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This Space for Rent

August 1, 1998 &M's were just another candy-coated chocolate until NASA astronaut Shannon Lucid had to do without them for six months. When she confessed her cravings to the galaxy during a news conference from the Russian space station Mir, Lucid launched M&M's into a place in history beside that tangy orange powdered...

Out of Orbit

August 1, 1998 fter 14 turbulent years of planning and replanning, the U.S.-led International Space Station has never been closer to reality. The first two pieces of the station-one American and one Russian-are at their respective launch sites waiting to be hoisted into Earth orbit in November and December. Factories around the world...

The Final Frontier

March 1, 1997 n Sept. 30, 1996, United Space Alliance, a private company, inked an unprecedented $6.9 billion deal with the government to gradually take over the day-to-day operations of America's space shuttle fleet. Three days later, on Oct. 3, a Kennedy Space Center technician flipped the wrong switch during a fire extinguisher...

NASA's Strategic Plan

March 1, 1997 ASA's Renaissance began in Spring 1995. That's when an internal "Zero-Base Review" team proposed sweeping management and organizational changes designed to simplify operations, reduce overlap and cut spending by $5 billion in five years-all without curtailing space and aeronautics programs. The six-month study, conducted in accordance with Vice President Al...

Milestones to NASA's Reinvention

March 1, 1997 1991 NASA projects a $22 billion budget for the year 2000. 1992 Administrator Richard Truly resigns amid dispute over a new management plan for NASA. President George Bush appoints Daniel Goldin, general manager of TRW's Space and Defense Technology Group, as the agency's ninth administrator and as an agent of...

The Final Frontier

March 1, 1997 n Sept. 30, 1996, United Space Alliance, a private company, inked an unprecedented $6.9 billion deal with the government to gradually take over the day-to-day operations of America's space shuttle fleet. Three days later, on Oct. 3, a Kennedy Space Center technician flipped the wrong switch during a fire extinguisher...

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