Space: Dateline: Aboard the Shuttle

The nation's journalists compete to cover a far-out story

Journalists across the country scrambled to meet a deadline last week, but not for a story about terrorists or politics. This deadline was for a loftier assignment. Their application forms for NASA's Journalist-in-Space Project had to be postmarked Jan. 15 at the latest to be considered in the competition that will place a writer, editor, broadcaster, photojournalist or even cartoonist on a space-shuttle mission perhaps as early as this fall. The chosen one will join a select group of spacegoing civilians, including Republican Senator Jake Garn of Utah, who flew on Discovery last April; Democratic Congressman Bill Nelson of Florida, who...

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