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The Michigan Daily -Friday, October 30, 1998 - 7

Clinton 'thrilled'
by Glenn launch

Human rights
record criticized

The Washington Post
was better than most, but President
Clinton said he was here as a specta-
tor, not the sponsor, of John Glenn's
celebrated trip back into space.
Clinton, joined by Hillary Rodham
Clinton and a delegation of astro-
nauts, watched the blast-off from the
roof of NASA's launch control center,
where the president stood entranced
and speechless for a full minute as the
space shuttle Discovery made its
Ifiery climb. "Absolutely thrilled,"
Clinton said when asked for his reac-
tion moments after liftoff.
Earlier, Clinton dismissed specula-
tion that he had played a role in
approving Glenn's return as a thank-
you token for the senator's support. "I
think the American people should
know that the decision to send him
was made strictly by the book,"
Clinton told Walter Cronkite on
"I had no role in it," Clinton said,
adding, "If I had my druthers, he'd be
home in Ohio running for re-election
right now."
Clinton may not have initiated
Glenn's return to space, but he was
reveling in it yesterday, as he became
the first president ever to witness a
space shuttle launch and the first to
see any manned space launch since
Glenn's his
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white heat of its churning main
engines still visible as a bright
daytime star for several minutes,
until it hurtled out of sight about
70 miles down range and 43 miles
The countdown had twice been
delayed, for a total of 20 nerve-
wracking minutes, first by a minor
technical glitch and then to shoo
off some errant airplanes that
intruded into the 600 square miles
of cleared air space around the
launch complex. The delays "made
us a little tense, made the rookie
launch director sweat a little bit,"
said KSC Launch Director Ralph
Another cause for tension came
later. In replays of the launch on
high-definition TV, flight con-
trollers determined that a panel
had flipped loose from the orbiter's
tail at the moment the powerful
main engines were started, dinging
the center main engine valve.
Launch manager Donald
McMonagle said the team will do a
thorough analysis but "at this point
we know of no impact to the mis-

Richard Nixon viewed the Apollo 12
lift-off in November 1969.
With four days until the midterm
elections, Clinton used yesterday's
event to appeal to Americans to vote.
"So if you feel patriotic when you see
John Glenn and the others go up in
space today, then keep that patriotic
feeling until next Tuesday and go and
vote for the candidate and programs
and the issues of your choice;"he told
As Clinton told it yesterday,
Glenn himself was eager to have
him attend. He said while he was in
Maryland last week for Middle East
peace negotiations, an aide told him
Glenn was on the phone. "I thought,
'Oh my goodness, something hap-
pened, he can't go"' But Clinton
said, Glenn told him, "I just called
to make sure you're not going to
chicken out onme."
In coming to here, Clinton was also
taking care of some unfinished per-
sonal business, he told NASA work-
ers in a visit with the staff of the
Firing Room a few minutes after lift-
off. A year ago, he said, Hillary
Clinton suggested they make a list of
the things they want to do before leav-
ing office. "I said, 'OK, what's on
your list?;" he recalled. "She said,
'You have to take me to a space

The Washington Post
GAZA CITY-In the six days since
Israel and the Palestinians signed an
interim peace accord in Washington,
Palestinian police have detained jour-
nalists, imprisoned an Islamic cleric
who dared criticize the accord and
launched a wave of arrests of suspected
Islamic activists.
Under the terms of the land-for-securi-
ty agreement, Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat pledged to crack down on terrorist
groups operating from areas controlled
by the Palestinians, and clamp down on
anti-Israeli incitement on their airwaves.
Those moves were demanded by the
Israelis, backed by President Clinton and,
finally, accepted by Arafat.
In practice, though, it's not so simple
and could make a bad human rights
record in Palestinian-controlled areas
much worse, say human rights groups
here and in the West. They argue the
accord, coupled with pressure from
Washington and Israel, could promote a
Palestinian police state in Israel's back
"What's happened in the last five
years under the slogan of peace? The
first victim was human rights;' said
Raji Sourani, head of the Palestinian
Center for .Human Rights in Gaza.
"Security for us has meant waves of
arrests, state security courts, restric-
tions on free speech and a lack of

