Articles by Marcia Dunn

Study: Long Stay Makes Astronauts Weak as 80-Year-Olds

  • 30 August 10
  • Associated Press
Astronauts can become as weak as 80-year-olds after six months at the international space station, according to a new study that raises serious health concerns as Russia and the United States contemplate prolonged trips to Mars.

Happy Birthday: Space Station Is 10

  • 21 November 08
  • The Associated Press
The planning couldn't have been better: 10 people in orbit for Thursday's 10th anniversary of the world's most elaborate and expensive housing project, the international space station.

Astronaut's Son Buys Seat on Soyuz Rocket

  • 01 October 07
  • The Associated Press
The son of a retired astronaut is about to follow his father into orbit, after buying a $30 million ticket for a seat on a Russian rocket.

Shuttle Blasts Off After 2 1/2 Years

  • 27 July 05
  • The Associated Press
Discovery and seven astronauts blasted into orbit Tuesday on the United States' first manned space shot since the 2003 Columbia disaster, ending a painful, 2 1/2-year shutdown devoted to making the shuttle less risky and NASA more safety-conscious.

Unidentified Defect Grounds Shuttle

  • 15 July 05
  • The Associated Press
NASA postpones Discovery's mission due to an ""unexplained anomaly.""

Report Slams NASA For Shuttle Disaster

  • 28 August 03
  • The Associated Press
The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's overconfident management and loss of focus on safety ""were as much a cause"" of the Columbia accident as the chunk of foam that dealt a deadly blow to the space shuttle's left wing, investigators concluded.

Space Crew Lands Far Short of Target

  • 05 May 03
  • The Associated Press
In the first landing following the Columbia space shuttle disaster, a Soyuz spacecraft delivered its U.S.-Russian crew to Earth on Sunday hundreds of kilometers off target.

U.S. Space Shuttle Columbia 'Is Lost'

  • 03 February 03
  • The Associated Press
High over Texas and just short of home, space shuttle Columbia fell to pieces, raining debris over hundreds of kilometers of countryside.

Investigators Focus on Damaged Thermal Tiles

  • 03 February 03
  • The Associated Press
Countless clues left investigators with few answers as they probed what caused the breakup of space shuttle Columbia after the deadly disaster spewed debris across hundreds of kilometers.

Shuttleworth Welcomed Aboard

  • 29 April 02
  • The Associated Press
South African space tourist Mark Shuttleworth received a warm welcome Saturday aboard the international space station and settled in for an eight-day, seven-night stay.

Shuttleworth Won't Need A Babysitter During Ride

  • 26 April 02
  • The Associated Press
Another rich adventure-seeker is headed to the international space station. This time, though, the astronauts on board won't have to babysit him.

NASA Looks to Sell Out Space

  • 11 October 01
  • The Associated Press
Following the Russian space agency's lead in accomodating the first space tourist, NASA looks ready to consider the commercial viability of the space-for-sale bandwagon.

Millionaire Has a Ticket to Ride, But to Where?

  • 01 December 00
  • The Associated Press
Dennis Tito, who started dreaming of space flight as a teenager, ownes a very expensive ticket to ride a Russian space craft but there is doubt if he ever will.

Russian-American Crew Enters Home in Space

  • 03 November 00
  • The Associated Press
The first residents of the international space station arrived at their new home on Thursday.

Soyuz Crew Closing In on Space Station

  • 02 November 00
  • The Associated Press
The first residents of the international space station drew closer to their new home Wednesday.

Maiden ISS Mission Blasts Into Space

  • 01 November 00
  • The Associated Press
The men set to be the International Space Station's first residents rocketed into orbit Tuesday.

New Atlas Rocket Is Russian-Propelled

Shuttle Returns to Worries Over Station

Discovery Crew Gets Chilly Welcome

Shuttle Blasts Off for New Space Station

In Space, No One Can Hear a Word

Delays Keep Space Station in Limbo

Russia Asks Station Be Put in New Orbit

Russia Puts NASA Behind Schedule

U.S. Astronaut on Mir Adjusts Spacesuit to Fit

Fearless Wolf Prepares for Mir Tour

Mir Is Perfect Lab for Space Stress Study

Columbia Crew Gets 2nd Shot at Research Mission

Atlantis Blasts Off on Crucial Mir Mission

American Will Help Make Repairs on Russian Station