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Mar 8, 2010 1:24 PM

NASA to repair deep space antenna in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The deep space antenna that relayed Neil Armstrong's famous "one giant leap for mankind" declaration from the moon to a rapt American audience will be offline for eight months for repair.

Work will begin this week to replace a steel donut-shaped bearing on the aging 230-foot-wide antenna at the NASA Deep Space Network site in California.

NASA says interplanetary communications will not be disrupted during the repair.

Spacecraft that depend on the Goldstone antenna instead will communicate with two other 230-foot-wide dishes in Spain and Australia.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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