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Next Space Tourist Selected

Jul 6, 2003 - US-based Space Adventures has selected the next tourist who will fly into space on board a Russian Soyuz rocket to visit the International Space Station. Space Adventures won't reveal the identity of the tourist right now, but he or she is expected to blast off some time in 2004 or 2005. The tourist will next be required to sign a contract with the Russian space agency and pay the $20 million fee. If successful, he or she will become the third space tourist after Dennis Tito and Mark Shuttleworth.

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Sheets of Debris from a supernova Explosion

Jul 6, 2003 - The most recent image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope shows the delicate looking remnants from a supernova explosion in our nearest galaxy. The remnant, called LMC N 49, is located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, and the supernova would have been visible several thousand years ago. At the core of the object is a rapidly-spinning neutron star which has a magnetic field a quadrillion times stronger than the Earth's field; objects like this are called magnetars.

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Another Delay for Opportunity

Jul 6, 2003 - NASA has pushed back the launch of its second Mars Exploration rover, "Opportunity", again; this time because of a battery failure on the Boeing Delta II booster. The launch has now been set for Tuesday, July 8 at 0235 GMT (10:35 pm EDT Monday). Even this launch date is at risk, though, as there's a 30% chance of weather problems. It looks like the previous problem with the booster's cork insulation has been resolved; although, engineers will be performing further tests to ensure that everything's fine. The spacecraft must launch before July 15 in order to reach Mars.

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