Space: NASA Readies a Nighttime Dazzler

Aboard next week's shuttle flight: America's first black astronaut

This is going smooth as silk." Thus, with only days to go, NASA Spokesman Jim Kukowski ebulliently described the final launch preparations for next week's flight of the Challenger space shuttle. Lift-off for the eighth mission of NASA'S Space Transportation System, known as STS-8, is scheduled for Aug. 30 at 2:15 a.m. at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, just two months after Challenger's historic flight carrying the first American woman into space. That is the shortest turnaround time yet between shuttle flights. This time...

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