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Saturn's Moon Titan using only a fourteen inch Telescope.
Saturn's Moon Titan using only a fourteen inch Telescope.

Small Telescope Helps Make Observations on Titan.

Sep 23, 2003 Sarah Horst, a planetary sciences major at Caltech, helped Astronomers track cloud formations on Saturn's Moon Titan using only a fourteen inch telescope - in Los Angeles. Researchers needed a way to track Titan night after night for several months, but no large observatory could provide this much time to carry out detailed observations. Horst set up an old teaching telescope to track the intensity of light coming from Titan. Whenever something unusual happened, her associates would contact Keck for detailed photographs.

Sea Launch Heads Out for Next Launch.

Sep 23, 2003 The Sea Launch Commander and the Odyssey launch platform headed out to sea on Monday, beginning the journey to reach the equator in the Pacific Ocean. This time around, Sea Launch will be launching the Galaxy XIII/Horizons-1 satellite on board a three-stage Zenit 3SL rocket. The launch window begins at 0403 GMT October 1 (12:03 am EDT). Once it reaches geosynchronous orbit, the satellite will provide digital video, Internet and data services to North America.

Orbital Space Plane Review Completed.

Sep 23, 2003 NASA's Orbital Space Plane program reached an important milestone this week with the completion of its Level 1 requirements review. The review evaluated designs from several contractors for a spacecraft which will provide crew rescue and transfer of personnel to and from the International Space Station. This review was to ensure the proposed vehicles are safe, reliable, affordable, and can be maintained. The review team has also put forth their Level 2 requirements, which are much detailed and describe many features that the proposed designs must include.

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