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Date Set for NASA’s Return to Space

It’s a go for launch of the space shuttle Discovery two and a half years after Columbia fell apart on re-entry. The date set for the afternoon of Wednesday, July 13th. The Space Shuttle Discovery will carry a crew of seven astronauts. The primary objective will be to test new safety procedures. The crew will […]

It’s a go for launch of the space shuttle Discovery two and a half years after Columbia fell apart on re-entry. The date set for the afternoon of Wednesday, July 13th.

The Space Shuttle Discovery will carry a crew of seven astronauts. The primary objective will be to test new safety procedures. The crew will also take supplies to the International Space Station. NASA Administrator Michael Griffin says this space flight will be the cleanest one there has ever been.

An advisory panel earlier this week said NASA failed to meet three of the 15 safety recommendations made after the Columbia tragedy. The July 13th date was announced after a two day review.

If Discovery is damaged during lift-off, NASA does have Atlantis ready to launch in the following week and will retrieve the astronauts from the International Space Station NASA considers that plan an extreme last resort.

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Capella Tucker joined KUHF in the spring of 1994 as a part-time reporter. She quickly gained a full-time position when she took over production duties for Engines of Our Ingenuity while still reporting for the news room. For ten years starting in 1997, Capella was the local news host for Saturday Weekend Edition andCar...

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