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Space: Space Station / Docking Conflict / Space Tourism #638224

NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 27, 2001
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Moscow: Dana Lewis) The conflict between the United States and Russia over docking rights for two spacecraft at the International Space Station reported; details given of the refusal of the Russians to delay their Soyuz launch to send the first space tourist, millionaire Dennis Tito, to the space station. [NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) flight director Annette HASBROOK - says there is an agreement not to dock a Soyuz while a shuttle is there.] [Chief engineer Yuri SEMENOV(thru translator) - says the Americans should be able to fix problems in time.] [TITO - comments.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Robert Hager) The efforts of other potential space tourists, such as film director James Cameron, to book a flight into space examined; computer animation shown of spacecraft designs. [Space Adventures Larry ORTEGA - says space tourism is a multi-billion dollar market.] [Former astronaut Jerry LININGER - says commercial space tourism is still a long time away.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Hager, Robert;
Lewis, Dana

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