The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 6, 2001 · Page 8
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 8

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 6, 2001
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M SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2001 NEWS THE SALINA JOURNAL BRIEFLY Disneyland tree topples, injures 29 ANAHEIM, Calif. — Disneyland officials plan to examine the park's trees after one toppled and injured 29 people. The tree in Frontierland was believed to have been in the park since it opened in 1955, spokesman Ray Gomez said. He said officials would inspect the park's older trees and investigate whether recent high wind was a factor in the incident. Twenty-seven visitors to the park, including several children, were among those hurt Friday when the tree crashed down. Two Disneyland employees also were injured. All suffered minor injuries. Actor Robert Blake's wife shot to death LOS ANGELES — The wife of actor Robert Blake was shot to death in her car while she waited for the former "Baretta" TV star near a restaurant, police said Saturday A police spokesman did not have the victim's name. But in October, Blake confirmed his engagement to Leebonny Bakley, 44, the mother of his 11- month-old daughter. Rose Lenore Sophia Blake. Blake, 67, told officers that as the couple returned to their car from a restaurant he realized he had forgotten something and went back inside to retrieve it. When he returned, Blake said, he found his wife shot and went to call police. From Wire Service Reports • SPACE TOURISM Who's next? Firm that helped put Tito in space has 100 booked for future trips By The Associated Press ARLINGTON, Va. — Plenty of others are lined up to take the place of Dennis Tito, the world's first space tourist. Arlington-based Space Adventures, which helped Tito broker the reported $20 million deal to buy a ride on a Russian spacecraft, says it has several serious customers willing to pay tens of millions of dollars for a trip into outer space. Moreover, the company has already booked 100 reservations for a $98,000 suborbital space flight aboard a "space business jet" that hasn't even been built. Space Adventures declined to release potential space tourists' names. Space Adventures President and Chief Executive Eric Anderson said Tito's weeklong visit to the International Space Station and flight aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket has piqued interest in the fledgling space tourism industry. When the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey" came out in 1968, "people envisioned that flights in space would be routine by now," Anderson said. "When people really think about it, they realize this is long overdue." NASA, which opposed Tito's visit to the space station and demanded he sign waivers Space / Training made him competent FROM PAGE A1 The Associated Press Eric Anderson, president and CEO of Space Adventures (left), and Larry Ortega, vice president of strategic business development, are pictured in tiieir office Friday in Arlington. The company sets up space travel for thie future. agreeing to pay for anything he broke, says it has no plans to let civilians buy flights on its space shuttles. It has, however, worked with its other international partners to develop procedures for future civilian visits to the space station, said NASA spokeswoman Debra Rahn. Those protocols, pushed forward because of Tito's deal, should be in place by the end of June. Tito "just flew a little earlier than the partners had anticipated," Rahn said. For now, the bulk of Space Adventures' effort is directed toward what it hopes can be a more affordable space adven­ ture: suborbital space flight, the type pioneering astronaut Alan Shepard took for the first time exactly 40 years ago, May 5,1961. Space Adventures' goal is to have the first tourists flying by 2005. Anderson envisions a craft that would carry three to six tourists 100 kilometers up in the air, the accepted definition of a space flight. Passengers could experience three or four minutes of weightlessness and be able to look down on almost 3,000 miles of Earth's surface — enough to take in the outline of North America's East Coast. Such a flight could require power fi-om the space station — and powered up the capsule's navigation computer. They donned bulky spacesuits for the flight back to Earth and ensured the Soyuz was airtight before it •undocking from the station. A video attached to the capsule showed the space station quickly receding in the distance and the Earth coming into view. The capsule was to orbit Earth once, then scuttle most of its weight including the habitation module, with toilet and kitchen, and the instrument module, with its batteries and solar wings. That would leave only the 3.3-ton landing capsule. After the touchdown near Arkalyk, the Soyuz crew is to be flown about 250 miles northeast to the Kazak capital Astana for a medical checkup and a welcoming ceremony Then they will fly to Moscow for another ceremony at Star City, the cosmonaut training facility where Tito underwent months of preparation. Russian space officials said that training made him as competent as any professional space traveler, but the U.S. space agency NASA vigorously objected, contending that having a recreational traveler aboard the space station could impair work conducted on the 16-nation project. "It goes well beyond anything that I have ever dreamed," Tito said a day after arriving at the space station. "Living in space is like having a different life, living in a different world." Add-A-Link Diamond Bracelets ON we L e RS Fine Credit Jewelers, It's the little things that matter. 123 N. 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All members of boards, commissions and committees serve without pay - out of a concern for the public good. Forms and more information are available in the City Clerk's Office, Room 206, City-County Building, 300 West Ash Street. If you have questions, please call the City Clerk at 309-5735. ' neede UST DAY TO SAVE! ^ TAKE AN EXTRA 25% OFF ALREADY REDUCED SPRING APPAREL' , MISSES • PETITES • WOMEN'S • JUNIORS MEN'S • CHILDREN'S • HOMESTORE •^Excludes Shoes & Men's Better Collections Dillard's For Your Convenience We Accept Your Dillard's, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Carte Blanche, Or Diner's Club Card.. SHOP TODAY NOON - 6 P.M.

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