Still Grounded: Another setback for the shuttle

Another setback for the shuttle

The contrast was stark. Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri V. Romanenko returned happily to earth last week after spending a record-setting 326 days in the space station Mir, a prototype of one from which the Soviets hope to send men to Mars before the end of the century. The same day, NASA announced that part of a newly designed booster rocket had failed during a test firing at a Morton Thiokol plant near Brigham City, Utah, causing an undetermined delay in the faltering effort to resume U.S. manned space missions. At the same plant, five workers were killed when nearly 100,000 lbs. of...

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