But Hurricanes May Delay Shuttles' Return To Flight
Virtually no place in Florida has escaped nature's wrath this
summer -- and that includes Cape Canaveral. Because of poundings
from Hurricanes Charley and Frances, NASA is now about a week
behind on its schedule for returning the space shuttles to service
-- hopefully in March or April.
Genesis team scientists and engineers continue their work on the
mission's sample return canister in a specially constructed clean
room at the US Army Proving Ground in Dugway (UT). As more of the
capsule's contents are revealed, the team's level of enthusiasm for
the amount of science obtainable continues to rise.
Aviation Pioneer Burt Rutan Flies Weightless for the First
ANN has been having a ball sharing Zero-G with a number of
luminaries while Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell has been serving as a
crewmember aboard "G-Force One" this week. But... with the
exception of Apollo 11's Buzz Aldrin, none of these VIPs have been
as eagerly awaited as Scaled Composites' Burt Rutan (shown below,
to the the right of X Prize's Gregg "Born 2 Fly" Maryniak).