Bright & Brief
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) _ A 3,000-ton vehicle used to haul space shuttles and other spacecraft around Kennedy Space Center has logged its 1,000th mile - after a quarter of a century.
The crawler transporter’s odometer reached the milestone Sunday while carrying Columbia from the Vehicle Assembly Building 3.4 miles to a launch pad where the shuttle will await a mid-May liftoff.
″She isn’t very pretty, and it isn’t very fast, not very streamlined. But it’s truly an elegant machine,″ Doug Sargent, president of Lockheed Space Operations Co., said at a brief ceremony.
The 25-year-old transporter moves on four double-tracked trucks at a pace of 2 mph - when not loaded. While carrying a shuttle, the vehicle zips along at less than 1 mph.
The center has two of the transporters; the other has logged about 975 miles.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Six-year-old Elizabeth Gregory wanted desperately to be a flower girl in someone’s wedding, so her parents placed a classified advertisement saying she was available.
″We had about 10 calls from brides and we accepted four of them,″ said her mother, Anne Gregory.
The ad also attracted the attention of reporters, and friends of Anne and her husband, Randy, have told them they heard the story on national radio and television shows, Mrs. Gregory said.
The first bride, Sheila Donner, stopped by the Gregorys’ home a week ago to meet with Elizabeth.
It was love at first sight, Mrs. Gregory said.
Elizabeth agreed that the pairing was a good one. ″When the bride came over, she said she wanted our dresses to match,″ she said. ″I’m going to give a flower to everyone on the ends″ of the pews.
Elizabeth said she wasn’t nervous about the duties she faces.
″I think I have it under control,″ she said.