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12.16.98 - The six-member crew of Endeavour will return home to Ellington Field, Hangar 276, about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, following their successful 12-day mission to begin construction of the International Space Station.
12.15.98 - The structural test article of a section of the International Space Station truss will be on display for Johnson Space Center employees and news media representatives on Wednesday, December 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
12.08.98 - The STS-95 astronauts will discuss their recent space flight in a presentation to Johnson Space Center employees, contractors and families at the center's Teague Auditorium.
11.13.98 - Media are invited to attend the American Astronautical Society National Conference Monday through Thursday as scientists, engineers and program managers look at plans for the upcoming International Space Station and the exploration of space.
11.07.98 - A revised time for the return of the STS-95 astronauts to Houston following the successful completion of their nine-day space flight has been announced for Sunday, November 8.
11.02.98 - STS-95 Payload Specialist John Glenn, aboard the shuttle Discovery, will deliver a special message to NASA’s 40th Anniversary luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Houston on Wednesday, November 4.
10.27.98 - NASA and PSINet Inc. signed a Space Act Agreement today under which PSINet will provide Internet connectivity for the NASA Shuttle Web, NASA Station Web and NASA Shuttle-Mir Web beginning with the STS-95 mission.
10.26.98 - Congressman Nicholas Lampson (D-Texas) will deliver the keynote address Nov. 17 at this year’s American Astronautical Society National Conference and Annual Meeting at South Shore Harbour Resort in League City.
10.26.98 - The International Space Station today moved to the doorstep of space as the first U.S.-built station component, the Unity connecting module, was moved to the launch pad to be loaded onto the Space Shuttle Endeavour.
10.22.98 - United States Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen will meet the STS-95 astronauts on Monday, Oct. 26 as part of a visit to the Johnson Space Center.
10.20.98 - Texas State Comptroller John Sharp will hold a press conference at Space Center Houston on Wednesday, Oct. 21, to discuss a series of new proposals involving a partnership between the Johnson Space Center, the State of Texas and Texas public universities for the enhancement of engineering, math and computer science skills for Texas high school and college students.
10.14.98 - Research on new materials and products using fullerene fibers -- carbon fiber tubular structures, potentially 30 to 100 times stronger than steel but one-sixth its weight -- is planned by a team at NASA and Rice University.
10.09.98 - The STS-95 press kit is now online, inaugurating a new service that will enable members of the news media and the public to obtain access to each mission's information earlier and with more detail than ever before.
10.07.98 - A series of background briefings on the upcoming STS-95 mission, which will feature the return of John Glenn to space and more than 80 scientific experiments investigating mysteries that range from the inner universe of the human body to studies of our own Sun, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 15, at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, TX, beginning at 8 a.m. CDT.
10.05.98 - The Nov. 17 Leonids meteor storm will present an elevated, though not serious, threat to spacecraft in the vicinity of the Earth for about half a day, according to NASA and Department of Defense experts, who have been studying the potential risk.
10.02.98 - The launches of the first International Space Station components -- the Zarya module and the Unity module -- remain on schedule following a series of technical meetings in Moscow that concluded today with a meeting of representatives from all international partners.
10.01.98 - NASA astronauts will talk about their experiences during the joint U.S.-Russian space program in a free public event Wednesday, October 14, at Space Center Houston.
09.29.98 - A robotic device that could save money, decrease pollution and reduce hazards to people inspecting above-ground storage tanks will be tested at the Johnson Space Center’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory on Oct. 2 by Solex Environmental Systems Inc., a small Houston company which developed it.
08.31.98 - Once again, the hearts of all of us at the Johnson Space Center go out to the Shepard family.
08.27.98 - A cadre of international astronaut candidates has arrived at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, to begin training as members of the 1998 Astronaut Class.
08.25.98 - U.S. news media representatives wishing to cover the launch of the first component of the International Space Station, the Zarya Control Module, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakstan on Nov. 20, 1998, will be required to send a fax or e-mail requesting press accreditation to:
08.25.98 - Astronaut William F. Readdy (Captain, U.S. Naval Reserve) has accepted an assignment as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Shuttle in the Office of Space Flight at NASA Headquarters.
08.25.98 - Astronaut Wendy Lawrence (Cmdr., USN) has accepted a rotational assignment as the Deputy Director of the Strategy and Plans Office in the Advanced Systems and Technology Directorate of the National Reconnaissance Office.
08.24.98 - Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) will hold a town meeting at the Johnson Space Center on Friday, August 28, as part of a series of briefings and meetings regarding the start of assembly of the International Space Station and technological research being conducted at JSC.
08.24.98 - News media representatives are invited to a preview of the Johnson Space Center’s 1998 Open House on Friday, Aug. 28.
08.21.98 - The scheduled town meeting of Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) at the Johnson Space Center on Wednesday, Aug. 26, has been canceled because of a death in his family.
08.19.98 - The Astronaut class of 1998 arrives at the Johnson Space Center August 24 to begin its training and evaluation for future assignments on Shuttle and International Space Station missions.
08.18.98 - Aerojet GenCorp, Sacramento, CA, has been awarded a contract with a value of $16.4 million to provide a deorbit propulsion stage for a technology demonstrator vehicle that is currently undergoing flight tests at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA.
08.07.98 - A flexible, effective monitoring and control program with wide applications for the X-38 project has been developed by the Automation, Robotics and Simulation Division of the Engineering Directorate at the Johnson Space Center.
