>US, European, Japanese, Russian and Canadian space officials have
>reaffirmed their determination to see the International Space Station
>completed by its target date of 2010.
>"If we launch without setback, 16 (shuttle) flights are required to
>assemble the ISS and we'll finish sometime early in fiscal 2010, so we
>have, we believe, substantial schedule margin, to complete our job,"
>Michael Griffin, head of the US space agency, NASA, said late Thursday
>The shuttle is expected to be retired in 2010 after 30 years in
>NASA plans to launch another shuttle in May. The first flight since the
>2003 Columbia disaster was in July but it produced new technical
>problems and the flights have been grounded again.
>Columbia stopped work on the ISS, because the shuttle serves as a space
>delivery truck, as it is the only space vehicle able to bring major ISS
>components into orbit.
>Trouble with the loss of insulating foam pulling off the external fuel
>tank on liftoff is still keeping NASA egineers busy, but they appear
>confident it has been ironed out as a cause of potential accidents.
>Foam insulation fell off Columbia's tank and damaged the left wing,
>causing the orbiter to disintegrate upon re-entry into Earth's
>atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts on board on February 1, 2003.
>As part of the construction schedule for the ISS, NASA agreed to speed
>up the despatch of Europe's Columbus laboratory and Japan's Kibo
>These are the European and Japanese contributions to the station --
>which is expected to cost about 100 billion dollars and is being funded
>largely by the United States.
>The European Space Agency chief, Jean-Jacques Dordain said the Columbus
>laboratory will be delivered to NASA in May.
>(c) 2006 AFP
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Here it is 2006, and NASA *still* has enough headaches trying
to cope with the challenges (remember the Challenger shuttle?)
of low-earth orbit manned spacecraft. But things were "easier"
generations ago, back in the bygone era of sliderules, hippies
and flower children. Yupp! Back then, the laws of physics were
a lot easier to deal with than they are now, quite "obviously";
our technology was far more advanced back then, than it is now... :-D
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