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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

-)atufday, August 13, 1977

ace shuttie flies solo

By AP and UPI-
EDWARI)S A IR F OR C E
BASE, Calif. - The fledgling
Space Shuttle, belying its un-
gainly looks, slipped away from
its mother ship yesterday and
carried two astronauts on a
graceful five and one-half min-
ute glide to a perfect touchdown
on a desert dry lake.
toniht
D IChurchIA 95-595

"Thanks for the lift," radioed
astronaut Fred Haise shortly af-
ter the engineless shuttle leaped
up and away from the Boeing
747 transport to begin its maiden
solo flight.
THE ENTIRE series of ma-
neuvers - from liftoff through
separation to touchdown - took
less than an hour and was seen
by about 40,000 spectators and a
nationwide television audience.
Flying on its own for the first
time, the 75-ton shuttle craft
Enterprise, named for the ship
in the television series "Star
Trek," was "a little livelier
handling" than expected, said a

i
t

NASA official.
"I think history will show this"
is probably the second most im-
portant flight that has ever been
made," said Sen. Barry Gold-
water (F-Ariz.), a reserve Air
Force Brigadier General.
"THE FIRST important flight
was the Wright Brothers. This
opens up all of space for man's
use."
Goldwater was one of two
thousand VIPs watching the
landing from the -hot desert
viewing area.
The space shuttle is the key
to the nation's future in orbit. It
is designed to be reuseable to
make at least 100 flights to and
from space every few weeks. It
can carry seven men and wo-
men, satellites weighing up to
65,000 pounds and orbiting labo-
ratories.
THE CAPABILITY to land at
at airport instead of parchuting
into the ocean as did its pre-
decessors gives the shuttle the
versatility and economy re-
quired to make space operations
routine in the next decade.
Yesterday's test proved that
the shuttle is able to make an
airport landing without engines,
flying on a battery of five com-
puters and the most advanced
guidance and control system
ever installed in a spacecraft.
tlaise, 43-year-old veteran of
the abortive Apollo 13 moon

CINEMA 11 ANGELL HALL
AUD. A
Saturday, August 13
IN A LONELY PLACE
Director, Nicholas Roy (1950)
Bogart defines the word "malevolent," as a war-l
time pal turned detective hunting for a murder-
er. Gloria Grahame, lending female interest,
cannot be sure if the murderer is Bogey or not.
Director Ray (Rebel Without A Cause) gives us
the ultimate definition of the Bogart myth.
7:30 & 9:30 $1.50

flight, found out quickly how the
s t u b b y spaceplane performs
once it was on its own for the
first time.,
"SHE'S- FLYING good," he
radioed the control center in
llouston w h i c h directed the
flight as if it were a space mis-
sion.
Enterprise flew a U-shaped
course from separation to land-
ing which required two sharp
left turns. Haise did most of the
piloting, but Fullerton 40-year-
old Air Force Lieutenant Co-
lonel, who has -yet to fly in
orbit, took the single stick con-
trul for awhile.
Enterprise was traveling a
little faster thas desired on its
landing approach, so Haise ap-
plied the brakes-opening a tail
structure like a clambshell to
create more drag. The craft
sqwed as expected.
"IT LOOKS super," reported
the Houston controller responsi-
blie for monitoring the flying
qualities of the Enterprise.
The craft was 200 feet above
the ground when its conventional
airplane landing gear dropped
out of the black underside.
Enterprise touched down at
11:54 a.m. EDT. The two pilots
climbed out of the ship's round-
side hatch 16 minutes later,
smiling broadly and shaking
h a n d s with technicians who
stood on airplane-like stairs that

had been rolled up to the ship.
THE GLEAMING white En-
terprise has been termed a
150,000-pound glider. But NASA
officials dislike the term be-
cause the craft actually has
sophisticated landing, steering,
navigational and electronic sys-
tems that permit a high degree
of control.
To ensure a faultless flight
and landing, a funnel of elec-
tronic microwave beams was
aimed at the speeding shuttle
from NASA flight control in
Ilouston. Much like an airliner
-making a cloud-shrouded instru-
ment landing, the shuttle fol-
lowed beams to the touchdown
point.
U p on completion of three
flights here, the Enterprise will
be carried atop' its transport
plane to Huntsville, Ala., for
further testing and attachment
to the fuel tank and the rocket
booster.
THEN THE Enterprise will be
returned to its builders, Rock-
well International, near Ed-
wards for extensive modifica-
tions necessary before a space
launch.
A sister ship that is under
construction presently will be
the first shuttle actually to fly
in space.
Development and building of
the shuttle is estimated to cost
$5.2 biljion through 1979.

Daily converts to 'cold
type' on September 9

(Continued from Page 1)
photographically.
The modernization will mean
several things to our readers.
First, because the reproduc-
tiO with cold type is so much
better, our photographs will be
clearer. The deteriorated state
of our hot type equipment last
year and this summer meant
that many of our photos came
ant with black spots or indis-
cernable faces.
SECOND, WE'LL be able to

do color more often. Color re-
production on hot type was just
too expensive, and we did it
only occasionally for things like
the Rose Bowl.
Third, the front page will look,
somewhat d i f f e r e n t. The
columns will b wider, and the
Today column will be moved
from the far left side of the page
to another spot.
Finally, we will no longer have
"the latest deadline in the state"
(not for a while, at least). This'
means that our coverage of late

events, notably baseball games,
wit1 be reduced. Late game cov-
erage may consist of a score
more often than a summary.
The transition to cold type was
made even more of a necessity
b the outdated condition of our
Linotypes, our press, and our
other hot type machinery. It
was hard to get spare parts, and
it was also hard to find persons
trained in the highly skilled pro-
fession of lead typesetting. Most
modernized newspapers h a v e
equipment like our old equip-
ment in their museums.
"The switch is going with the
flow," remarks Arch Gamm,
Daily superintendent, "The ro-
mance is going from the pro-
fession." But, he adds, "the cold
type process, overall, is more
versatile."
Come fall, it really will be a
brand new Daily.

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