08.04.98 - Thirteen astronauts have been named to support upcoming Shuttle missions, STS-96, -97 and -98, slated for launch next year and dedicated to continuing the on-orbit construction of the International Space Station.
07.31.98 - Astronaut Dafydd "Dave" Rhys Williams, M.D., of the Canadian Space Agency, has been named Director of the Space and Life Sciences Directorate at the Johnson Space Center.
07.30.98 - A team of veteran astronauts will begin training to install new instruments and upgrade systems to enhance the scientific capabilities of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope.
07.30.98 - Veteran cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, who will be one of the first full-time residents on board the International Space Station, will join the crew of STS-88, the first American assembly mission.
06.28.98 - A memorial service honoring the life of Alan Shepard (Rear Admiral, USN, Ret.), the first American in space, will take place at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, at 2 p.m. CDT Saturday, Aug. 1, in the Teague Auditorium.
07.27.98 - As the launch of Discovery on the STS-95 mission approaches, news media planning to cover the flight are encouraged to make logistical arrangements as early as possible.
07.27.98 - The Missions Operation Directorate at the Johnson Space Center has named four new flight directors for future assignments in the Mission Control Center.
07.22.98 - Alan B. Shepard, Jr., the first American to fly in space and one of only 12 humans who walked on the Moon, died Tuesday night after a lengthy illness in Monterey, CA. He was 74.
07.22.98 - Astronaut Terrence W. Wilcutt (Lt. Col., USMC) will replace James D. Halsell, Jr., (Lt. Col., USAF) as the NASA manager of operational activities at Star City, Russia.
07.17.98 - Veteran astronaut Kevin Chilton, recently selected for promotion to the rank of Brigadier General in the U.S. Air Force, will leave NASA this summer to continue his military career.
07.16.98 - The doors to NASA will be opened wide Saturday, August 29, as the Johnson Space Center in Houston hosts its fourth annual open house.
07.14.98 - Six local residents will be recognized for their outstanding support of the Johnson Space Center in an awards ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the Center.
07.07.98 - NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, has modified its contract with United Space Alliance (USA) of Houston to include more than $900 million in work on the Space Shuttle's solid rocket booster and other shuttle elements.
07.06.98 - Educators from all over the world converged on the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, this summer to take part in a 2-week program designed to share educational techniques and stimulate student interest in the space program.
07.06.98 - A group of 20 teachers from Texas, Tennessee, and Louisiana visited the Johnson Space Center (JSC) on June 8-12, 1998 participating in a program designed to share educational techniques and stimulate student interest in the space program.
07.02.98 - Astronaut Andy Thomas, the final American to live on board the Russian Mir space station, will discuss his journey during a news conference Wednesday, July 8, beginning at 8 a.m. CDT.
06.30.98 - Like an astronaut setting foot on a new world, a six-year-old Virginia Beach, VA, boy can explore Earth during daylight for the first time, thanks to new NASA space suit technology.
06.19.98 - The crew of the recently returned shuttle mission, STS-91, will share their memories of the final shuttle-Mir docking mission at 7:30 p.m. June 29, in Space Center Houston’s IMAX Theater.
06.18.98 - Ohio media organizations are invited to a June 25th photo opportunity with the crew of Shuttle mission STS-95, which includes Senator John Glenn.
06.16.98 - Bringing the benefits of space down to Earth for industrial, scientific, medical and educational application is the focus of displays and demonstrations this fall at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
06.15.98 - Astronaut N. Jan Davis, Ph.D., has accepted an assignment as Director, Human Exploration and Development of Space (HEDS) Independent Assurance.
06.15.98 - The Johnson Space Center’s new Sonny Carter Training Facility Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, used by astronauts to train for spacewalks, will be honored with the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 1997 Texas Outstanding Civil Engineering Award in a ceremony at the facility June 16 at 3 p.m.
06.15.98 - JSC Director George W.S. Abbey has been named the 1998 winner of the Robert R. Gilruth Award in recognition of his accomplishments and dedication to human spaceflight.
06.08.98 - Combine advanced technologies developed for human spaceflight at NASA's Johnson Space Center with the University of Houston's science and business acumen, and Texas gains an innovative resource to take its high-technology sector to new heights.
06.04.98 - Twenty-five women and men will make up the astronaut candidate class of 1998, scheduled to arrive at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, in mid-August to begin one year of training and evaluation.
06.04.98 - Edward S. Campion has been named chief of the Operations and Program Support Branch, Office of Public Affairs, at the Johnson Space Center.
06.01.98 - NASA has formed the Office of Human Space Flight Programs, Russia, to oversee the transition from the Phase One Shuttle-Mir program to the assembly and operation of the new International Space Station.
06.01.98 - Representatives of all nations involved in the International Space Station have agreed to officially target a November 1998 launch for the first station component and to revise launch target dates for the remainder of the 43-flight station assembly plan.
06.01.98 - The first phase of the cooperative effort in space exploration between the United States and Russia will be completed in June 1998 with the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on the ninth docking mission with the Russian Space Station Mir.
06.01.98 - Representatives of all nations involved in the International Space Station have agreed to officially target a November 1998 launch for the first station component and to revise launch target dates for the remainder of the 43-flight station assembly plan.
A photo opportunity with members of the STS-95 crew will be held on Monday, June 1, at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. CDT.
05.28.98 - U.S. Astronaut Andrew Thomas will hold a news conference from the Mir Space Station on Monday, June 1, starting at about 9:40 a.m. CDT to discuss the end of his four-month research mission on the Russian complex and the upcoming end of the Shuttle-Mir program.
