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News briefs: October 26
Posted: Sat, Oct 27, 2001, 9:55 AM ET (1355 GMT)
The partner nations of the International Space Station project were given the 2001 Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation Friday in a ceremony in Oviedo, Spain. The award, by the Prince of Asturias Foundation, goes to those who advance the "mutual understanding, progress and brotherhood among nations." The heads of CSA, ESA, NASDA, and Rosaviakosmos were on hand to accept the award, while NASA sent the deputy associate administrator for space flight... Congress passed a continuing resolution Thursday extending funding for NASA and other federal agencies at the fiscal year 2001 level through the end of October, according to Spacelift Washington. The extension was needed since Congress has not completed work on NASA's fiscal year 2002 budget, even though the fiscal year began October 1, because of work on defense and other September 11-related legislation... The launch of a Titan 2, delayed for most of 2001 because of technical problems, has been pushed back again, Spaceflight Now reported late Thursday. Replacement of leaky engine turbopump seals will delay the launch, last scheduled for November 14, until late December. The Titan 2 was scheduled to launch a DMSP military weather satellite early this year from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
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