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News briefs: November 10-11
Posted: Mon, Nov 12, 2001, 10:13 AM ET (1513 GMT)
  • Four space shuttle astronauts were inducted into the US Astronaut Hall of Fame in a ceremony Saturday. Bob Crippen, Joe Engle, Rick Hauck, and Dick Truly were selected to join the hall by a panel of former flight directors, journalists, and historians. The four are the first shuttle-era astronauts to enter the hall, located near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • A rocket used for a missile defense test was destroyed shortly after liftoff Friday when controllers lost communications with it. The rocket was on a suborbital flight from the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska when contact was lost 52 seconds after launch; the rocket was instructed to self-destruct even though it appeared to be flying on course. The launch was intended to test the ability of radar installations on the West Coast to distinguish between warheads and decoys in space.
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