October 2, 1995
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- Repair crews have replaced a faulty valve on one of the shuttle Columbia's main engines, and the orbiter is again on track for launch.
NASA officials say the shuttle's launch is set for Thursday at 9:40 a.m. EDT (1340 GMT).
Columbia's 16-day mission, originally set to begin last Thursday, was scrubbed when technicians found a valve leaking hydrogen. Seven astronauts, including two women and a Spanish astronaut, will be on board to conduct a shuttle full of scientific experiments.
BOCA RATON, Florida -- A caveman will pop up at post offices around the country on Monday. And so will a one-eyed sailor, a lazy Army private, a red-haired reporter and a perennially young girl with big dark eyes.
It's Alley Oop, Popeye, Beetle Bailey, Brenda Star and Nancy -- all part of the U.S. Postal Service's tribute to 100 years of comic strips. The agency is releasing a 20-stamp series commemorating the anniversary from Florida's International Museum of Carton Art" in Boca Raton.
WASHINGTON -- A Northwest Airlines jet departed Detroit on September 5, bound for Frankfurt, Germany. But the DC-10 made an unscheduled, and inadvertent, stop in Belgium.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident, trying to learn why both flight and ground crews missed several opportunities to correct the jet's flight path. According to the Washington Post, flight attendants and the flight's 241 passengers watched the incorrect flight path on electronic maps in the the plane's cabin.
The newspaper quoted an anonymous source saying that the "three guys up front (the pilot, co-pilot and navigator)" were the only people on board who did not know where the plane was.
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