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Discovery lifts off, finally

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Space shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven rocketed into orbit Sunday evening, setting off on a space station construction mission cut short by launch delays that dragged on for more than a month. The launch, though late, turned out to be flawless and the prettiest NASA managers had ever seen.

Discovery launch planned for today

NASA is unsure what caused the hydrogen gas leak that prevented space shuttle Discovery from flying, but nonetheless will attempt another launch today. Shuttle managers are hopeful that repairs at the launch pad have solved the problem.

Educators reach for the stars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Two science teachers who have spent the past five years under NASA’s tutelage are about to graduate with high-flying honors. The space shuttle flight Wednesday night of Joseph Acaba and Richard Arnold II will mark the first time two former teachers have rocketed into space together. And during the two-week construction mission to the international space station, both will attempt multiple spacewalks – the most dangerous job in orbit.

WSU professor in ‘shock’ after satellite crash

What should have been among the most satisfying moments of George Mount’s career became one of the most disappointing as the project he and other climate researchers had worked on for six years crashed into the Indian Ocean last week. Mount, a professor in the Washington State University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., on Feb. 24 for the launch of a satellite that would accurately measure carbon dioxide levels in Earth’s atmosphere.

Satellite crashes after launch

A NASA satellite designed to measure greenhouse gas emissions and pinpoint global warming dangers crashed Tuesday after a protective covering failed to separate from the craft shortly after launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The loss of the $278 million satellite came as a severe blow to NASA’s climate monitoring efforts, as well as the builder of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va.

NASA announces Europa project

NASA announced plans Wednesday to embark on a 20-year project to send a spacecraft to Jupiter’s ice-covered moon Europa as its next “flagship” mission to search for life elsewhere in the solar system. The mission, managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., focuses on the possibility that in the gigantic ocean believed to be hidden under the moon’s thick cover of ice is a habitable zone where rudimentary forms of life could exist.

2008 joins warmest years on record, NASA reports

WASHINGTON – The year 2008 was the ninth-warmest year since instrumental temperature measurements began in 1880, and all of the nine warmest years have occurred in the past 11 years, NASA reported Tuesday. The new data from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and other government agencies adds to the evidence that scientists have been observing about a warming Earth as burning fossil fuels emits heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere.

Mission: Space Frontiers

Don't call Joe Bruce spacey. Call him Space Guy. OK, he gets a little dreamy when talking about landing a man on Mars or traveling outside the solar system.

Passionate About Space

Joe Bruce is passionate about outer space. He collects items from the space industry in his home, tours and teaches others about space history, and walks around in a blue flight suit.