AEROSPACE: Orbiter's Beginning

At five o'clock one morning last week, job seekers began lining up outside the offices of North American Rockwell's Space Division in Downey, Calif. Within three hours after the employment office opened, more than 500 job applications had been submitted. What had brought them to the small industrial city was NASA'S announcement that North American, the prime contractor on the Apollo program, had won a contract for $2.6 billion to develop the nation's first space shuttle. This is one of the largest single contracts ever received by any company, and should help...