News briefs: May 17
Posted: Sat, May 18, 2002, 10:11 AM ET (1411 GMT)
- South African space tourist Mark Shuttleworth said Friday that he would be interested in flying in space again. Although Shuttleworth didn't say when or how he would make another trip into space, he said, "I'm sure that I'll fly again." Shuttleworth made his remarks at a ceremony in Star City, Russia to formally wrap up his Soyuz taxi flight with crewmates Yuri Gidzenko and Roberto Vittori.
- The European Space Agency announced this week that it will unveil its revamped science program to the public on May 27. The changes are required because ESA's science efforts received less funding than originally planned, requiring rescoping and possible cancellation of some missions. The new science program will be finalized and approved by ESA's Science Program Committee on May 22-23.
- Northrop Grumman announced late Friday that it has extended its takeover offer for TRW by two weeks, to May 31. The extension is largely a procedural move since Northrop has just started studying confidential financial information provided by TRW to decide whether to increase its current $53/share offer.