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January 4, 1988

Record Soviet Manned Space Flight Raises Human Endurance Questions

HEADLINE NEWS

Next Shuttle Launch Delayed Following SRM Nozzle Failure

HEADLINE NEWS

Static Test of USAF Titan Booster Advances Launch Recovery Effort

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Record Soviet Manned Space Flight Raises Human Endurance Questions

WASHINGTON Questions about the ability of humans to work productively in space during long-duration missions have arisen following last week’s Soviet space station crew exchange, which ended the longest manned space flight in history—326 days—fof cosmonaut Yuri Romanenko.

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HEADLINE NEWS

Next Shuttle Launch Delayed Following SRM Nozzle Failure

COCOA BEACH WASHINGTON LOS ANGELES Resumption of U. S. space shuttle launches will be delayed at least until September because of the failure of a redesigned solid rocket motor nozzle part during a test firing in late December. NASA had been targeting June 2 for resumption of shuttle flights.
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HEADLINE NEWS

Static Test of USAF Titan Booster Advances Launch Recovery Effort

SAN FRANCISCO Detailed post-firing examination of a 120-in.-dia. solid rocket motor is underway to confirm initial findings that the recent static test of the seven-segment booster for USAF’s new Titan 4 launch vehicle met all objectives.

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ELECTION ’88

Defense Downplayed as Issue In Early Presidential Race

WASHINGTON The presidential candidates have yet to raise defense as a priority issue in the 1988 campaign and, with one exception, they have not committed themselves to renewing the buildup in defense expenditures that were ushered in by the election of Ronald Reagan.

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ELECTION ’88

Domestic Issues Apt to Prevail Over Defense in 1988 Race

WASHINGTON Thus far, the 1988 U. S. presidential campaign has been dominated by controversies over the character and integrity of individual candidates. Issues and policy have been secondary, including national defense and the civilian space program.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Gamma Ray Observatory Prepared for 1990 Launch

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AIR TRANSPORT

Value Of Boeing Transport Orders Reaches Record $19.89 Billion

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ARMS CONTROL

INF Treaty Ratification Viewed as Nearly Certain

WASHINGTON A consensus has emerged that Senate ratification of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces disarmament treaty is virtually certain, because of its popularity with the public and its unprecedented on-site inspections. But the Administration worries that the Democratic Senate or some of its conservative minority Republicans might make alterations to the treaty text during the impending ratification debate that could become “killer amendments,” unacceptable to the Soviet Union.

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