05.20.98 - Space Shuttle managers selected June 2 as the official date for the launch of Shuttle Discovery on the ninth planned docking mission with the Russian Space Station Mir.
05.13.98 - Barrios Technology, Inc. and Johnson Engineering Corporation were recently selected as Johnson Space Center’s 1998 Small Business Contractor of the Year by the center Director George W. S. Abbey.
05.13.98 - The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center has become the first NASA field center to earn ISO 9001 certification and one of the largest U.S. research and development organizations so honored.
05.12.98 - NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in conjunction with Space Center Houston, will be hosting the NASA Educator Resource Center Network Training Conference beginning today and running through Saturday, May 16.
05.07.98 - NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) will host a special event May 19 to honor the astronaut crew of the recently completed STS-90 Neurolab Mission.
05.07.98 - A series of briefings May 12 at the Johnson Space Center will present an overview and current status of the International Space Station and its first components and provide in-depth information on the station's orbital assembly and operations.
04.13.98 - President Bill Clinton will visit NASA's Johnson Space Center on Tuesday, April 14 for briefings on various NASA programs.
04.08.98 - Members of the news media are invited to attend press briefings and hands-on demonstrations at training and simulation facilities May 12-14 at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX.
04.03.98 - Space Shuttle program managers today affirmed April 16 as thelaunch date for NASA's second Shuttle mission of 1998 -- a two week life sciences research flight that will focus on the most complex and least understood part of the human body, the nervous system.
03.27.98 - A series of background press briefings on the upcoming STS-90 mission are scheduled beginning at 8 a.m. CST April 2 on NASA TV, originating from NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX.
03.19.98 - JSC civil service and contractor employees are nearing the halfway point of the JASON IX Project, a program allowing thousands of area students and teachers to participate in live telepresence broadcasts with research sites in Monterey Bay and Bermuda.
03.11.98 - Forty-seven teams of undergraduate college students from around the country will "float" through school this month aboard a NASA research aircraft.
03.05.98 - There is a high probability that water ice exists at both the north and south poles of the Moon, according to initial scientific data returned by NASA's Lunar Prospector.
03.05.98 - Astronaut Eileen Collins (Lt. Col., USAF) will become the first woman to command a Space Shuttle when Columbia launches on the STS-93 mission in December 1998.
12.24.98 - The three Mir 25 crewmembers, including U.S. Astronaut Andrew Thomas, will hold a news conference from the Mir space station on Thursday, February 26, starting at approximately 9:52 a.m. CST.
02.13.98 - A press opportunity with members of the STS-95 crew will be held on Friday, Feb. 20, at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST.
02.13.98 - The STS-89 shuttle crew will receive space flight awards, and brief the public about their mission to Mir on February 19, at Space Center Houston.
02.13.98 - Astronaut Curt Brown (Lt. Col., USAF) will lead the crew of the STS-95 mission, supporting a variety of research payloads including deployment of the Spartan solar-observing spacecraft, the Hubble Space Telescope Orbital Systems Test Platform, and investigations on spaceflight and the aging process.
02.06.98 - The Texas Independence Trail Riders will take their trail directly to the Johnson Space Center on their way to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
02.05.98 - NASA's Johnson Space Center is developing a comprehensive program to support Governor George W. Bush's focus on reading by providing 45 JSC employees to serve in the Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) as reading tutors at Hall Elementary School.
02.02.98 - Astronaut Brian Duffy (Col., USAF) will command the third U.S. assembly flight, designated Shuttle mission STS-92, to the International Space Station.
01.21.98 - The Russian Space Agency has nominated veteran cosmonaut Valeriy Ryumin, Ph.D., to fly as a mission specialist on STS-91, set for a May 1998 launch on Discovery.
01.10.98 - Due to scheduling considerations, the media availability previously announced for Tuesday, Jan. 20 with Barbara Morgan, an elementary school teacher from McCall, ID, who has been chosen to join the next astronaut candidate class as a mission specialist, has been moved from the Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, to Boise, ID.
01.16.98 - NASA has selected Barbara Morgan, an elementary school teacher from McCall, ID, to join the next astronaut candidate class as a mission specialist, and she has accepted.
01.16.98 - The International Space Station will complete a major milestone toward its first launch as the first station piece, a U.S.-funded and Russian-built control module, is shipped from a Moscow factory next week to its Russian Space Agency launch site in Baikonur, Kazahkstan.
01.12.97 - The final of six groups of prospective astronauts will visit the Johnson Space Center (JSC) the week of January 12 for interviews, orientation and medical evaluations as the astronaut selection process concludes.
01.08.98 - The night of Jan. 22 was selected today by Space Shuttle Program managers as the launch date for the first flight of 1998 and the eighth to rendezvous and dock with Russia's Mir Space Station.
12.23.97 - A $42.86 million, two and one-half year contract has been awarded to SPACEHAB, Inc., Vienna, VA, by NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston.
12.16.97 - Members of the news media are invited on Friday, December 19 at 9 a.m. CST to attend the completion of the most recent phase of testing of regenerative life support systems as a crew of four volunteers emerge from an air-tight chamber environment after 91 days in a special chamber.
12.09.97 - NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, has selected and awarded contracts to Campbell Engineering and AZ Technology, Inc., both in Huntsville, AL; Hamilton Standard Management Services, Inc.; Lockheed Martin Space Mission Systems and Services; Oceaneering Space Systems; and Spar Operations & Engineering Corporation, all in Houston, TX.
