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August 31, 2006

NASA Selects Lockheed-Martin To Build Orion

Beats Out Boeing-Northrop Grumman Joint Venture

ANN REALTIME REPORTING: 08.31.06 1515 EDT: Lessons from the past are guiding NASA's next step into the future, as the space agency prepares to replace the space shuttle with an Apollo-style vehicle for human explorers -- and moments ago, NASA named Lockheed Martin as the company to build its next-generation spacecraft.

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NASA Schedules Atlantis Launch For September 6

No Damage Reported To Shuttle, Facilities ANN REALTIME UPDATE 08.31.06 1330 EDT: After confirming the shuttle Atlantis successfully rode out the worst of Tropical Storm Ernesto on launch pad 39-B, NASA has given the go-ahead for another launch attempt next Wednesday, September 6.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 08.31.06

Discovering The Mission Of The Personal Spaceflight Federation

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 08.31.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.31.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Personal Spaceflight Federation: 08.31.06 (ANN Special Feature, with PSF Chairman Alex Tai.)

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NASA Considers Bending Its Own Rules For Atlantis Launch

May Allow Nighttime Launch If Schedule Depends On It

It now appears the space agency has a fighting chance of launching the orbiter before its target date of September 7. But if for some reason that doesn't happen, NASA managers are discussing a backup option -- launching Atlantis at night.

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Russia Ponders New Space Station

Says ISS Will Be Dismantled In 2015

An official with the Russian Space Agency told RIA Novosti this week the International Space Station will be dismantled a mere five years after construction efforts are due to wrap up in 2010... and replaced with a new orbital station.

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