Tlingit mask's space trip delayed

Posted: Friday, October 06, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- A Tlingit bear mask scheduled to blast into space on the space shuttle Discovery has been bumped.

Sealaska Corp. shareholder and Boeing employee Richard Cogo suggested having a piece of Alaska Native art join the space program.

Ross Soboleff, vice president of corporate communications for the Juneau-based Native corporation, said everything was set to have the wooden mask ride the Thursday shuttle launch to a berth on the International Space Station.

However, other payload priorities intervened, Soboleff said, adding that the mask will go on a different flight.

The shuttle's scheduled launch was also delayed because of last-minute concerns over bolts on the external fuel tank.

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