12.09.97 - The three Mir 24 crewmembers, including U.S. astronaut David Wolf, will hold a news conference from the Mir space station on Friday, Dec. 12, starting at approximately 9:05 a.m. CST.
12.05.97 - NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) will host a special event December 17 to honor the astronaut crew of the recently completed eighth and final Shuttle mission of 1997, STS-87.
12.01.97 - The fifth of several groups of prospective astronauts will visit the Johnson Space Center (JSC) the week of December 5 for interviews, orientation and medical evaluations as the astronaut selection process continues.
11.17.97 - The first four crews to live and work onboard the International Space Station (ISS) were named today by both the U.S. and Russian space agencies.
11.17.97 - High school students from the United States and Ukraine and astronauts aboard Space Shuttle Columbia will perform plant science experiments during NASA's STS-87 mission.
11.17.97 - The fourth of several groups of prospective astronauts is visiting the Johnson Space Center (JSC) this week for interviews, orientation and medical evaluations as the astronaut selection process continues.
11.13.97 - Veteran French Space Agency (CNES) astronaut Michel Tognini (Col., French Air Force) will fly aboard Space Shuttle Columbia as a member of the STS-93 crew, slated for an August 1998 launch.
11.12.97 - Johnson Space Center’s unique "Inspection 97" is off to a flying start with thousands of business executives, technology experts, and education leaders visiting the space center for a behind the scenes examination of the technologies and facilities required for human space flight.
11.06.97 - NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) will host a special event at Space Center Houston at 7 p.m. November 12 to honor the astronaut crew of the recently completed Shuttle mission to Mir, STS-86.
11.05.97 - As part of NASA’s comprehensive education program, the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Educator Resource Center (ERC) is now located at Space Center Houston.
11.03.97 - The NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) Nov. 12-14 will host "Inspection 97", a unique opportunity for business, education and community leaders to examine the technology and facilities behind the human space flight program.
11.03.97 - A series of briefings on the upcoming flight of Space Shuttle Columbia on Mission STS-87 will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1997.
10.31.97 - The third of several groups of prospective astronauts will be at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) the week of November 2 for orientation, interviews and medical evaluations.
10.27.97 - Astronaut Michael Foale, who recently returned from his 145-day stay in space, will discuss his journey during a news conference Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 9 a.m. CST.
10.23.97 - Charles J. Precourt (Col., USAF), who has visited the Russian Mir space station twice before, will command the final scheduled Shuttle/Mir docking mission, concluding the joint U.S./Russian Phase 1 Program.
10.22.97 - Media are invited to tour a unique, new, Houston-based NASA airplane, a giant, fat-bodied "Super Guppy," at 3 p.m. CDT Thursday, Oct. 23, at Ellington Field's NASA Hangar 990.
10.17.97 - Four-time Shuttle astronaut Terence T. "Tom" Henricks (Col., USAF) will retire from NASA and the Air Force to begin a career in private industry.
10.17.97 - The second of several groups of prospective astronauts will be at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) the week of October 19 for orientation, interviews and medical evaluations.
10.15.97 - Cosmonaut Salizhan Shakirovich Sharipov, a first-time space flyer, has joined the crew of STS-89, the eighth Shuttle/Mir docking mission.
10.14.97 - NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin and the Brazilian Space Agency President Dr. Luiz Gylvan Meira today signed an implementing arrangement providing for the design, development, operation and use of Brazilian developed flight equipment and payloads for the International Space Station (ISS).
10.10.97 - Technology being designed to protect astronauts working in space is helping two British youngsters enjoy a more normal life.
10.10.97 - Astronaut Andrew S.W. Thomas, Ph.D., has been named as the final U.S. crew member to live and work aboard Russia's Mir space station.
10.08.97 - Three-time Shuttle veteran Kenneth D. Cockrell has assumed the role of Chief of the Astronaut Office, replacing Robert D. Cabana (Col., USMC).
10.08.97 - The next phase of testing of regenerative life support systems has begun at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX.
10.03.97 - The next phase of testing of regenerative life support systems has begun at the NASA Johnson Space Center.
10.02.97 - The first of several groups of prospective astronauts will be at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) the week of October 6 for orientation, interviews and medical evaluations.
10.01.97 - With the first launch nine months away, representatives of the 15 nations building the International Space Station gathered in Houston this week to finalize the station's assembly sequence and confirm that construction remains on target.
09.30.97 - NASA has selected Rothe Joint Venture (RJV), San Antonio, TX, for award of a $68 million contract to provide manufacturing and calibration services to the Manufacturing, Materials and Process Technology Division of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX.
09.17.97 - For the second year, the Johnson Space Center (JSC) is hosting a unique event bringing together leaders from various fields to explore the programs, activities, and technologies of human space flight.
09.16.97 - With three-fourths of the Shuttle-Mir program nearly complete, science investigators and mission managers are preparing for the next phase of cooperative efforts that will lead to the most ambitious peacetime scientific project ever undertaken -- the International Space Station.
09.12.97 - Space Shuttle Program managers today unanimously approved plans for a September 25 launch of the seventh shuttle mission to rendezvous and dock with Russia's Mir Space Station to deliver supplies and return Mike Foale from the outpost following his four month stay.
