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News briefs: August 6
Posted: Wed, Aug 7, 2002, 11:30 AM ET (1530 GMT)
  • NASA announced Tuesday that it has selected William Readdy to replace Frederick Gregory as the agency's associate administrator for space flight. Readdy, an astronaut who flew on three shuttle missions, had been a deputy associate administrator responsible for a number of space flight activities at NASA. The appointment takes affect once Gregory takes the office of NASA deputy administrator.
  • Space Camp Florida is in the midst of foreclosure proceedings and may shut down as early as next month, Florida Today reported. Increasing losses caused by a dropoff in tourism after September 11 led SouthTrust Bank, which holds the mortgage on the Space Camp property near the Kennedy Space Center, to begin foreclosure proceedings. Negotiations are underway with Delaware North Park Services, which operates KSC's visitor center, and an undisclosed party to purchase Space Camp Florida and the accompanying US Astronaut Hall of Fame. Space Camp closed its California facility earlier this year.
  • A spacecraft integration facility at Baikonur damaged in a hangar roof collapse will be repaired by the end of the year, according to an RIA Novosti report. The facility, used to prepare payloads for commercial Soyuz launches, was located in Building 112, the giant hangar whose roof collapsed in May. A Rosaviakosmos spokesman said Tuesday that the facility will be repaired in time for it to be used to prepare ESA's Mars Express spacecraft, scheduled to launch on a Soyuz in June 2003.
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