A veteran space shuttle astronaut, Joe Tanner, has left NASA to
accept a position in the private sector. Tanner flew on four space
shuttle missions and performed seven spacewalks. "Joe has played an
extremely important role for both our office and the agency as a
whole throughout his many years with NASA," said Steve Lindsey,
astronaut office chief.
Boeing's commercial launch business has successfully launched
the GeoEye-1 satellite today aboard a Delta II rocket procured from
United Launch Alliance (ULA). Liftoff occurred, Saturday, at 11:50
a.m. Pacific time from launch pad SLC-2W at Vandenberg Air Force
Base, Calif. The ULA Delta II rocket deployed the spacecraft
approximately 58 minutes after liftoff.