09.12.97 - Shuttle astronaut and Russian space station Mir veteran, John Blaha (Col., USAF Ret.), will retire from NASA on Sept. 26 to become the Assistant Vice President, Integration Engineering, for USAA Corporation in San Antonio, TX.
09.09.97 - A series of briefings on the next flight of the Shuttle Atlantis to link up to the Russian space station Mir will be held at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, TX, on Tuesday, Sept. 16.
09.05.97 - Three-time Shuttle astronaut Andrew Allen (Lt. Col., USMC) will retire from NASA on Oct. 1 to become president of the FIRST Foundation, Manchester, NH.
09.02.97 - A detailed look at the planned external spacewalk by Mir 24 Commander Anatoly Solovyev, and possibly U.S. astronaut Mike Foale, to inspect the damaged Spektr module on the Mir space station will be the subject of a briefing scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 4 at 11:30 a.m. CDT from NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX.
09.02.97 - Space Shuttle avionics upgrade study contracts have been awarded to Space Systems Division of Boeing-North American, Lockheed-Martin Space Mission Systems and Services and McDonnell Douglas Corp. with the goal of solving obsolescence issues over the lifetime of the shuttle fleet of orbiters.
09.02.97 - Veteran astronaut F. Story Musgrave retired from NASA today to pursue private interests in the communications industry.
08.19.97 - With a theme of "Space...for all people", the Johnson Space Center opens its doors wide to the public for a "behind the scenes" look at the Center and its programs on Saturday August 23, 1997 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
08.19.97 - A detailed look at the planned internal spacewalk by Mir 24 Commander Anatoly Solovyev and Flight Engineer Pavel Vinogradov to reconnect power cables from the damaged Spektr module on the Mir space station will be the subject of a rescheduled NASA briefing now planned for Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 12 noon CDT.
08.13.97 - A detailed look at the planned internal spacewalk by Mir 24 Commander Anatoly Solovyev and Flight Engineer Pavel Vinogradov to reconnect power cables from the damaged Spektr module on the Mir space station will be the subject of a briefing on Monday, August 18 at 1 p.m. CDT.
08.08.97 - The latest developments aboard the Russian Mir space station will be discussed at a status briefing to be conducted at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 1:30 p.m. CDT.
08.01.97 - Astronaut Tom Akers (Col., USAF) a four-time Shuttle veteran and currently Assistant Director (Technical) for the Johnson Space Center, has returned to the Air Force after a 10-year career with NASA.
07.30.97 - Astronaut Wendy Lawrence (Cmdr, USN) has been replaced by her backup, Dr. David Wolf, for the next long duration stay on the Russian Mir space station.
07.24.97 - Space Shuttle Program managers today set August 7 as the launch date for the next Shuttle mission, to deploy and retrieve a science satellite and test a small robotic arm identical to one that will be used on the International Space Station's Japanese Experiment Module.
07.23.97 - A series of briefings on the upcoming flight of Space Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-85 will be held at the Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, TX; the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), FL; and the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Greenbelt, MD, on Monday, July 28.
07.09.97 - Veteran astronaut Jeffrey A. Hoffman (Ph.D.) is leaving the Astronaut Corps after five Space Shuttle flights to become NASA's European representative in Paris, France.
06.30.97 - The Johnson Space Center opens its doors wide for a "behind the scenes" look at the Center and its facilities on Saturday August 23, 1997, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
06.26.97 - The Internatonal Space Station Program passed a major milestone this week as the first U.S.-manufactured component began a year of launch preparations at the Kennedy Space Center, FL.
06.25.97 - Copies of the NASA Mixed Fleet, Payload Flight Assignments, June 1997 edition, are available from the NASA news centers or on the Internet at URL:
06.24.97 - The week of June 30 promises to be a busy and memorable one in the history of space exploration, with the landing of NASA’s Mars Pathfinder spacecraft on Independence Day, a Space Shuttle launch of the STS-94 microgravity science mission, and ongoing activities on Russia’s Mir space station.
06.24.97 - Astronaut Brent W. Jett, Jr. (Cmdr., USN) will replace Michael Lopez-Alegria (Cmdr., USN) as the NASA manager of operational activities at Star City, Russia, near Moscow.
06.18.97 - News media will have opportunities to cover the shipment next week of the first U.S.-manufactured element of the International Space Station, a component called Node 1, from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, to the launch site at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, FL.
06.16.97 - Briefings will be held on Friday, June 20, at the Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, and the Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, to discuss elements of the upcoming flight of Space Shuttle Columbia on the STS-94 mission, the reflight of the Microgravity Science Laboratory-1 mission.
06.13.97 - Astronaut Donald R. McMonagle has been named manager, Space Shuttle Launch Integration, at the Kennedy Space Center, FL, replacing Loren Shriver, effective Aug. 15, following the STS-85 mission.
06.10.97 - U.S. astronaut Jerry Linenger will meet with the news media to discuss his flight on the Russian space station Mir on Friday, June 13 at 8 a.m. CDT at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX.
06.09.97 - A cadre of 14 Space Shuttle astronauts has begun intensive training in preparation for the spacewalks required for on-orbit construction of the International Space Station.
06.04.97 - The first X-38 atmospheric test vehicle, which carries applications for future space vehicles, was shipped today from the Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, to the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA, to begin unpiloted flight tests in July.
06.03.97 - NASA has awarded contracts for $1 million each to Lockheed Martin and the Boeing Company to study a possible, future upgrade to the Space Shuttle in which the rocket boosters that power the Shuttle would fly back to the launch site, rather than drop into the ocean for later recovery.
