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University to host space panel6
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By JENNIFER SMITH
The University will host a forum in
November that will help to outline the
future of American's civilian space
The forum, one of 15 to be held
across the country will be facilitated
by two members of the presidentially
appointed National Commission on
KATHRYN Sullivan, the first
American woman astronaut to walk in
space, and Bernard Schrieber, a
retired U.S. Air Force general, are
expected to be present at the Ann Ar-
bor forum, which will be at the
Chrysler Center, according to
Professor William Kuhn, head of the
Oceanic and Atmospheric
Engineering department, who is
helping to organize the forum.
The purpose of the forums is to
gather the wide spread opinions of
U.S. citizens on civilian space resear-
ch, Kuhn said. After the forums, the
commission will outline the future of
America's civilian space program.
The four goals the National Com-
mission have for the forum are:
" to define the long range needs of
the nation that may be fulfilled
through peaceful uses of outerspace.
" to maintain the nation's
preeminance in space regarding its
scientific and technological ap-
" to promote peaceful exploration
and utilization of the space environ-
" to articulate goals and to develop
options for the future direction of the
nation's space program.
Some topics which might be taken
into consideration during the forum,
Kuhn said are the national benefits of
a permanently manned space station
in the earth's orbit and the value that
space exploration and exploitation
might have regarding the future
scientific, economic, social, and
foreign policy needs of the United
THE FORUMS began September
13, in Los Angeles and have taken
place in cities such as Salt Lake City,
Houston, Boston and Washington D.C.
Ann Arbor is the second to last forum
with the final one to take place in
People who want to testify before
the panel must mail a written
statement summarizing their
proposed testimony to: National
Commission on Space. Attn: Public
Forum/Ann Arbor, 490 L'Enfant
Plaza East, S.W.-Suite 3212,
Washington, D.C. 20024.
This statement must be received in
Washington no later than November
9, and should include the name of the
witness, his or her mailing address,
telephone number, and if applicable,
the organization he or she represents.
Each witness will be limited to ten
minutes during the oral presentation,
but the written length is of no con-
The forum is "interested in
testimony not just from scientists but
from the community at large,"
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SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) -
Challenger's astronauts said yester-
day they were disappointed that their
weeklong science voyage has not been
extended by a day, but they vowed to
schedule extra shifts to complete the
76 experiments in the Spacelab before
the mission ends Wednesday.
"We had high hopes to spend at
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Spacelab were turned off. American
flight director Larry Bourgois said
the West Germans then decided it
would be fruitless to stay up if their
experiments could not be operated.
"The decision has been made not to
extend the mission, and it will land at
its normal time Wednesday at 12:44
p.m. (EST)," the National
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In a news conference from orbit, the
eight-member crew responded to
questions from European reporters
and expressed support for a space
"I'M OF-THE opinion that a longer
duration flight, such as on a space
station, is absolutely necessary," said
The second West German scientist
on board, Ernst Messerschmid,
agreed, saying, "I am very convinced
that the space station is the thing to do
and I think we will all benefit from it."
"In the beginning I was surprised at
the effect zero gravity had on me,"
said Wubbo Ockels, a Dutch physicist.
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THE ASTRONAUTS said they had
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"When I looked for the first time out
the window, I was overwhelmed at
what is happening on Earth," said
Furrer, in response to a question if
he felt the planet was "exploited."
Mission Commander Henry Har-
tsfield, asked by a European jour-
nalist to evaluate the performance of
the West Germans, said he was "very
impressed" with their work.
A SPACELAB module, carried in
the cargo bay of Challenger, is jam-
med with equipment for 76 ex-
periments, nearly all dealing with the
effects of weightlessness on melted
metals and glasses, on biological
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West Germany is paying NASA $64
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me to come back.'
- Reinhard Furrer
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