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News briefs: April 16
Posted: Wed, Apr 17, 2002, 8:58 AM ET (1258 GMT)
  • Satellite communications company Globalstar announced Tuesday that the company lost $184 million in its fiscal fourth quarter and $602 million in all of 2001. Globalstar filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February and continues to operate while developing a restructuring plan; that plan will be submitted to the bankruptcy court this quarter.
  • Work continues on a Pluto flyby mission despite NASA's plans to cut future funding for the spacecraft. NASA is allowing the New Horizons mission to being purchasing long lead-time items for the spacecraft's scientific instruments, and a system requirements review is scheduled for next month. The project has also won support from The Planetary Society and NASA's own Solar System Exploration Subcommittee.
  • Barbara Morgan said Tuesday that she looks forward to flying on a future shuttle mission. NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe announced Friday that Morgan, runner-up to Christa McAuliffe in the original Teacher in Space program, will fly to the station no sooner than 2004. "It's not that I'll be fulfilling Christa's mission, but helping carry it on," Morgan said.
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