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Space Shuttle Removed for Repairs
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Engineers are pulling the Space Shuttle Discovery off the launchpad, and taking it back to the hanger for repairs to the outer foam insulation on the fuel tank. A recent hailstorm gouged 150 holes in the insulation layer, many of which inaccessible to fix while the Shuttle remains on the pad.
Mir Considered by Western Investors
Looking to keep Mir up in space for as long as possible, officials from Energiya space corporation are planning to meet with a group of interested Western investors. In order to keep the station aloft, they’ll need at least $250 million in investment before August.
House Panels Looking to Axe Gore’s Satellite
Looking to trim down NASA’s budget, the Republican-controlled House Science Committee wants to axe Al Gore’s Triana project. The satellite was planned to broadcast a continuous view of the Earth, and which would be available on the Internet.