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Congressional Bill Calls for Commission on Planetary Defense

July 6th, 2010

  How best to thwart Earth-threatening objects is receiving increased attention in Washington, D.C. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (Republican from California) has introduced a bill calling for the establishment of a United States Commission on Planetary Defense. Such a group would offer guidance, among a list of tasks, on neutralizing a Near Earth Object (NEO) that […]

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Last Flight for Atlantis Begins Tomorrow

May 13th, 2010

Absent congressional action to delay the end of the space shuttle program, the Atlantis orbiter will make its final flight to orbit at 2:20 pm EDT tomorrow.   The weather forecast for the STS-132 launch is 70% favorable.  The 12-day mission will take a Russian mini research module and other equipment and supplies to the International Space Station (ISS).

Under the current plan, only two more shuttle flights remain:  STS-133 (Discovery) in September and STS-134 (Endeavour) in November.

 

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