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July 7, 1997

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Russia and U.S. Chart Daring Mir Salvage

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Waltz By Mathilde Is Nearly Perfect

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Turkey Judged ‘Vulnerable’ as NATO Readies to Expand

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Russia and U.S. Chart Daring Mir Salvage

Station crisis forces unprecedented Russian-U.S. space cooperation; orbiting crew readied for effort to save vehicle

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Waltz By Mathilde Is Nearly Perfect

LAUREL, MD. As it whizzed by toward its true target, the Near spacecraft—the first of NASA’s Discovery program of low-cost planetary science missions—succeeded in imaging an asteroid that is both common and unusual. In a feat of dexterity, the small spacecraft grabbed pictures of the paradoxical 253 Mathilde, a member of the main belt of asteroids that orbits the Sun between Mars and Jupiter.

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Turkey Judged ‘Vulnerable’ as NATO Readies to Expand

WASHINGTON ANKARA As NATO leaders gather for this week’s Madrid summit, Turkey is rated the most vulnerable member of the alliance in a new U.S. assessment of world flashpoints. Critics of NATO expansion fear the summit’s addition of at least three East-Central European states will further dilute and disperse the alliance’s command structure, already weakened by Turkish/Greek hostility.

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Raytheon, Rivals Score with Ti Compromise

NEW YORK Raytheon Co. will capture substantially everything it sought in its $2.9-billion acquisition of Texas Instruments’ defense operations, based on a settlement reached with the Justice Dept. last week. The company will be allowed to proceed toward closing its purchase of TI’s $1.8-billion business under one major condition: it must sell the TI business unit that designs and produces gallium arsenide high-power amplifier monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs).

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French ‘GAO’ Raps Military Spending Plan

PARIS France’s military plan oversteps the nation’s foreseeable financial means and requires a more realistic procurement policy, according to a French oversight agency. Although the French Defense Ministry’s current goals are expected to require a revised procurement schedule, imposing additional delays to weapon production programs would not be sufficient to meet increasingly tight budget constraints.

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JSF Manufacturing Combed for 25% Cut

WASHINGTON To help contractors meet the Pentagon’s ambitious price goals for the Joint Strike Fighter, program officials have assembled a package of reforms they say could save 12-25% in inventory and manufacturing costs alone without major new investments.

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Adeos-1 Loss Sets Back Global Environmental Studies

SAN FRANCISCO Japan's premier spacecraft for the study of global environmental changes—the polar-orbiting Advanced Earth Observation Satellite—abruptly stopped relaying data last week, and the $1-billion program is assumed lost.

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FCC Awards Licenses for More ‘Big Leos’

WASHINGTON The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has given the go-ahead to two more ventures that plan international mobile telephone services via small satellites in nongeosynchronous orbits. Constellation Communications Inc. and Mobile Communications Holdings Inc. (MCHI) hope to begin commercial service in 2000, on the heels of the Iridium and Globalstar “Big LEO” mobile satellite systems, which are under construction.

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Crew Describes Collision: ‘We Are Alive, Thank God’

Kennedy Space Center Astronaut Michael Foale, who was on Mir when the 125-ton space station was struck and depressurized by a Progress vehicle, radioed a description to Earth about what the collision was like for him and Russian cosmonauts Vasily Tsibliev and Alexander Lazutkin.

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Countdown Change Allows Shuttle to Elude Storms

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