06.02.97 - Japanese Astronaut Koichi Wakata will fly on STS-92, the third Space Shuttle mission to assemble the International Space Station, set for a January 1999 launch on Atlantis.
05.30.97 - News Media will have an opportunity to photograph the first X-38 atmospheric test vehicle at 1 p.m. CDT Tuesday, June 3, at NASA Hangar 990, Ellington Field, Houston, as it is being prepared for shipment on a cargo aircraft to NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base, CA to begin unpiloted flight tests.
05.29.97 - NASA today signed an agreement with Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX to establish a National Space Biomedical Research Institute.
05.28.97 - A collaborative education venture to locate a Clear Creek Independent School District on the premises of Johnson Space Center (JSC) will be announced at a joint press conference Wednesday by representatives of both organizations.
05.19.97 - NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, has selected Boeing North American, Inc. Space Systems Division of Houston, and Lockheed Martin Space Mission Systems and Services Inc., also of Houston, for award of fixed-price contracts for Phase 1 of the Consolidated Space Operations Contract.
05.19.97 - A press conference with members of the first crew of the International Space Station -- Commander Bill Shepherd, Soyuz Commander Yuri Gidzenko and Flight Engineer Sergei Krikalev -- will be held at 10:30 a.m. CDT Wednesday, May 21 at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX.
05.19.97 - Astronaut Shannon Lucid received the Order of Friendship medal from Russian President Boris Yeltsin during a ceremony at the Kremlin honoring Russian Cosmonauts and international astronauts who have flown on the Russian space station Mir in 1996.
05.15.97 - The official opening for NASA-Johnson Space Center’s new Sonny Carter Training Facility/Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory will take place this coming Monday, May 19 at 10 a.m. CDT.
05.15.97 - The International Space Station Control Board has approved a new baseline schedule that keeps the assembly sequence intact and targets the first station launch for June 1998 -- an eight-month delay from the previous schedule.
05.14.97 - NASA is accepting applications for mission specialist and pilot astronauts for the current selection cycle. Interested individuals may apply until the cut-off date of July 1, 1997.
05.14.97 - NASA's Shuttle Web will provide continuous audio and video coverage of the STS-84 Shuttle-Mir mission in a second test of the latest technology for streaming video over the Internet.
05.09.97 - Fifth-grade students at Ed White Elementary School, El Lago, will highlight a week spent working with NASA engineers to design and build solar-powered model cars with a race at 1 p.m. on May 13 in the school's parking lot.
05.09.97 - A briefing on the status of the International Space Station Program will be held at 8 a.m. EDT May 15 at the Kennedy Space Center, FL, and televised live on NASA TV.
05.06.97 - Poor posture or protracted activities can cause strain and fatigue for workers, including busy astronauts in the seemingly unconstrained weightless environment of space.
05.01.97 - NASA managers today set May 15 as the official launch date for Space Shuttle Atlantis' sixth docking with Russia's Space Station Mir following completion of the Flight Readiness Review at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), FL.
04.28.97 - Beginning Thursday, May 1, the Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, TX, will modify the process news media use to obtain on-site press accreditation.
04.25.97 - Columbia's Microgravity Science Laboratory (MSL) mission will fly again in early July to complete the mission cut short earlier this month because of a fuel cell problem.
04.25.97 - U.S. astronaut Jerry Linenger, more than 100 days into his four-month research mission on the Space Station Mir, is scheduled to conduct his first spacewalk next Tuesday, April 29, to place experiments on two of the station's modules and to retrieve two others deployed outside the Mir last year. He will be joined by Mir 23 Commander Vasily Tsibliev.
04.24.97 - A series of briefings on the next flight of the Shuttle Atlantis to link up to the Russian space station Mir will be held at the Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, TX, on Friday, May 2.
04.21.97 - Four-time Shuttle astronaut Jay Apt will leave NASA in late May to become director of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, PA.
04.18.97 - Richard A. Searfoss (Lt. Colonel, USAF) will command a 16-day mission to study the ability of humans to operate in a microgravity environment for an extended period of time.
04.11.97 - Following a Shuttle program review on the possibilities of reflying Shuttle Columbia and the STS-83 Microgravity Science Laboratory-1, Space Shuttle Program Manager Tommy Holloway released the following statement.
04.10.97 - For the second year in a row, Johnson Space Center senior management along with officials from the Russian space program will join the Nassau Bay community in a celebration of the key role Texas has played in the U.S. space program.
04.09.97 - U.S. astronaut Jerry Linenger will hold a news conference from the Russian space station Mir on Friday, April 11 at approximately 9 a.m. EDT.
04.09.97 - NASA will begin its on-orbit assembly of the International Space Station (ISS) no later than October 1998, and is looking at options that will allow the Agency to work around the delay caused by the late arrival of a key station module.
04.08.97 - Columbia's astronauts are scheduled to return home to Houston Wednesday following the Shuttle's landing today at the Kennedy Space Center.
04.01.97 - Twenty-four teams of undergraduate college students from around the country will "float" through school aboard a NASA research aircraft during a two-week program in April called the 1997 NASA Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities, a pilot program funded by NASA and administered by the Texas Space Grant Consortium.
04.01.97 - On the next space shuttle mission, due to launch April 3, a wide array of experiments in biotechnology, combustion, and materials processing will be run in the space environment.
03.21.97 - Following completion of the Flight Readiness Review yesterday, NASA managers set April 3 as the official launch date for NASA's Microgravity Science Laboratory (MSL-1) mission.
