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  1. -06-27-05 Commission: NASA Fails on Safety (BBC News)
      "The US space agency (Nasa) has failed to meet tough safety recommendations issued after the Columbia shuttle break-up in 2003, experts say."

      "The independent Stafford-Covey Commission said risk remained that pieces of foam and ice could break off and hit the shuttle at lift-off."

      "It also said the orbiter had not been sufficiently hardened and it lacked an in-flight repair system." 6-05

  2. 09-19-05 NASA to Replace Shuttle Design (
      "NASA plans to replace the space shuttle with a reusable spacecraft shaped like the Apollo capsule that first took U.S. astronauts to the moon in 1969, the U.S. space agency said today."

      "The Crew Exploration Vehicle will be three times as big as the Apollo capsule and can be used as many as 10 times, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said in a statement."

      "The spacecraft will be able to take as many as four astronauts to the moon and as many as six people on missions to Mars, NASA said. It will also be able to deliver supplies and crews to the International Space Station." 9-05


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