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Canada's Space telescope Begins Operations

Aug 5, 2003 - After one month in space, Canada's Microvariability & Oscillations of stars (MOST) space telescope began operations for the first time last week. A team of engineers and scientists from Dynacon, and the Universities of Toronto and BC issued the command that opens the door, allowing starlight into the sensitive observatory. MOST will measure the oscillation in the light intensity coming from various stars to help determine their composition and age.

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Cosmonaut Planning Space Marriage

Aug 5, 2003 - Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko is going ahead with his plans to marry his fiancÚ from space on August 10, despite protests from the Russian Aerospace Agency. Malenchenko will be represented at the wedding by a lawyer, and he'll call in from the station during a special time when the astronauts are allowed to call their families. Astronaut Ed Lu quietly arranged to have his tailcoat and ring sent up on a recent Progress cargo ship.

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NASA Picks the Next Mars Lander

Aug 5, 2003 - NASA announced on Monday that it has selected the University of Arizona's "Phoenix" mission to launch to Mars in 2007 as part of its new, low-cost Scout mission. NASA has granted the university $325 million to build the spacecraft, which will land on the planet's northern pole, which is rich in water ice. The mission will have two goals: to study the geologic history of water, and to search for evidence of a habitable zone that may exist in the ice-soil boundary.

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