03.18.97 - Astronaut Jeffrey S. Ashby (Cmdr., USN), has been replaced as pilot for the STS-85 crew by astronaut Kent Rominger (Cmdr., USN), a two-time Shuttle pilot.
03.17.97 - Saturday, March 22, marks the one-year anniversary of a continuous U.S. presence in space, which began with the launch of astronaut Shannon Lucid aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis on the STS-76 mission to the Mir space station.
03.14.97 - Seven months after NASA's initial announcement suggesting that a Martian meteorite shows life may have existed on ancient Mars, a panel of science experts will present new data and deliver a progress report on the continuing "Past Life on Mars" discussion at a press briefing scheduled for 12 noon CST, Wednesday, March 19, in the media briefing room at the Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, TX.
03.13.97 - Almost as easily as a paper towel wipes away spilled milk, a layered, pillow-like absorbent pad, developed at NASA’s White Sands Test Facility, may absorb and neutralize toxic and non-toxic chemical spills.
03.12.97 - A series of briefings to preview the activities and objectives of NASA's upcoming Microgravity Science Laboratory-1 (MSL-1) mission will be held on Tuesday, March 18 at the Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, TX, and the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), Huntsville, AL.
03.11.97 - Space Shuttle Endeavour, riding on the back of its 747 carrier aircraft, will make a brief stopover for public viewing at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi March 25, weather permitting.
03.10.97 - The planned final configuration of the International Space Station has been enhanced under a recent agreement signed by NASA with the European Space Agency (ESA) that will have ESA construct two station docking nodes, one of which is a new addition, in exchange for the planned NASA launch of the station's ESA-supplied Columbus laboratory module.
03.07.97 - The National Aviation Club has selected astronaut Shannon Lucid to receive its first annual Achievement Award at a luncheon at noon EST on Wednesday, March 12, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA.
03.07.97 - NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) Tuesday will issue a call for proposals from private industry to begin consolidating the agency’s human and robotic space operations capabilities.
03.04.97 - Astronaut Terrence W. Wilcutt (Lt. Colonel, USMC) will command the eighth of nine planned missions to dock the Space Shuttle with Russia's Mir space station.
03.04.97 - A four-person team that has spent almost two months in a special air-tight chamber at the Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, TX, to test recyclable life support systems similiar to those planned for the International Space Station will be available to media during a press conference at 10 a.m. CST Wednesday, March 5.
02.25.97 - On March 15, NASA Television will begin broadcasting via a new satellite that will allow reception by a wider audience throughout the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii.
02.24.97 - A problem with an oxygen-generating device on the Mir space station last night set off fire alarms and caused minor damage to some hardware on the station.
02.20.97 - The Johnson Space Center (JSC), has teamed up with teachers and students from the local Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) to enter a national robotic competition.
02.18.97 - Astronaut Catherine "Cady" Coleman (Major, USAF) has begun training as a backup Mission Specialist to Donald Thomas, Ph.D., who suffered a broken right ankle on January 29 following the conclusion of a routine training exercise.
02.13.97 - NASA’s Shuttle-Mir Web this week will begin sharing personal accounts of life aboard the Russian space station Mir through letters written by American astronaut Jerry Linenger to his 14-month-old son, John.
02.12.97 - A four-person team living in a special air-tight chamber at the Johnson Space Center to test recyclable life support systems has reached the half-way point of it’s planned 60-day test.
02.04.97 - More than one hundred Texas Independence Trail Riders are expected at JSC tomorrow as the center receives its first installment of two Texas Longhorn Cattle.
01.31.97 - Following completion of a flight readiness review meeting, NASA managers set Feb. 11 as the official launch date for NASA's second Shuttle mission of the year.
01.30.97 - Due to an adjustment in the STS-82 crew's training activities, the pre-flight press conference with members of Discovery's crew has been moved to a new starting time of 1:30 p.m. CST on Friday, Jan. 31.
01.28.97 - A series of briefings to preview the activities and objectives of NASA's second servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) will be held on Friday, Jan. 31 at the Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, TX, and NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC.
01.20.97 - A four-person team is once again living in a special air-tight chamber at the Johnson Space Center testing recyclable life support systems which will be used for future space ventures.
01.16.97 - The United Space Alliance (USA) has recommended, and NASA managers have concurred, that upcoming major modification and normal inspection work on Space Shuttle Atlantis be done at Boeing North American's facility in Palmdale, CA.
01.16.97 - The Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, TX, has awarded a contract to BRSP, Inc. of Houston for Base Operations Support Services at JSC.
01.15.97 - The Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, TX, has selected Krug Life Sciences, Inc., of Houston for award of JSC’s Medical Support and Integration Contract (MSIC).
01.08.97 - Astronaut Michael "Rich" Clifford, a three-time Shuttle veteran, departed NASA on January 6 to join the Boeing Company as Flight Operations manager for the International Space Station Program.
01.07.97 - Following completion of a flight readiness review meeting, NASA managers set January 12 as the official launch date for the first Shuttle mission of 1997.
12.03.96 - NASA engineers at JSC are designing and flight-testing a prototype spacecraft that could become the first new human spacecraft to travel to and from orbit in the past two decades, a spacecraft developed at a fraction of the cost of past human space vehicles.
11.07.96 - Gemini-era astronaut Charles A. Bassett II will be honored for his contributions to space technology when Texas Tech University dedicates an electrical engineering research laboratory to him on Friday.
