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August 11, 2005

Shuttle Astronauts Get Rousing Welcome In Houston

Engineers Count More Than 100 Dings On Orbiter -- That's About Average

As the STS-114 astronauts were getting a big "welcome home!" at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, engineers in the Mojave Desert were counting the dents and dings on Discovery. It's not that there were any more than usual -- 101, 20 of which measured more than an inch in either length or diameter -- it's just that, in the wake of the Columbia tragedy, everybody's counting.

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Upgraded: X PRIZE's Michael S. Kelly

The X PRIZE Foundation has announced the appointment of Michael S. Kelly as Vice President of the Foundation. Mr. Kelly will be responsible for all engineering, safety and operational activities associated with the annual X PRIZE CUP & PERSONAL SPACEFLIGHT EXPO, a partnership of the X PRIZE Foundation and the state of New Mexico.

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SHHHHH! NASA, Industry Leaders Work On Noise Abatement

Testbed: Modified 777

NASA says the space agency, along with industry partners, are flight testing new technologies to see if they can make aircraft quieter. Scalloped edges on engine exteriors and toboggan-like fittings on landing gear are some of the high tech ideas being tested to reduce aircraft noise.   

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ESA Probe Arrives At Baikonur

Venus Express To Launch in October

Blazing hot temperatures welcomed ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft as it arrived at the Yubileiny airport of the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, over the weekend.

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