Following a very successful 2006, NASA saw its fortunes slip
slightly in 2007... as the shuttle program was hit with a series of
glitches highlighting the agency's reliance on the aging
technology, and casting doubts on whether the agency will be able
to wrap up the program by the mandated 2010 retirement date.
Mars had best watch out. One week after scientists with the
Near-Earth Object Program at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
in Pasadena said the asteroid 2007 WD5 had a 1-in-75 chance of
hitting Mars at the end of the month, a revised look at the data
suggests the odds have grown a lot closer than that.
NASA told ANN Monday the space agency recently awarded a
potential five-year, $75.8 million contract to Canadian Commercial
Corporation of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, for support of hardware and
software associated with the Space Shuttle Remote Manipulator
System robotic arm, inspection boom assembly and robotic work