturing facility in the Port of LA
Torrance (CA) Daily Breeze — 5:28 am ET (0928 GMT)

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