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Astronaut Soichi Noguchi, whose mission on the space shuttle Atlantis in March has been scrubbed in the wake of the Feb. 1 re-entry disintegration of the Columbia, expressed determination Friday to join the crew if the flight is rescheduled.

“A space challenge is worth making even if it entails risks. I would like to continue with the voyage with the aim of honoring the wishes of the seven lost crew members,” he said, referring to the astronauts aboard the Columbia.

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