Us extends shuttle mission to issim-3c (Space Shuttle missions to ISS - October 29, 2001).
In September of 2001, a new booster stage on a NASA contract to launch a test mission to orbit, ISSN 1532-3545, lifted off from Cape Canaveral AFB to be used for resupply of the International Space Station. The Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-62) was expected to lift off on a new rocket, but was not scheduled to return to flight until February 2004.
On November 23, 2001, Orbital Sciences Space Systems Company (OSSC), an Israeli space corporation, completed its work on two Orbital Sciences Antares rockets and six Cygnus spacecraft as part of the Antares-1 and Antares-2 vehicles.
The Antares-2 launch was intended to replace an older version of the Orbital Sciences Antares rocket, and was expected to lift off from Cape Canaveral AFB in September 2005.
NASA announced the end of Antares-1 on March 30, 2006, after having been in the works since May 2008. The Antares-2 launch was a joint venture between ATK, NASA and SpaceX. The Antares-2 rocket will not continue its mission.
Launch Complex 40 at Vandenberg Air Force Base was used by NASA to launch the Shuttle's first two Space Shuttle missions, STS-60 and STS-61, in May 1994, STS-63 in July 1994, STS-64 in May 1995, and STS-65 in January 1996.
The final space shuttle launch occurred on March 15, 1997, when the United Launch Alliance Atlas 5B rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral AFB.
Tanks were stationed near the launch pad on April 5, 1998, when the Shuttle Atlantis, Space Shuttle Discovery and Discovery D trundles arrived on orbit.
On January 17, 1999, the crew of Shuttle Columbia, Discovery, Shuttle Endeavour and Columbia resupply mission began, while on March 30, 1999, the crew of Discovery was evacuated from orbit for a second time in two years. NASA announced on May 17, 1999 that the shuttle would be deorbited on March 28, 2000 after the end of its primary mission.
In April 2000, the second commercial crew mission, the first of four manned flights, was launched aboard the shuttle Atlantis for Orbital Sciences with STS-68, and two other Cygnus spacecraft on board for the same mission. In September 2000, the last remaining shuttle mission was NASA Flight Simulator 5C, which landed in Florida in February 2001.
The next commercial crew missions were: STS-69 in October 1999, STS-70 in May 2000 and STS-71 in November 2000.
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Farmers warned of locust threat, not just in Georgia, but across the country
By Patrick J. Lynch
June 28 (Reuters) - Farmers reported severe flooding across Georgia during a historic crop year but said there was little evidence to link it to rising sea levels, a report said on Tuesday.
Severe water restrictions caused by the severe flood inundation in southern Georgia in early June triggered a warning by the U.S. National Weather Service, the report said.
In August 2005, the severe flood inundation, which killed about 6,000 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless, killed another 1,000, according to the report.
In 2012, that season, some 1,400 people died and 6,300, including dozens of children, were left homeless during the flooding in the south-eastern Georgia county of Georgia and surrounding states, the NWS said.
Roughly two-thirds of Georgia's population is concentrated in the rural areas of coastal Georgia, according to state figures. About 2.3 million residents live in rural areas in the state, which shares a border with Georgia's South.
The flooding of the coastal region, however, is unusual and far from typical, the report said.
"This unusual event is quite an extreme response to flooding that's been seen only in very severe, extremely violent events," the report said, adding that flooding in the region has "not been seen in the past 100 years in the U.S."
"Despite the significant impact that this flood was having on the area, the extreme levels of flooding and damage to the region, we were not expecting this to be so high or to be this damaging," U.S. Army Corps of Engineers forester Greg Harris told the report.
The report said, however, that there was a "broad scientific consensus" among regional experts that "all the evidence suggests this flood is likely related to climate change."
Satellite data suggest rising seas in both northern and southern China, Africa and Russia could increase risk for rising sea levels.
(Reporting by Patrick J. Lynch; Editing by David Gregorio)
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