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Spring stirs pollen, and also dust — high-flying dust that's blown thousands of miles to reach North America in greater amounts than scientists have known before, with potential impact on the climate and air quality. Mineral dust rises from dry...
Is there life elsewhere in the universe? It's a question that has long intrigued astronomers and science fiction buffs alike, and now the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has launched its most ambitious attempt yet to find the answer....
The scheduled touchdown of the space shuttle Atlantis Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida marks the end of a 30-year era in the U.S. manned spaceflight program. The space shuttle Columbia first flew in 1981, and since then the National...
Maryland WeatherIf skies are clear overnight, Marylanders may be able to catch the International Space Station and the shuttle Endeavour as they fly almost directly over Baltimore. It may be the last chance any of us ever gets to see a......
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Maryland WeatherI remembered the belching, billowing smoke at liftoff. I remembered the towering pillar of smoke as the shuttle climbs toward orbit. And I remembered suppressing the fear that something might go wrong.But as my son and I watched Discovery's launch......
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On July 16, 1969 the crew of Apollo 11 blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the historic quest to put the first men on the moon. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of this achievement, Sun photographer Karl Merton Ferron acquired...
Sun StaffGREENBELT -- It happened again. A NASA space shuttle lifted off from Cape Canaveral yesterday morning, and tears pooled in Bruce Schneck's eyes. "Every time we fly, I well up," confessed Schneck, 52, a Baltimore native and Honeywell Technology...
Los Angeles TimesKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - With the thunderous roar of 7.5 million pounds of thrust, equivalent to the power of a small nuclear device, America re-launched its era of space flight yesterday, sending seven astronauts into orbit aboard the space shuttle...
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Sun StaffIn the minutes before the shuttle Discovery landed at a California air base, just before the handshakes and sighs of relief, an unaccustomed silence descended on the Flight Dynamics control room at Goddard Space Flight Center. Technicians and engineers...
Los Angeles TimesHOUSTON - As the slightly damaged orbiter Discovery and its crew began preparations to undock from the International Space Station yesterday, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin defended Discovery's mission, calling it one of the cleanest on record. "It's...
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Maryland WeatherYou can say what you want about the way the news media hype tropical systems that never really grow into 'dangerous' hurricanes. But Fay is a good example of why we can't afford to ignore the little storms.Although it never......
On Feb. 11, 1986, as the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident was plowing through testimony on that January's shuttle disaster, a commission member asked for a glass of ice water. Richard Feynman, a theoretical physicist and...
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