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Early on in its life, the massive star expanded to become a red giant.
Early on in its life, the massive star expanded to become a red giant.

Chinese Launch is a Success.

Oct 15, 2003 China joined an elite club of spacefarers on Wednesday with the launch of the Shenzhou 5 spacecraft from the Jiuquan desert launch site. At precisely 9:00am local time (0100 GMT), a Long March 2 rocket blasted into the sky carrying Astronaut Yang Liwei into orbit - and into the history books.

Chandra's View of the Crescent Nebula.

Oct 15, 2003 A new composite/optical image taken by the Chandra X-Ray Observatory shows a portion of the Crescent Nebula, a gaseous shell surrounding the massive star HD 192163. Early on in its life, the massive star expanded to become a red giant, and then compacted down again and began emitting an intense stellar wind that pushed material away at 4.8 million kph. We see the nebula from Earth because the wind is heating up the shell of material the star left when it was a red giant. The massive star is only 4.5 million years old, but it’s already nearing death; Astronomers believe it will explode as a supernova within 100,000 years.

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