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News briefs: February 12
Posted: Wed, Feb 13, 2002, 8:48 AM ET (1348 GMT)
  • The next International Space Station spacewalk is scheduled for February 20, NASA announced Tuesday. Astronauts Carl Walz and Dan Bursch will use the station's Quest airlock to perform an EVA that will set the stage for four spacewalks scheduled for a shuttle mission in April to install the first truss segment for the station. The spacewalk will be the third by the Expedition Four crew.
  • British astronomers are facing an unprecedented cash squeeze, the BCC reported Tuesday. A committee of the UK's Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council was able to give money to only about half of proposals rated "world class" during a recent evaluation. Part of the problem, according to some astronomers interviewed by the BBC, is a 40 percent increase in the number of fulltime astronomers in the UK in just the last five years.
  • The grandson of aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh will use an upcoming reenactment of Lindbergh's transatlantic flight to promote the X Prize, reported this week. Erik Lindbergh will fly solo across the Atlantic in May, on the 75th anniversary of his grandfather's historic flight. Erik Lindbergh is a trustee and vice president of the X Prize Foundation.
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