Solar mission unsuccessful

 

Cape Canaveral - NASA gave up hope yesterday of salvaging the Spartan solar science mission because of dwindling fuel supplies aboard the space shuttle Columbia.

Spacewalking astronauts rescued the Spartan spacecraft last Monday after a botched release left it spinning in space. Scientists had hoped that it could be set free a second time to accomplish at least some of its mission, but Columbia was deemed to be too low on fuel.