Monday, June 12, 2006

Vultures: Please exit left

NASA hopes to keep Turkey and Black Vultures away from Kennedy Space Center in Florida next month when it launches the Discovery space shuttle.

Their concern isn't unmerited. Last July, a vulture collided with Discovery after liftoff, creating concern about a replay of the Columbia tragedy in February 2003, when damage from foam debris led to the shuttle's disintegration during re-entry.

To deter the vultures, NASA plans to play battlefield noises, temporarily trap the birds in cages baited with carcasses and water, and remove roadkill from nearby roads.


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