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Former astronaut anticipates shuttle return

Former astronaut and head of Center of Science and Industry Katheryn Sullivan says NASA should stick with space exploration despite recurring problems with the space shuttle Discovery and the Columbia Disaster.

Sullivan was the first woman to walk in space, and worked on several space shuttles. She describes the shuttles re-entry into the earth's atmosphere as incredibly intense.

Sullivan adds NASA should create what she calls bolder goals for space exploration, including the exploration of Mars. She fears if the program is halted, the country will lose its edge among world leaders.

NPR 820, WOSU-AM will provide live coverage of the return of space shuttle Discovery, scheduled for early Monday morning. Coverage begins at 4 a.m.