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  • Pilots Do Texas Chicken Amid Houston Channel Oil Traffic

    It takes an expert pilot to pull off the Texas Chicken.

  • Billionaire Musk Gets Brownsville to Pay for SpaceX

    In a glass-walled conference room at the California headquarters of Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk told Texas officials he was interested in building the world’s first commercial rocket launchpad in their state -- if the state could compete.

  • International Paper Drafts Women in Talent War

    Even the final frontier didn’t change Lauren Scallon’s mind. She rejected NASA for a pulp and paper mill that gets so loud she needs earplugs and where steel-toed boots are de rigueur.

  • NASA May Enlist Astronauts, Celebrities to Entertain Trapped Chile Miners

    The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration may help organize astronauts and celebrities to entertain 33 miners trapped in a mine in Chile during a rescue that may take as much as four months.

  • Jacobs Engineering Beats Lockheed for $1.9 Billion NASA Contract

    Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. beat Lockheed Martin Corp. to retain its biggest U.S. government contract, an agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration valued at as much as $1.93 billion.

  • Dreamliner Battery Maker Also Holds NASA Space Station Contract

    Boeing Co.’s battery woes may not stop with the Dreamliner.

  • NASA Says Six-Ton Research Satellite Falls to Earth Over the Pacific Ocean

    An 11,023-pound research satellite used in the study of Earth’s ozone layer came down today off the West Coast of the U.S., the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said on its website.

  • NASA Drafted to Help Oil Industry Reduce ‘Black Swan’ Type Risk

    Deloitte LLP and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced a joint partnership to help oil and natural gas companies reduce the risk of so-called black swan disasters such as BP Plc’s Macondo spill.

  • On Ice And in Space, Lessons to Keep Chilean Miners Safe, Sane for Rescue

    By David A. Fahrenthold and Marc Kaufman Sept. 1 (Washington Post) -- The lessons that could help keep 33 trapped Chilean miners safe and sane during their months underground were learned at desperate times in isolated places: ice-bound sailing ships, prisoner-of-war camps, malfunctioning capsules whizzing through space. They include: Don't over-promise. Keep track of night and day - even if you can't see daylight. Encourage friendships - but watch out for cliques. Let everybody have privacy - but don't let anybody become a loner. And remember the keys to survival in what psychologists call "extreme environments": Entertainment. Structure. Hope. "I'm not a 'Lord of the Flies' guy. I'm very optimistic this group will be able to stay stable for a long time," said Col. Thomas A. Kolditz, who heads the department of behavioral sciences and leadership at the U.S. Military Academy.

  • SpaceX Craft on Track to Dock With Space Station, NASA Says

    Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s supply ship flew about 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) under the International Space Station and is on track to dock tomorrow, a government official said.

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