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Atlantis releases
Eureca satellite
European spacecraft wanders too low
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— Atlantis' astronauts released a
European satellite Sunday after an
anxious day's delay, but the
spacecraft ran into more trouble
and was left wandering too low
with its load of crystals, seeds and
shrimp eggs.
Unless the $213 million Eureca
satellite is raised to a higher alti
tude, its orbit will decay to the
point where the craft cannot be re
trieved by astronauts next spring
as planned. The satellite would
plunge through the atmosphere
and bum up.
Engineers at the European
Space Agency's control center in
Darmstadt, Germany, struggled to
understand the latest problem,
which involved the satellite's
steering system.
The solution may be as simple
as sending up a computer pro
gram correction, said Eckart Graf,
a program manager for the Euro
pean Space Agency, which owns
the satellite.
Eureca managers hoped to fire
the satellite's on-board thrusters
as early as Monday, provided the
problem can be resolved by then,
and boost the craft to its proper
altitude of 320 miles.
“We consider it as a glitch in
the procedure, as a delay. It's a
very unfortunate one," Graf said.
“However, we are optimistic and
very confident that we will have a
solution at hand very soon."
Eureca's ascent was interrupt
ed shortly after Swiss astronaut
Claude Nicollier freed the satellite
from the end of the shuttle's robot
arm 264 miles above Earth. The
thruster burn was halted when
the satellite appeared to be in the
wrong position.
Eureca only got as high as 276
miles as a result of the six-minute
bum, which was supposed to last
four times that long.
The reusable satellite, a box
shaped structure with solar
wings, contains brine shrimp
eggs, bacteria and fungi spores,
seeds, a crystal-growing furnace,
a telescope, solar monitors and a
cosmic dust catcher.
At 9,900 pounds and 66 feet
across, it is the largest satellite
ever built by the European Space
Graf said the biological sam
ples would not be damaged at the
current altitude. But the scientific
studies cannot begin until the
satellite is in a stable orbit. The
jostling of thruster firings would
ruin the experiments.
“We are taking all the time
necessary to do trouble-shooting
and find the solution," Graf said.
“We are not under pressure."
Graf said the positioning prob
lem was unrelated to the commu
nications trouble with Eureca that
arose just before the satellite was
to be released Saturday.
Delay creates
new sighting
(AP) — The one-day delay in
releasing a European science
satellite from Atlantis has cre
ated more shuttle viewing op
portunities for people in Texas*
NASA revised its shuttle
sighting schedule after the re
lease of the Eureca satellite
slipped from Saturday to Sun
day, and delayed an orbital
lowering of Atlantis. Overall,
there are more than four times
as many viewing opportuni
ties as before.
Atlantis, launched Friday, is
flying at the usual 28-degree
inclination, the angle of the or
bit to the equator. That path
will take the shuttle only as far
north as the Kennedy Space
Center in east-central Florida
and as far south as southern
The shuttle will be visible to
the naked eye in parts of Flori
da, Texas and Louisiana as At
lantis circles Earth this week.
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Technology, hospital bills
boost outpatient surgery
DALLAS (AP) — People facing the prospect of
lengthy, expensive hospital stays are more often
choosing the cheaper option of outpatient surgery
and at-home care, medical professionals say.
That, coupled with new technology that enables
more serious operations to be performed outside
the hospital, is providing new business opportuni
ties for companies that specialize in outpatient
“Medicine will turn upside down in the next
four years," said Donald Steen, chief executive of
ficer of Dallas-based Medical Care International,
which operates 84 surgical centers. “The escalation
of health-care costs cannot continue unabated."
Medical Care International will perform about
350,000 outpatient surgeries this year, Steen said.
When the company was founded in 1981, he
said, only about 15 percent of surgery was outpa
tient. Today, 13 million surgeries — about 55 per
cent of all surgery — is done on an outpatient ba
About one in five outpatient surgeries is per
formed in a surgical center.
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But obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Max McGin
nis of Richardson said his patients had to be con
vinced the quality of care would equal that offered
by a hospital.
“In the beginning, it took a good explanation
from me to the patient, because they were appre
hensive about not having the security of a major
hospital's back-up facilities in the event of a car
diac arrest or a major complication," McGinni;
Podiatrist Roy Ashton needed less persuasior, tntests^pver^a
to accept outpatient surgery centers, which lit
termed “one stop shopping."
“When my office needs to schedule a surgery,
it's one phone call," Ashton said. “If you have to
call a hospital, you have to schedule anesthesia,
the admitting office, the surgery department."
Baylor Medical Center in Dallas figures that re
moving a cataract costs $1,400 on an outpatient ba
sis, compared with $2,074 at a major hospital. A
breast biopsy is $900 vs. $2,323; and myrincotm;
(putting drainage tubes in a child's ears) is $700 vs.
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Storms bring rain, tornado to Texas
(AP) — Rolling clouds and
spectacular lightning crossed over
much of the state Sunday, dump
ing heavy rain in some areas.
