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News briefs: July 22
Posted: Tue, Jul 23, 2002, 8:06 AM ET (1206 GMT)
  • Four people, including three student employees of NASA's Johnson Space Center, were arrested for stealing and attempting to sell lunar rocks from the Apollo missions, NASA reported Monday. The four allegedly stole a 270-kg safe that contained 140 grams of lunar samples and an additional 140 grams of meteorite samples. Three of the four were arrested in Orlando when they attempted to sell the samples to FBI undercover agents. The FBI does not plan to return the samples to NASA until after a trial of the four.
  • Orbital Sciences Corporation reported increased revenues and profit in the second quarter, the company announced late Monday. Orbital reported revenues of $135.4 million with a net income of $5.5 million, significantly higher than the same quarter a year ago. Growth in the company's launch vehicle business, created by increased demand for missile defense boosters the company builds.
  • A Proton launch vehicle is ready for launch later this week, RIA Novosti reported Monday. The Proton is scheduled to launch on Thursday, carrying a Russian military payload. The identity of the payload was not announced, but is believed to be an Arkon-class reconnaissance satellite.
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