NASA Gives Go-ahead to Another Shuttle Flight

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Washington, D.C. (AP) - NASA has officially added another space
shuttle flight to its schedule.

The space agency on Thursday set a target launch date of June 28
for the shuttle Atlantis to make the last flight of the space
program. The crew will take up supplies to the International Space
Station and return a faulty pump.

Now three missions remain before NASA retires its shuttle fleet
this year.

NASA added the flight although it doesn't know where it will get
the money to pay for it. The Obama administration and Congress
agreed to the extra flight but Congress hasn't given NASA the few
hundred million dollars needed.

A NASA spokesman said the agency was under the gun to start
preparations. Otherwise, it wouldn't have been able to launch in
late June.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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