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November 14, 1984 - Image 5

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Public to play
greater role in
space program

The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, November 14, 1984 -Page 5

From the Associated Press
The space station as envisioned by the
National Aeronautics and Space Ad-
ministraton, the report said, "is only
,one alternative in a wide range of op-
Thomas Rogers, director of the two-
,year study, said the time has come for
the general public to play a greater role
an space program goals.
"WE'VE BEEN spending $7.5 billion
a year, every year; we can do anything
%we want to do," he said. "It's great, it's
'exciting, but we're missing large num-
bers of important activities by allowing
%all this to go on under technological
'drive - not policy drive, economic
drive, social drive, the way everything
else is done in this country at that level
'of public expenditure."
. NASA spokesman William O'Donnell
said the agency would have no com-
ment until it has studied the report.
The report characterizes the nation's
,goals in space as short-sighted and
narrow, reflecting the views only of the
science and technology communities
,and not that of the general public which
foots the bills.
IT ASKS, 'How can the U.S. people
and government justify, today, con-
tinuing to make such truly great and
continuing public expenditures on
space-related matters perceived by
most of our general plublic . . . lying
well outside of the mainstream of their
personal interests and concerns . . .
during an extended period of unusual
national financial stringency?"
The report, 234 pages long, was
,prepared by the nonpartisan OTA for
the Senate Comnittee on Commerce,
U.S. denies
plans for

Science and Transportation and the
House Committee on Science and
Technology. The House Budget and
Senate Appropriations committees also
posed topics for the study.
"There is no compelling, objective,
external case" for building a space
station to be used to support over 100
conceptual uses, few of which have
been sharply defined or gained wide
acceptance as implortant objectives of
the space program," the study says.
IT DOES not oppose a space station,
per se, saying "a persuasive case can
be made for acquiring some long-term
infrastructure in near-Earth space,
some of which would allow a human
work force to be retained there for ex-
tended periods."
President Reagan has made the
building of a space station a national
goal and the space agency is in the
process of deciding what such a facility,
costing about $8 billion in 1984 dollars,
should include.
NASA, though,did make some
progress yesterday when two
spacewalkers who muscled a 1,200-
pound satellite into the shuttle
Discovery's cargo bay announced that
a new plan will make wrestling with
their second big, tough target "a heck
of a lot easier."
ASTRONAUTS Joe Allen and Dale
Gardner were told yesterday tha they
will have to manhandle the Westar 6
satellite during today's rescue attempt
because engineers on the ground fear a
malfitting bracket will again make
Discovery's robot arm unusable in ber-
thing the errant communications craft.
In Monday's retrieval of the Palapa
B2 satellite, a sister craft to Westar, the
bracket would not attach, preventing
the use of the robot arm.
Under the new plan, Gardner,
wearing a rocket backpack, will jet
over to Westar and capture it with a
pole-like device called "the stinger."
He will guide the 21-by-7-foot satellite
toward Discovery, where Allen will be
waiting in a foot restraint mounted on
the end of the robot arm.
Allen will then grab the pole-like om-
ni-antenna on one end of the satellite,
while Gardner attaches a berthing
adapter at the other end. Together, the
spacewalkers will muscle Westar into
the cargo bay and anchor it in a berth.

Associated Press
Looks like engine trouble
Joe and Keith Miller of Palestine, Texas prepare for a big race in the hot rod their dad parked in the backyard to provide them a place to create their own
LSA-SG council elections run smoothly
(ContinuedfromPagel) LSA sophomore Patricia Reich ad- tonight validating the ballots. Final as he and his five members will make
"I walked around campus and mitted that she wouldn't have gone out counting is expected to go on late into their presence known in the campus
noticed the advertisements for the dif- of her way to vote, but did cast a ballot the night.dormitories.
erent candidates, and I also read what because she had friends running, and DeGraff called the first day of voting refusing to make any predictions on
he Daily had to say," said Grimes, ex- she was planning to go to the UGLi and a "low key day" for his SPOCL party. the outcome, De Graff said, "We'll let
plaining how she reached her decision study anyway. He said that today will be the big push the final tally tell the tale."


for the top slots.

Dushay and her crew will work

Sniping and suicide
baffle friends, police

(Continued from Page 1)
classes, drifted from fad to fad, with the
latest being military magazines, said
Stewart. He said Feher also played the
guitar and "he wanted to be a suc-
cessful rock star."
Stewart said Feher kept a rifle in the
fraternity house but was required to
remove the firing pin and lock it in the
house office.
The firing pin was returned to him
-during the weekend, Stewart said.
THE WEAPON he used Monday, and

AR-15 and a .223-caliber Ruger "Mini-
14" with a laser sighting scope, were
stolen just hours before the shooting in
a burglary at a downtown Eugene spor-
ting goods store, police said.
Police said Feher barged into the
stadium weight room about 8:30 a.m.,
threatening the athletes, and wounded
22-year-old Rick O'Shea after the
wrestler followed him outside.

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military maneuvers, the presence of
American war ships in the region and
"flagrant" violations of Nicaragua's
territorial sovereignty - Ortega said
"Nicaragua was obligated to declare a
state of alert.
"We will perfect, fortify our civil
'defenses to repel and defeat a direct
(U.S.) intervention, if it comes to
pass," he said.
"A strong country like the United
States, unfortunately, can have the
luxury of threatening others .. . But a
country like ours cannot just wait and
see if the threat passes.

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