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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - March 2, 1990, Tokyo, Japan Stars and Stripes 45th 60 250 AN AUTHORIZED UNOFFICIAL PUBLICATION FOR THE PERSONNEL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF OTHER US GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND AUTHORIZED U S PERSONNEL WITHIN THE US PACIFIC COMMAND TI06 FRIDAY March 1990 Index if Roundups 1011 DwwAbby it 1213 BinNfftOMM T4 V iFHMOifNHI iCU Birthdays 15 2821 Atlantis soars on sixth try in DoD flight Atlantis climbs behind a cloud of steam as it lifts off CAPE AP Space shuttle Atlantis aloft at last on a secret military mission after five launch delays orbited the globe Wednesday in a public silence that NASA officials said meant all was Atlantis blasted off with five mili tary astronauts and a cargo believed to be a spy satellite at its 700foot column of fire visible for hundreds of It was the National Aeronautics and Space Administrations sixth attempt at launching the 100ton spaceship for the one short of a record for the most shuttle Nothing was heard from Atlantis and launch director Bob Sieck The crew was pretty quiet and very The fact that we havent heard anything indicates that all is going according to said Bruce Buck a NASA BECAUSE OF THE classified nature of the Defense Department NASA quickly blacked out public release of communications from the shuttle for the entire originally set for almost was delayed a sixth time because of bad weather at Kennedy Space Center and at emergency abort The first scheduled liftoff was halted when the crews commander was stricken with a His combined with uncertain prompted NASA to scrub the second The others were blocked twice by bad weather and once by a malfunc tioning With rain and clouds threatening another NASA halted Wednesdays countdown for about two The clock was restarted at nine paused briefly for a final weather then ticked to As the rocket light burst from the launch pad and leaped from cloud to cloud across the nighttime PEOPLE AS FAR north as Washing saw the white and red light of Atlantis rockets as the spaceship streaked up the East Coast on the highest inclination orbit ever traveled by a For it resembled a brilliant falling Atlantis 62degree inclination puts it over far northern parts of the Soviet Union never before observed by a shuttlelaunched The spy satellite on board is capable of taking highresolution photographs and listening in on electronic com munications from around the sources who spoke on condition of anonymity The mission is expected to last 4Vz days and end with a landing at See Page 2 Bush calls Gorbachev over world events NEW YORK AP President Bush telephoned Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev Wednesday for a very constructive and frank discussion on the political shakeup in where the Kremlin is credited with helping to promote an honest In what was believed to be their third telephone the two leaders also discussed issues of European including German reunifica and preparations for a superpower summit this according to accounts and the Soviet news agency Bush called the Soviet president before setting out on a crosscountry campaign with stops at New Yorks Staten Island and San Francisco and a weekend meeting in Palm with Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki From Moscow to change is in the Bush said in remarks prepared for a speech in San Francisco at a fundraiser for Republican Pete running for Bush The world has undergone another but this time there is no war and there are fewer tyrants in the world than He called Gorbachev a bold leader who was undertak ing daring In the Revolution of an idea overcame armies and and that idea is Bush This has been true in the Now it is becoming true throughout the Western Hemis first in Panama after Operation Just Cause the invasion to topple Manuel Antonio Noriega and at long for the brave people of Bush Could we have asked for more Bush discussed his conversation with Gorbachev as he flew to New York to campaign for Republican Susan who is hoping to succeed her former Guy in Bush said he assured Gorbachev he was commit ted to moving ahead on armscontrol negotiations under a timetable set up by Secretary of State James Baker and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard The administration hopes for major progress this year on treaties dealing with strategic nuclear conventional arms in Europe and chemi cal Both sides have raised the possibility that the strategicweapons treaty can be signed at the two leaders summit in See Page 2
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