New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 26, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Just another flight
Shuttle offers almost no challenge to debriefing crew at NASA
SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) - Space shuttle Challenger suffered damage to its brakes and protective tiles, officials said Saturday, but its flight was so uneventful that the astronauts will get the shortest debriefing in the history of US. manned spaceflight
Flight commander Robert Cnppen and his four crewmembers, including Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, face only 44 days of questioning and review by experts, in contrast to almost three weeks for the crews of previous space missions
’’There are fewer than before,” safl White, an
specialist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. ‘Tt’s becoming routine.”
The abbreviated briefing schedule enabled the astronauts to enjoy a rare weekend off, resting and sleeping to help reset sleep cycles that were turned upside down for the mission Crippen, Mf Ride and crewmates John Fabian, Frederick Hauck and Dr. Norman Thagard landed
the space shuttle Challenger on a dry lake bed runway at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., early Friday after twice being waved off from landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Dense, low-hanging clouds blocked what was to have been the shuttle’s first landing at the Florida spaceport where it is launched It was the only major disappointment of a near-flawless six days in orbit.
At Edwards, Jim Harrington, a NASA official in charge of processing the shuttle on the ground, said Challenger suffered greater-than-expected damage to tiles that cover the hull He said there were about 25 tiles with ‘ pretty severe damage" and the number could increase with a closer inspection.
He also said one of four brake systems on the craft shattered during the rollout after landing. Pieces of the brakes fell off when technicians tried to tow the craft to a hangar. The broken brake system was removed for analysis Normally, said Harrington, the brakes should last five landings. Flight Seven
was the second for Challenger.
Technicians were preparing the craft for a piggyback trip to Florida atop a modified Boeing 747. Officials hope to have it ready to leave by Thursday. It is scheduled to make the cross-country trip in one day, stopping in San Antonio, Texas, briefly to refuel.
NASA officials said the unexpected California landing may delay by eight days the launch of Flight Eight, now set for mid-August, but a rapid turnaround could restore some of the lost days. Harrington said he was uncertain if the tile and brake damage would add to the delay.
Ll. Gen. James Abrahamson, director of the space shuttle program, said the disappointment in having to land in California instead of Florida will not set back the shuttle program "significantly.”
He noted the next attempt to land in Flonda will most likely not come until Flight ll, now set for January.
Five indicted in 'Twilight'crash
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five members of the "Twilight Zone" movie production company — including director John Landis — were indicted Friday on involuntary manslaughter charges in the deaths of actor Vie Morrow and two children.
The five were named in a grand jury indictment unsealed before Superior Court Judge Ronald George. The movie, which opened earlier this month in Binghamton, NY., opened nationally Friday.
All five defendants pleaded innocent.
Morrow and the two children were killed on a set of the movie when a helicopter crashed.
Landis alone was charged with all five counts of involuntary manslaughter in the indictment Three of the counts charge involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of Morrow and the children. The other two charge
involuntary’ manslaughter based on violations of the state labor code which governs employment conditions for minors.
Also indicted were associate producer George Foisey Jr., unit production manager Dan Allingham, special effects
coordinator Paul Stewart and helicopter pilot Dorcey Wingo.
All five worked on the segment of "Twilight Zone: The Movie," that was being filmed when Morrow and the children were killed
"Is your true name John I^mdis'’” asked Deputy District Attorney Gary Kesselman as the director stood before him.
“Yes," Iandis replied.
Asked how he pleaded to the charges, the dark-haired director said in a firm voice, "Not guilty."
Foisey, Allingham, Stewart and Wingo then followed the same procedure, each pleading innocent.
Reagan, de la Madrid to meetMexican president Miguel de la Madrid will meet with President Reagan in Juarez, Mexico.
EL PASO (AP> — President Reagan and Mexican President Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado will meet this summer for the first time since they took office, flying to Mexico's remote Copper Canyon after talks in the twin border cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez Reagan, who will be in El Paso Aug 12 to address the American GI Forum's national convention, and de la Madrid will visit Juarez, the largest city along the 1,960-mile U.S.-Mexico border, and fly to Chihuahua City, about 240 miles south of El Paso, Reagan aide Michael Green said
Reagan, who will travel on Air Force One. and de la Madrid, will stop briefly in Chihuahua City, a large mining center where Pancho Villa once lived, and fly about IOO miles west to Barranca del Cobre, Mexico's famed Copper Canyon area in the remote Sierra Madres, Green said
Copper Canyon, which has half-mile deep gorges that tourists liken to the Grand Canyon, only is accessible by tram, plane or four-wheel vehicles It also is the home of the reclusive Tarahumara Indians. which anthropologists say may I**
the most primitive tribe in North America.
Reagan, who is courting America's 14.6 million Hispanics, will be visiting the most Hispanic large city in the U.S. when he goes to El Paso. Sixty-two percent of the city’s 460,000 residents are Hispanic.
Juarez. Mexico’s fourth largest city and across the Rio Grande from El Paso, has nearly I million residents Tile two leaders’ talks will center on the economy, which lias Mexico in its worst financial throes since the 1910-17 Revolution, said U.S. Vice Consul Stuart Spoede in Juarez Reagan also will be trying to woe more Republican votes in Texas, a state that is "eminently Democratic/* Green said The G I Forum also has signed up presidential aspirants Walter Mondale and Sen John Glenn, IMJhio, to speak before the convention's 1,700 delegates.
Reagan and de la Madrid abo may visit Juarez’s Olympic Stadium, where several international soccer games preceeding the World Cup in Mexico City are to be played. Green said.
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Girls challenge weight rule
CHANNELVIEW. Texas (AIG — Barbara Blackstock has a weighty problem, and she’s bringing it to the Texan Board of Education and the American Civil Uberties Union Mrs Blackstock. who has two daughters on the local high school drill team, is challenging a team rule that penalizes overweight members Mrs Blackstock* da nobler, Laura, exceeded her weight limit three times in the past school year, drawing probation for her latter two offenses Miss Blackstock, a 15-year-old •ophaniure. la i$arU*-fccl4».
with a weight Unlit ut I JO pounds The rule is hurting us," Miss Blackstock said "We're not eating, we're taking fluid pills, and some girls force themselves to throw up As long as you look good in a costume, it should ta' okay.”
Her mother said several members of the Chunnelettes drill squad "are making themselves elf* to stay under the weight Unlit I can see having a guideline andworking with a kid on a weight problem, but kicking them out is a little crude ”
Mrs Blackstock said she has reqdwted a hearing on the
matter before Hie Texas Board of Education and that she also will ask the ACLU to challenge the rule, which has existed for about 20 years
About IO of tile squad's 40 members were disciplined for weight infractions last year. Mrs Blackstock said
School board member Berime Oaken said the board lias "no intention of changing" the weight rule
"These kids get in the program knowing what is required of them.” Oaken said "So I don't see where it violates thrir civil rights many way "
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