NASA Seeks to Curb Bird Threat to Shuttle

A vulture and an armadillo.

NASA is sweeping the grounds at Kennedy Space Center for road kill, and then using the carcasses as bait to capture vultures. The birds will be released after the shuttle launches. Here, a vulture and an armadillo outside the space center. Nell Boyce, NPR hide caption

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NASA is hard at work trapping vultures near Florida's Kennedy Space Center. Space agency officials want to keep the four-to-six pound birds away from Saturday's shuttle launch.

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