Science: Beautiful Drop for a New Bird

The space shuttle safely finds its own way home

The dream of making space a routine human habitat took a dramatic leap toward reality last week. Like a fledgling leaving the nest for the first time, NASA's new space shuttle OV (for Orbiter Vehicle) 101 cut loose from the 747 mother ship and maneuvered safely to earth on its own. As NASA officials—and much of the nation via television—watched with ringers crossed, the shuttle, christened Enterprise after the spaceship in Star Trek, swooped in graceful arcs down through the clear desert air over Edwards...

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