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Boeing brings space taxi jobs to Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Boeing Co will bring hundreds of jobs to Florida by basing a program to develop passenger spaceships at the Kennedy Space Center, first for NASAand later for commercial use, officials said on Monday. Boeing’s plans will ease some of the pain over thousands of job losses in the so-called Space…

Critics charge Obama sets NASA on ‘path of decay’

By Jean-Louis Santini WASHINGTON — High-profile critics fear President Barack Obama’s commercial overhaul of human spaceflight is going nowhere and could mark the end of half a century of US supremacy among the stars and planets. “We will have no American access to, and return from, low Earth orbit and…

Neil Armstrong says U.S. space program ‘embarrassing’

WASHINGTON — Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, told lawmakers Thursday that the end of the space shuttle era has left the American human spaceflight program in an “embarrassing” state. “We will have no American access to, and return from, low Earth orbit and the International…

Space shuttle Endeavour begins countdown

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — Countdown has begun for the final flight of the Endeavour, scheduled to lift off Monday on the American space program’s second to last mission to the International Space Station. Astronauts will deliver a potent physics experiment to probe the origins of the universe during the 16-day…

Private US firm aims for manned Mars landing in 10-20 years

NEW YORK (AFP) – Private US company SpaceX hopes to put an astronaut on Mars within 10 to 20 years, the head of the firm said. “We’ll probably put a first man in space in about three years,” Elon Musk told the Wall Street Journal Saturday. “We’re going all the…

NASA spared cuts in US spending bill passage

WASHINGTON (AFP) – NASA breathed a sigh of relief Friday after Congress approved a government spending bill that secured $18.5 billion for the US space agency, sparing it from the prospect of cuts. “We appreciate the work of Congress to pass a 2011 spending bill,” NASA administrator Charles Bolden said…

Obama proposes five-year freeze on NASA budget

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Monday proposed reining in expenses at NASA, sending his 2012 budget blueprint to Congress calling for a five-year freeze on new spending at the US space agency. The president would restrict NASA’s budget to last year’s levels, $18.7 billion annually through fiscal 2016. The…

NASA says it can’t afford shuttle replacement

WASHINGTON — NASA this week told Congress it cannot afford to build a new heavy-lift rocket and spacecraft to replace the retiring space shuttle program within the current budget approved by Congress. Lawmakers from the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation shot back that the plan is not optional…

Senate panel approves extension of NASA space shuttle program

A key Senate panel approved Thursday a 2011 budget proposal for the US space agency NASA that would extend the space shuttle program in a compromise from the Obama administration’s demands. Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee unanimously approved the legislation, after months of…

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