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Space Station Tests Look Successful

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (AP) - It looks like they've passed the latest test.

NASA says everything "looks good," after another test of some crucial computers today aboard the international space station. And that makes it likely that the shuttle Atlantis will return home later in the week.

Monday's tests were aimed at finding out if two Russian computers are able to control the shuttle's orientation.

They weren't able to do so during a computer meltdown last week, so the shuttle's thrusters were used to help the station maintain its position.

NASA managers will now be looking at the results of Monday's tests. They'll decide later if everything is working properly.

Atlantis is supposed to undock Tuesday, and land Thursday in Florida. It's been at the space station since June 10.


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