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World 26 Jun 2006 | 12:00 AM

FEATURE - Foam still vexes NASA after fixes to shuttle

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - It's been 3.5 years and hundreds of millions of dollars since the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated. Yet NASA faces the same vexing problem that doomed the orbiter when it tries to launch shuttle Discovery on Saturday.

World 01 Jul 2006 | 12:00 AM

Risk to shuttle far beyond foam, NASA chief says

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - While foam falling from the space shuttle's fuel tank has garnered the lion's share o f NASA's attention, the space agency's chief said on Friday it was far from being the only risk facing Discovery, which is set for liftoff from Florida on Saturday.

World 17 Jul 2006 | 12:00 AM

Space shuttle ends successful mission in Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. Space shuttle Discovery landed smoothly in Florida on Monday at the end of a 13-day mission meant to show the fleet is fit to fly safely, three years after the fatal Columbia accident.

World 18 Jul 2006 | 12:00 AM

Space shuttle lands in Florida, NASA 'back on track'

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The U.S. space shuttle Discovery landed smoothly in Florida on Monday, ending a successful 13-day mission that NASA hopes will return the U.S.-built shuttles to regular space flights three years after the Columbia disaster.

World 13 Aug 2006 | 12:00 AM

Furthest from the sun, Pluto comes under attack

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Despite being the farthest planet from Earth in our solar system, Pluto has come under attack from astronomers and may be about to lose its status in the battle.

World 04 Oct 2006 | 12:00 AM

Nobel academy? No way! How did you get my number?

BERKELEY, Calif. (Reuters) - Astrophysicist George Smoot spends his days pondering the origin of the universe. But when his phone rang before dawn on Tuesday with news that he and fellow American John Mather won the 2006 Nobel prize for physics, he was skeptical about the origin of the phone call.

World 05 Oct 2006 | 12:00 AM

Distant planets orbit their stars every 10 hours

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Astronomers have discovered a possible new class of planets outside the solar system that hug their parent stars so tightly that they take less than a day to complete an orbit.

World 18 Oct 2006 | 12:00 AM

New image gives insight into colliding galaxies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A seemingly violent collision of two galaxies is in fact a fertile marriage that has birthed billions of new stars, and an image released on Tuesday gives astronomers their best view yet.

Lifestyle 23 Oct 2006 | 12:00 AM

Bad case of long-sightedness

By MARY SCHNEIDER

World 28 Oct 2006 | 12:00 AM

NASA mulls fate of coveted Hubble Space Telescope

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA managers debated on Friday whether to risk a space shuttle flight on a mission to extend the life of the Hubble Space Telescope.