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March 15, 2007 3:00 AM

NASA budget squeeze delays the successor to the space shuttle

The federal budget squeeze has forced NASA to abandon hope of launching a successor to its three aging space shuttles by 2014, the target that President Bush set in his Vision for Space Exploration plan three years ago. Instead, the United States will have to rely on Russia or commercial aerospace companies to ferry cargo and crews to the International Space Station for five years after the last shuttle is retired in 2010.

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