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Space News for September 12, 2001

NASA Vehicle Assembly Building
NASA Closes Down In Response to Terrorist Attacks

Within a few hours of the destruction of the World Trade Center, NASA announced that it was shutting down all of its facilities across the United States and was sending all non-essential employees home. In Florida, technicians "safed" the four space shuttles to protect them from possible attacks, and increased the overall security of the area. There is no word on when the facilities will be opened again, perhaps as late as Thursday. Several aerospace companies, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin and others also shut down their offices on Tuesday.

International Space Station
Space Station Astronauts Spot Disaster from Orbit

In orbit, some 384 kilometres above the Earth, astronauts on board the International Space Station were clearly able to see smoke billowing on the island of Manhattan during Tuesday's destruction of the World Trade Center. Although astronauts Frank Culbertson, Vladimir Dezhurov and Mikhail Turin were able to see the fire in New York as they passed over Maine, they couldn't spot the destruction at the Pentagon.

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