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News briefs: April 25
Posted: Fri, Apr 26, 2002, 11:32 AM ET (1532 GMT)
  • Space Systems/Loral is planning to cancel a contract it has for launches on Japan's H-2A booster, Reuters reported Thursday. The president of Rocket System Corporation, the company that markets the H-2A commercially, said that Loral would likely cancel a 1996 contract with eight launches remaining on it. RSC will try to save the contract by offering to sharply reduce the cost of launches. The loss of this contract as well as one with Hughes leaves the H-2A with only a single contract to launch a Japanese government satellite.
  • NASA is planning two press conferences for Tuesday, April 30 to discuss the latest developments on two separate projects. One press conference will release the first images from the Advanced Camera for Surveys, an instrument installed on the Hubble Space Telescope earlier this year. The other will release the results from the first milestone review of the Space Launch Initiative project.
  • Space Day 2002, scheduled for May 2, will focus on Mars. A "Cyber Space Day" that will be webcast from the National Air and Space Museum will feature former astronauts John Glenn and Sally Ride as well as a number of scientists involved with NASA's Mars exploration efforts.
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