respect for the law.'
The implications of a Palestinian
crackdown on terror and incitement
may give rise to more ticklish questions
for the United States than the text of the
peace accord suggests:
In encouraging the Palestinians to
wage war on terror, should the Clinton
administration support the swift but
often brutal justice of Palestinian state
security courts, which specialize in
summary trials, often starting after
midnight, with no right to counsel?
Should it speak out against Palestinian
detention of terror suspects who are
imprisoned for months or years without
charges or trials?
Should it raise the issue of torture in
Palestinian prisons, where 20 detainees
have died in recent years?
The dilemma for Washington is even
more problematic now that the United
States has established itself, under the
terms of the new accord, as a kind of
super-referee to enforce what Israel
expects of the Palestinians and vice
"The Palestinian Authority's human
rights record is already deplorable,"
said Hanny Megally, Middle East divi-
sion director for Human Rights Watch
in Washington. "The U.S. doesn't con-
demn these violations now. Will the
U.S. condemn violations once it is part
of the process that creates them?"

Biomedical engineering graduate student Mike Stucky watches the launch of
the spaceshuttle carrying John Glenn yesterday in the Michigan Union.


toric shuttle launch is near perfect

:.:. Phraeuia YOUR RESUME

During the launch, Glenn, 77, was
seated in the middeck, behind the
pilots' cockpit, with astronaut Steve
Robinson and Japanese payload spe-
cialist Chiaki Mukai, who are all
making their second flights. To see
out, Glenn would have had to crane
his neck to the left.
Eight and a half minutes after
lift-off, the space travelers reached
the magic moment of "MECO" -
main engine cutoff. The world of
the shuttle cabin went silent, the
sky had gone black, the apricot
tank had fallen away, and they set-
tled into orbit at a velocity of
about 18,000 miles per hour. And
they were weightless. Back in
orbit, Glenn soon let go the straps
and floated out of his seat - back
in orbit after 36 years.
Discovery commander USAF Lt.
Col Curt Brown Jr. and copilot
USAF Lt. Col. Steven Lindsey
piloted their winged space plane
into an orbit about 340 miles high
- three times as high as Glenn's
first flight.
As they passed over Hawaii, Brown
commented: "Let the record show
that John has a smile on his face that
goes from one ear to the other one and

"Let the record show that John has
a smile on his race that ,goes from
one ear to the other one ..."f
-- USAF Lt. Colonel Curt Brown Jr.
Discovery Commander

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we haven't been able to remove it
The nine-day, $400 million mis-
sion, the 92nd flight of the shuttle
program, carries an international
crew in pursuit of an unusually
wide variety of research goals. In
these respects, NASA says, the
flight foreshadows a "new era" for
human spaceflight.
This phase is to begin in less
than a month when a Russian
Proton rocket lifts off carrying the
first component of the planned,
U.S.-led international space sta-
tion, a million-ton research labora-
tory to be constructed in space by
spacewalking astronauts over a
five-year period.
"You name it, we have it,"
Brown said earlier, describing his
mission's varied payloads and
packed schedule. It is "a stepping
stone, I think, between current

shuttle operations and the space
While the public focus to date
has been on Glenn's research on
aging and the effects of weight-
lessnes, Discovery carries more
than 80 experiments and l1 tons of
cargo that, officials say span the
realm from the inner universe of
the human body to studies of the
sun. The cargo includes an unusu-
ally varied set of commercial
biotechnology experiments, and a
record 20 laptops to handle the sci-
ence data recording. The
researchers will study oyster toad-
fish and cockroaches in weight-
In addition to his role as guinea pig
and experimenter for research on
aging, Glenn is to help crewmates
with dozens of other operations
before the shuttle returns to Earth
Nov. 7.

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