A tornado briefly touched
down in central Montgomery
County near Lake Conroe, where
it tore the roof off of a house. The
thunderstorm that spawned this
tornado was 7 miles west of Con
roe at 7 p.m. moving to the south
The National Weather Service
late in the afternoon issued thun
derstorm warnings for counties
including Dallas, Grayson and
Wichita. A flash flood watch was
in effect for eastern portions of the
Rainfall totals to near three
inches caused low-level flooding
in Upshur County. Dime-sized
hail was reported north of Com
Strong and variable winds
were found in and near the thun
Skies were partly to mostl
sunny over most of West Tex:
except for cloudy skies over pat
of the Concho Valley.
The Central South Texas if]
mained under partly to mostl
cloudy skies. Showers and
derstorms, some with heavy rain
developed Sunday afternoonii
the northern and coastal sections
Temperatures at 3 p.m. varie;
from 70s in rain-cooled'
Texas to near 100 in the lower valj
Continued from Page 3
a smaller amount of business
produced from advertising
during those games.
Maybe the Cubs' real fear is
competition from their Ameri
can League counterparts on
the south side. As the Cubbies
have floundered the past three
years trying to decide if they
are good, bad or indifferent,
the White Sox have developed
one of the most exciting teams
in the game. Granted, most
Sox games are shown on the
cable outlet SportsChannel,
but the Pale Hose have found
themselves on WGN more and
more lately. That's a trend
that could continue and grow
next year if realignment takes
If a successful attempt to
block realignment does come
about, however, the conse
quences might be more than
the Cubs can handle. Atlanta
general manager John Schuer-
holz has already expressed his
relief over moving to the East,
and hopefully Marge Schott
knows enough about the game
to feel the same way. If their
teams are forced to stay in the
West, their trips to Chicago
might spark a few fireworks,
to say nothing of the war of
words that would come about.
Israelis bomb
Hezbollah base
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli
aircraft blasted a Shiite Muslim
guerrilla base in stouth Lebanon
Sunday, the military command
The base belonging to the
pro-Iranian fundamentalist
Hezbollah, or Party of God, was
located in the village of A1
Qalaylah, just north of Israel's
self-proclaimed security zone
and south of Rashideyah, the
command said in a statement.
out mentioning casualties.
Lebanese police in Tyre said
a 60-year-old woman was
wounded when two Israeli heli
copter gunships fired rockets a:
the village, which is monitored
by U.N. peacekeeping forces.
All aircraft returned safely to
base, said the statement, with-
The raid was the fifth Israeli
air strike against Hezbollah tar
gets since July 23 and the 24$
this year, according to Israel's
count. In all, 37 people have
been killed and 91 wounded,
according to Lebanese police
Continued from Page 3
John Jaha. For Byington, the new
mix is an appealing one.
"They (the Milwaukee organiza
tion) really do a good job of hiring
people," Byington said. "They
get quality guys. The organiza
tion is really good at that aspect."
Although his future is bright,
Byington faces a tough struggle to
get to "The Show." Hundreds^
minor leaguers never even mal
it past Single-A, much less
vance to the majors. But By
ton's faith has been stron
enough to put him at the top belli
in college and at Double-A.
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Health tips
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Finally, after this distancing process is completed,
it takes a concerted effort to learn how to "live and
love" again. This can be a long process that is often
preceded by great personal pain. The depression
that often follows the decision that you need to dis
tance yourself from the addict to make yourself hap
py, can often be very severe. However, by making
goals for yourself, and slowly but constantly work
ing forward, a happier and healthier lifestyle can be
You might be surprised that some of the behaf
iors mentioned at the beginning of this article co
in the long run, have such serious ramifications,
they are often just the proverbial tip of the icebef
In order to avoid serious later life difficulties, be ai
to recognize these behaviors for what they are,tf
dependency, and address them immediately. Iff 1
would like more information on this subject or
health-related topics, please contact the Health Ed«
cation Center (845-1341). For counseling to help f
with a problem, contact the Student Counselin;
vice on the third floor of the YMCA Building fora®
appointment. For information on alcohol-related
concerns, contact the Center for Drug Prevention and
Education (845-0280).
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man class.
"We have four to five years with these guys, so
that will give us the opportunity to either take
weight off some guys and put weight on other
guys," Slocum said. "Even if some of the guys do
not play this year, we will not write them off yet."
The veterans officially report today which gave
the A&M coaches five days to spend exclusively
with the freshman. Slocum said he felt this was a
great chance for the new-arrivals to make an impres
sion by showing their work ethic.
"We do not know how they are going to react to
playing a new offense or defense until we can in
struct them ourselves," Slocum said. "This is an
equal opportunity for each one to improve across the
board by working hard without any pressure from
the upperclassmen.
"But we will not make any judgments until they
actually put on some pads and play for us."
Wyatt knows today's practice will be different
from any of the previous ones.
"This will be definitely a different type of atmos
phere," Wyatt said. "Practice has been at a slowei
pace because the coaches have been instructing u s
but now it will get faster."
The soft-spoken Wyatt could make a serious pus®
for playing time this season in a defensive backfield
that was trimmed down by graduation. Former All
American Kevin Smith, Chris Grooms, and Kai)
Vincent have taken their talents to the National Fool
ball League while Marlin Haynes and Ramsey Brad
berry have gone to pursue other ventures.
Wyatt was a little gun-shy when discussing possi
ble action on Kyle Field, though.
"Coach (Trent) Walters has not indicated an)
thing about playing time," he said. "It is up in argest forn
air about time right now but I am going to give a tr) lad strained
as best as I can.
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