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Miami Herald - Boy, 4, Dies After Epcot
A 4-year-old boy died at Walt Disney World
after collapsing Monday on board a space flight simulator
that has caused chest pains and nausea in older riders.
USATODAY - Earth-Like Planet Discovered
Orbiting Nearby Star
The ride, Mission: Space, is at the center
of an ongoing federal lawsuit between the Pennsylvania firm
that originated the design and Disney -- a suit in which
public safety was among the disputes.
A planet that may be Earth-like - but too hot
for life as we know it - has been discovered orbiting a
ABC - NASA Returns Discovery to Launch Pad
The discovery, using
data obtained from the W.M. Keck Observatory atop Mauna Kea
on the Big Island of Hawaii, was announced Monday at the
National Science Foundation.
NASA returned the space shuttle Discovery to
the launch pad Wednesday for the first mission since the
Columbia disaster, after replacing the external fuel tank
with a new model designed to prevent dangerous ice buildup.
MSNBC - Russia Shows Off Kliper Spacecraft
Shuttle managers are aiming for a liftoff
as early as July 13.
Discovery's four-mile trek from the
assembly building to the launch pad aboard the giant shuttle
transporter took more than 10 hours. The morning trip was
halted several times because of overheated bearings in the
40-year-old old transporter, and the speed fell below the
usual mile per hour.
Visitors to the Paris Air Show are being
treated to a full-scale mockup of Russia's proposed Kliper
BBC - AI Developed for Mars Explorers
The multi-use vehicle is one piece of
Russia's Rosaviakosmos display at the Pairs Air Show now
underway until June 19.
Rosaviakosmos is Russia's Federal Space
Agency, with the Kliper design a product of that country's
Energia Rocket and Space Corporation.
A computer system designed to look for life
on Mars has been tested at a terrestrial location resembling
the landing site of Nasa rover Opportunity.
The "intelligent" system can replace
geologists' duties, say its creators.