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Two Shuttles Return to Cape Canaveral.
March 6, 2001
Changing of the Guard for Space Station
X-33 Next Generation spacecraft Cancelled
Two Shuttles Return to Cape Canaveral
CHANGING OF THE GUARD FOR SPACE STATION
The first full time crew for the International Space Station is set to launch from Kennedy this Thursday on the shuttle Discovery. The "Expedition Two" crew will be relieving Bill Shepherd and Russian cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev. Meteorologists are forecasting low temperatures up to the launch, causing concern about buildup of ice on the shuttle's external fuel tank.
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X-33 NEXT GENERATION spacecraft CANCELLED
NASA has cancelled the problematic X-33, intended to be a low-cost replacement for the aging shuttle fleet. $1.25 billion has been spent on the project, but after five years their has still been no prototype worthy of test flight. The cost of a shuttle launch is about $10,000 a pound, while the X-33 was planned operate at 1/10th the cost.
TWO SHUTTLES RETURN TO CAPE CANAVERAL
For the first time in the program's history two space shuttles were flown in to Cape Canaveral in the same day. Atlantis was returning to Florida after being forced to land at Edwards due to foul weather at the end of the STS-98 mission. Columbia had been at a Boeing facility in California for a 17-month maintenance overhaul.
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