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Tuesday, August 27, 2002



The Contour spacecraft, a $159 million probe designed to chase comets, broke apart into three pieces on August 15 when it fired its solid-propellant rocket motor and has been silent since. Scientists are lobbying for a replacement mission, saying it could be readied for launch by April 2006 at a cost $10 million to $20 million less than the original.


posted by John Branch @ 8:02 AM


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