COVER: Discovery' s fiery launch lifts U. S. spirits and puts astronauts back into space
After a 32- month hiatus, the refurbished shuttle and its veteran five- man crew pass a crucial flight test, send a vital communications satellite into perfect orbit, and help Americans overcome their post- Challenger blues. But can NASA meet its new shuttle launch schedule? And can the U. S. afford expensive shuttle missions for tasks that rockets can do more cheaply? See SPACE.
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