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Why did NASA dispense with the Shuttle programme?

Todd Bowen

The Space Shuttle programme was conceived as a plan to design a spacecraft that could work as a reusable ‘space truck’. It would be used as a workhorse to provide cheap access to low Earth orbit for the US and associated partners. The main goal of the Space Shuttle was the planned construction of a United States space station in the early-Nineties. After completion of this station, the Shuttle would then be retired and replaced with a new vehicle.

Despite flying 135 missions, the Shuttle never really fully achieved its original plans, with nine flights being the most

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Whole Detroit

A sustainable, locally focused Whole Foods Market adds to the revitalization of Detroit’s Midtown district

Urban «food deserts» have been a problem in major cities, like economically hard-hit Detroit, for years. But now there is a bright light on the horizon of the Mo­tor City’s retail landscape with the June opening of a Whole Foods Market in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood, a flourishing area a few miles from downtown. The new, ground-up construction opened to much fanfare, free food samples and speech-giving politicians, plus throngs of eager customers who no longer need drive to the tony suburbs of Troy or Rochester

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Who THOMAS PHEASANT

Why THE VETERAN AMERICAN DESIGNER’S FOURTH COLLECTION WITH BAKER FURNITURE MARKS THEIR

After working for 30 years as an interior designer, Thomas Pheasant bemoans that perfection is a constantly distant goal. The pursuit of classical beauty continues to guide him, but «perfection is now a motivation rather than a destination for me,» he says. While much of his time these days is spent coordinating his team of architects and designers on residential projects, his latest Classical Evolution range for Baker Furniture is more intimate. «It’s really just me, privately, with my sketchpad,» he says.

Continuing their decade-long collaboration, this recent

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Who JULIAN DAVISON

Why HE HAS RECAPTURED THE BEAUTY OF SINGAPORE’S OLD ART DECO LANDMARKS WITH HIS FINE ARCHITECTURAL ILLUSTRATIONS what gets him out of bed in the morning тм FRESH AS A DAISY,

ENTHUSIASTIC FOR MY WORK AS I MAKE MY TEA».

He may be an Englishman, but architectural historian Julian Davison’s vivid memories of yesteryear Singapore can rival any proud local’s. Julian’s father was an architect and one of the founding partners of the Singapore branch of Raglan Squire & Partners (better known today as RSP). The cheery 57-year-old spent his childhood in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, only returning to the

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WHITE ZOMBIE

Случается порой такой казус — вроде бы музыканты все как на подбор, звук изумительный, имидж оригинальный, лирика отменная, а группа годами не может прорваться наверх. Нью-Йоркская молодая команда под названием White Zombie прекрасный пример подобной жизненной несправедливости. К счастью, ситуация изменилась и есть надежда, что White Zombie станут всеобщим достоянием.

Критики назвали их стиль как “психо-дет-металл с пост-апокалиптическим и киберпанковским ужасающим видением Ада». Большинство своих замороченных идей вокалист и главный сочинитель песен Rob Zombie почерпнул из фильмов ужасов. Да и само название группы было взято из одноименной картины 1932 года о женщине, которая проводила свой медовый месяц ка Гаити и

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White shades

Deborah Walker has used a subtle palette of off-white tones to create a serene Victorian home

If the word finesse can be defined as bringing a delicate and skilful approach to a troublesome situation, then there’s surely no better word to sum up the manner in which Deborah Walker has renovated and refurbished the once worn-down and neglected, four-storey, Victorian terrace home she shares with her partner Peter. Situated in a quaint seaside town on the East Sussex coast – the house has magnificent sea views from its south-facing rear windows – it was a wonderful find and the couple

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