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Apollo Reborn, almost

In comparison Griffin’s agency will only have four hundred million dollars this year and its budget for Exploration Transportation Systems, the catch-all term for the new launchers and spacecraft, will not increase substantially until the Space Shuttle fleet is retired in 2010. Then the agency will have about six billion dollars to play with. Even with that much money, and don’t forget Apollo was spending, on average, $13 billion a year, the original NASA plan to put astronauts on the Moon by 2015 and have a first test flight of the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) in 2008 have been dropped.

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Griffin to take shuttle flights one at a time

Seven
of its 26 members, including five shuttle flight veteran Susan Helms,
criticised NASA heavily in the report for an absence of managerial
accountability and management arrogance, which saw ideas dismissed out
of hand.

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Discovery is safe, but what next for the fleet?

Retirement for the fleet may not mean all three remaining shuttles,
Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour being retired at the same time. There
are rumours that Discovery, now the oldest shuttle at 22 years of age,
could be retired in 2007.

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The show must go on!

Television and radio seems to many like a glamorous world. Apparently adoring millions tune into to listen to the popular disc jockey or to watch the latest television presenter, whose love life adorns the pages of the tabloids.

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From Russia in orbit

Winston Churchill said of Russia’s intentions in 1939 that it was a ‘riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma’. Fortunately today the future of its space programme is much easier to determine, and finding out about that was one of the reasons for my arrival in Moscow on 2 July on an Aeroflot Ilyushin 96-300.

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The end for the Shuttle?

Flight International’s spaceflight specialist Rob Coppinger writes: It was flawless, they said, a flawless launch and a flawless vehicle. Sadly that viewpoint was utterly flawed. Twenty four hours after the launch and NASA is back to square one with a grounded shuttle fleet and another external tank (ET) problem.  Ironically one of the Columbia Accident […]

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Manned spaceflight is non-negotiable

With the Space Shuttle’s return to space delayed – not wholly surprisingly – the people who would like to see manned exploration put on the back-burner (probably for a couple of decades if they’re honest) are naturally taking the chance to give it another kick. But they’re wrong. As a species we can technically and […]

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