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News briefs: March 22
Posted: Sat, Mar 23, 2002, 10:37 AM ET (1537 GMT)
  • A consortium of seven Russian and European engines are planning to develop a new reusable engine, Space News reported Friday. The Volga engine will be rated for 50 flights and use methane and liquid oxygen propellants. Total cost of the engine is estimated to be up to 1 billion euros (US$880 million), and the project will not be completed until 2015.
  • The film "Apollo 13" will be re-released in a new format for IMAX theaters this summer. The 1995 film about the ill-fated Apollo mission will be the first to be digitally remastered into the wide-screen IMAX format.
  • The US Department of Education is ending a teacher fellowship named after late teacher and Challenger astronaut Christa McAuliffe, the Associated Press reported this week. The six-year program awarded $1.8 million in grants in 2000 alone to allow teachers to undertake research and reform projects. A "refocusing of priorities" led the department to end the program.
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