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News briefs: February 22
Posted: Sat, Feb 23, 2002, 12:52 AM ET (0552 GMT)
  • The Canadian government will make an "important announcement" regarding human presence in space on Monday, the Canadian Space Agency said Friday. The announcement will be made in Ottawa by CSA president Marc Garneau and Allan Rock, the minister responsible for the agency. No further details about the nature of the announcement were released.
  • Josef Blumrich, the engineer responsible for the structural design of the Saturn 5 booster, passed away earlier this month at the age of 88, the Huntsville Times reported. The Austrian-born Blumrich also worked on the design of the Lunar Lander's landing gear and on Skylab.
  • The four living members of NASA's original seven astronauts will gather at the Kennedy Space Center to mark the 40th anniversary of John Glenn's historic orbital flight. Joining Glenn will be Wally Schirra, Scott Carpenter, and Gordon Cooper. Jim Lovell will be the master of ceremonies of a Sunday evening event broadcast on NASA TV. The event will be co-hosted by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation and is also sponsored by Space Adventures.
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