Atlantis space shuttle to retire first

first_imgCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Atlantis will be the first of NASA’s three space shuttles to be retired, most likely in 2008, as the shuttle program winds down in four years, a senior agency official said Tuesday. Atlantis’ parts will be used by the remaining shuttles, Discovery and Endeavour, until the aging spacecraft are mothballed in 2010, shuttle program manager Wayne Hale told workers at the Kennedy Space Center last week. Atlantis, which began flying in 1985, was chosen for retirement first since it was scheduled for maintenance, a process that could take two years. The $3 billion shuttle likely will have four or five more flights to the international space station before retirement. “The reasoning is instead of taking it off-line for two years and spending a lot of money to return it to flight when it probably would fly only one time at the most, why spend that extra money, when you don’t need to?” NASA spokesman Bruce Buckingham said Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurantlast_img read more

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FOUR MASTERS DRAW WITH MONAGHAN HARPS IN ‘THRILLING’ ULSTER INTERMEDIATE FINAL

first_imgThe Four Masters GAA Senior Ladies team have earned a replay after a thrilling finale in their Ulster Internediate Final at Brewster Park.There was chaotic confusion at the end of Four Masters Senior Ladies Intermediate Ulster final against Monaghan Harps at Brewster Park.Having thought they had initially secured a draw in a thrilling finale, they were then informed they had won the Ulster title.However, in another twist they were then told the game did in fact end in a draw. Four Masters produced an excellent performance throughout the match, and pushed Monaghan Harps all the way to the very end.Monaghan Harps settled the better and adapted to the conditions quicker than Four Masters.Played in difficult conditions, scores were at a premium throughout the game and goals were always going to be critical scores.Monaghan Harps first score of the match was a goal, and that rocked Four Masters. However, Four Masters are an excellent side and showed their character and resilience to respond with some excellent points.They went in at the break trailing by two points.Half-time score Monaghan Harps 1-02 Four Masters 0-03Monaghan Harps added the first score of the second-half to lead by three points, before Four Masters stunned them with a superb goal.It was tremendous play from Four Masters to set-up the chance for Patrice Rooney who dispatched her effort expertly. However, Monaghan Harps showed their quality and experience and rallied superbly adding five unanswered points to take command.However, Four Master hit back again with another fantastic goal.Absolutely superb play from Kate McGowan seen her sail past a series of Monaghan Harps players to find the back of the net.Then Kelly Lacey pointed from a free to level the game up, and that’s how the game finished. Howver, there was then some remarkable scenes at the finish, when Four Masters when they informed that had in-fact WON the Ulster title sparking celebrations.However it then emerged the game was in-fact a draw and the two teams will now meet again in a replay.FOUR MASTERS DRAW WITH MONAGHAN HARPS IN ‘THRILLING’ ULSTER INTERMEDIATE FINAL was last modified: November 2nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:four mastersGAAIntermediateLadiesnewsSportUlster Finallast_img read more

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