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News briefs: June 8-9
Posted: Mon, Jun 10, 2002, 10:19 AM ET (1419 GMT)
  • The North American division of British defense contractor BAE Systems is reportedly interested in acquiring TRW. The Washington Post reported Saturday that officials with BAE Systems North America are lobbying the Pentagon for permission to purchase TRW. Northrop Grumman has been pursuing TRW for several months, and it and several other companies, include BAE, have signed confidentiality agreements with TRW in order to look at its confidential financial information.
  • People in western North America and the Pacific will be able to see a partial solar eclipse late Monday. The event will be visible near sunset for people in the western two-thirds of the US and Canada and early Tuesday morning for those in the Far East and northeastern Australia. The eclipse will not be total, but observers on a small section of the west coast of Mexico and the Pacific island of Saipan will be able to see an annular eclipse, where only a thin ring of the Sun will be visible.
  • The new crew of the International Space Station is ready to welcome a space tourist during their stay, but made it clear that pop star Lance Bass was not their first choice. When asked during an interview with Russian television about the possibility that Bass would visit, Expedition Five commander Valeri Korzun said "Well, how about Cindy Crawford? We would love to see one of the supermodels." Unfortunately for Korzun, Crawford, nor other supermodels, have shown no public interest in space tourism.
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