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October 20, 2011

GAO Report Raises Concerns Over ULA Block Buy

Document Says "No Justification" For 40-Rocket Five-Year Purchase Plan

A Congressional watchdog report issued Monday raises questions for taxpayers about a proposed five-year block buy of 40 rocket booster cores being advocated by the rockets' manufacturer, United Launch Alliance (ULA). ULA is a joint venture between aerospace giants Lockheed Martin and Boeing.

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More Satellite Debris To Fall This Weekend

Europe's ROSAT Telescope Weighs 2.4 Tons, Can't Be Steered

Sometime between this Friday, and Monday, October 24, just a month after NASA's six-ton UARS fell into the Pacific, a defunct German satellite called ROSAT will take the plunge. As was the case last month, scientists will not know until just before impact where the space junk is likely to hit the surface of the Earth.

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