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Sep 24, 2007

Beagle to the Moon mission wins preliminary approval. NASA has given preliminary approval for a mission that would search for water supplies on the surface of the Moon that could support astronauts living on a future moon base. The agency authorized a study into adapting Beagle 2, which crash-landed on Mars in 2003, for a moon landing. If the mission is approved next year, it could launch in 2012. Sep 23, 2007

NASA officials say the agency's new rover will allow astronauts to putter around the Moon in the comfort of their shirtsleeves, requiring them to don spacesuits only if they need to leave the vehicle. "I call it a cross between a sports car and a spacesuit," said NASA astronaut Mike Gernhardt. Officials say the vehicles will allow researchers to explore the Moon without worrying about how far they are from an established base. Sep 21, 2007

US Space shuttle Discovery might still make its launch on schedule, as technicians repairing faulty seals on the orbiter's landing gear were able to complete the work faster than expected. "Right now, we're still targeting Oct. 23. That's not off the table," NASA spokesman Allard Beutel said. "We didn't encounter any glitches while we were putting it back together. There's nothing else we think would pop up." Sep 20, 2007

NASA is advertising for astronauts and says it plans to hire 10 to 15 people. The NASA recruits will train primarily for three- to six-month missions aboard the international space station, and some could wind up walking on the Moon. "Yes, I think it's quite likely," said Ellen Ochoa, the director of flight crew operations at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. The new astronauts will be announced in spring 2009, and begin training the following August. Sep 19, 2007

Landing gear repair could delay shuttle Discovery's launch. The planned Oct. 23 launch of space shuttle Discovery could be delayed by a needed repair of a leak in a strut that acts as a shock absorber for the orbiter's landing gear, according to NASA...

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