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* Controllers Delay Beagle 2 Tests
* Investigators Strengthen Foam Damage Claim
* Four Astronauts Enter Hall of Fame
CONTROLLERS DELAY BEAGLE 2 TESTS
Jun 24, 2003 - The European Space Agency is in the process of testing various instruments on board the Mars Express spacecraft to make sure everything survived the launch from Earth. One series of tests on the Beagle 2 lander will be postponed until July to give engineers more time to understand a temporary error that occurred in one of Beagle 2's memory modules. Once they've gotten to the bottom of it, ESA will proceed with the formal instrument checks to make sure Beagle 2 is ready for its landing on Mars.
INVESTIGATORS STRENGTHEN FOAM DAMAGE CLAIM
Jun 24, 2003 - The Columbia Accident Investigation Board announced today that the foam theory was the "most probable cause" of the space shuttle tragedy. Based on analysis from tons of Columbia debris, they believe there is compelling evidence that a large chunk of foam fell off the fuel tank on launch and cracked a critical heat shield on the shuttle's wing. Upon re-entry several days later, hot air flowed inside the wing and melted metal braces, and eventually tore the wing off - the entire shuttle came apart moments after that. The investigators are working on their final report, which is due in July.
FOUR ASTRONAUTS ENTER HALL OF FAME
Jun 24, 2003 - Four space shuttle veterans were inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame at Florida's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Saturday. The newest entrants were Daniel Brandenstein, Robert Gibson, Story Musgrave and Sally Ride (the first American woman in space). The event drew hundreds of people - many were tourists - and actor Lance Henriksen ("The Right Stuff" and "Aliens") presided over the event. They join 48 astronauts already enshrined at the hall.
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