11.07.96 - Beginning November 2, 1996, the area code for the Johnson Space Center was changed from (281) to 281 as a result of the Texas Public Utilities Commission’s recent decision to split area codes in the greater Houston metropolitan area.
11.07.96 - The Johnson Space Center continues its tradition and commitment to transferring space technology back to the public by opening its doors to more than 1,500 business and industry leaders on Nov. 13-14 for an "up-close" look at the center’s capabilities and technologies.
11.06.96 - NASA astronaut Robert L. "Hoot" Gibson, (Captain, USN Ret.) will leave NASA in mid-November to pursue private business interests.
10.28.96 - At the conclusion of today's STS-80 Flight Readiness Review (FRR) meeting, NASA managers decided to conduct a follow-up FRR on November 4 to review additional analysis that is being conducted on one Reusable Solid Rocket Motor (RSRM) nozzle erosion.
10.23.96 - A series of briefings on the STS-80 mission will be held on Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, TX, the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), FL, and the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Greenbelt, MD. All the briefings will be broadcast on NASA Television.
10.09.96 - On Thursday the STS-79 astronauts will present their traditional post-flight briefing to employees at the Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, TX.
09.12.96 - Three-time Shuttle veteran Curtis L. Brown, Jr. (Lt. Col., USAF) will command the crew of STS-85 during Discovery's 11-day mission to study changes in the Earth's atmosphere.
09.12.96 - When the Space Shuttle Atlantis blasts off on its fourth rendezvous and docking with the Russian Mir Space Station on the STS-79 mission, a prototype International Space Station rack will be on board designed to counter vibrational disturbances that could potentially damage the research results of certain delicate experiments planned on the permanent laboratory in space.
09.10.96 - Astronaut M. Rhea Seddon, M.D., has been assigned to a part-time post at Vanderbilt University's Center for Space Physiology and Medicine in Nashville, TN, effective September 15.
08.28.96 - The first U.S. component of the International Space Station, Node 1, and the U.S. laboratory module have successfully completed proof pressure tests.
08.14.96 - Johnson Space Center employees will open the doors of NASA's laboratories, training facilities and Mission Control Center and welcome the Houston community behind the scenes of the nation's space program during the second annual JSC Open House on Saturday, August 24.
08.07.96 - The Astronaut Class of 1996, including a contingent of international representatives who will help assemble the International Space Station, will report to the Johnson Space Center on Monday, Aug. 12 to begin a training and evaluation period.
06.24.96 - The next group of cosmonauts to occupy the Russian Mir Space Station, including U.S. astronaut John Blaha, will discuss their mission in a prelaunch news conference at 9 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, June 26, from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia.
06.07.96 - Local media are invited to an opening Monday of the NASA Johnson Space Center's new Emergency Operations Center, a high-tech communications and coordinating facility to be used for responding to major emergencies.
05.09.96 - Fifth-grade students at Ed White Elementary School, El Lago, will highlight a week spent working with seven NASA engineers to design and build solar-powered model cars with a race of the models at 1 p.m. May 14 in the school's parking lot.
04.30.96 - NASA on Wednesday will take the first step in awarding a cooperative agreement to establish a National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) to lead efforts in biomedical research with the release of a draft solicitation for proposals.
04.12.96 - With the help of the world1s first underwater World Wide Web site and leading-edge "video-streaming" technology that sends live video images over the Internet, students and teachers will be tracking sharks...
04.09.96 - NASA's Johnson Space Center will celebrate the accomplishments of the Space Shuttle program this Friday, 15 years after the Space Shuttle Columbia1s inaugural launch April 12, 1981.
03.26.96 - NASA, its international partners, and contractors meet this week at the Johnson Space Center for the second Space Station Incremental Design Review.
03.18.96 - NASA Astronaut Shannon Lucid is stepping into the history books alongside pioneers such as Amelia Earhart, Bessie Coleman, Valentina Tereshkova and Sally Ride as she prepares to become the first American woman to spend an extended time in space.
03.11.96 - A rehearsal is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. CST on Wednesday, March 13, 1996, in preparation for the March 14, 1996, 1 p.m. CST live, interactive videoconference with crewmembers from the November 1995 STS-73 United States Microgravity Laboratory 2 mission.
03.04.96 - Images and data gathered during the Galileo spacecraft's investigation of Jupiter will be one of the highlights of the 27th annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference to be held March 18-22 at the Johnson Space Center.
02.22.96 - NASA's White Sands Test Facility, Las Cruces, New Mexico, will be recognized for exceptional progress in reinventing government with the presentation of a Hammer Award from Vice President Al Gore's National Performance Review at 8:30 a.m. March 4, 1996, at the South Shore Harbour Conference Center in League City, Texas.
02.16.96 - Engineering and technical professionals from the Johnson Space Center, Rockwell Space Operations Co., Loral Space Information Systems and McDonnell-Douglas Corp. will visit Houston-area school classrooms during the Feb. 18-24, 1996, National Engineers Week event.
02.09.96 - The competence, courage and commitment of the Tuskegee Airmen, a World War II escort group comprised of African-Americans pilots and the only Army Air Force fighter group never to lose a bomber to enemy planes, will be honored at the Johnson Space Center's Black History Month observance on Monday, Feb. 12.
01.23.96 - The sixth and final group of prospective astronauts will be at NASA1s Johnson Space Center (JSC) January 26 for a week1s worth of orientation, interviews and medical evaluations.