114) The executive director of NOW LDEF
noted starkly "that the courthouse doors have been closed to millions of children being raised by caring people not biologically related to them.
After nearly six years in low Earth orbit, LDEF was retrieved in January 1990 by the shuttle Columbia.
Line plots of protected and exposed portions of Kapton film flown on Row 3 of the LDEF.
The LDEF, which was built by NASA's Langley Research Center (Hampton, Va.
The LDEF experiments gathered information on space radiation, atomic oxygen, meteoroids, space debris, space systems, and life sciences.
, PC, DOS, SATCOM, TWX, TELEX, LANs, RAMs, ROMs, FEDEX, FAX.
But delays after the 1986 Challenger accident kept LDEF waiting until January 1990, when a space shuttle rescued it just days before the craft would have met a fiery demise in Earth's atmosphere (SN: 11/11/89, p.
Researchers analyzing the wealth of LDEF data now report that one of its experiments produced the most comprehensive, high-resolution map ever of debris left in Earth-orbit by other spacecraft.
says his company will begin an optical analysis of the LDEF
coatings this month to explore initial reports that radiation stripped fluoride atoms from the coatings' surface, an effect possibly similar to that seen by Mendenhall and Weller.
Engineers at Kennedy Space Center in Florida this week began removing the trays containing 57 LDEF
experiments, which NASA will distribute to more than 200 investigators.
did stay in space, stranded there more than four years longer than originally planned.
The original plan was to leave LDEF
there for a year, but it stayed longer because of the busy shuttle schedule; then Challenger blew up, leaving LDEF
still in space, from which NASA expects to retrieve it on Nov.