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NASA Announces Shuttle Launch Time

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NASA announced the official launch time of the Space Shuttle Columbia on Wednesday, as part of its new policy of keeping the time secret until 24 hours before launch. If all goes well, the shuttle will lift off from Florida's Cape Canaveral at 1539 GMT (10:39 am EST). The shuttle won't dock with the International Space Station this mission, so there is a long launch window of 2.5 hours. The weather looks excellent for launch.

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Jan 15, 2003, 8:25pm

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QuikScat Captures Images of Melting Ice Shelf

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An instrument on board NASA's Quick Scatterometer spacecraft has detected the earliest melting in Antarctica's Larsen Ice Shelf. This huge plate of glacier-fed ice has been disintegrating since 1995, losing nearly 10-percent of its size (more than two trillion tonnes of ice), and the most recent chunk disappeared due to a cyclone that sent warm weather into the area.

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Jan 15, 2003, 8:23pm

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Where Should the Next Martian Rovers Land?

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With only a few months to go before NASA launches its next two rovers to Mars, mission planners need to pin down exactly where they want the robot explorers to touch down. The twin Mars Exploration Rovers are scheduled for launch in May and June of 2003, and they currently have four candidate landing locations picked out - each of which offers unique terrain to explore. The final decision will be made in April.

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Jan 15, 2003, 8:21pm

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Two Astronauts Go for a Spacewalk

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Astronauts Donald Pettit and Kenneth Bowersox enjoyed their first ever walk in space on Wednesday as they performed some maintenance work on the International Space Station. The walk was slightly delayed because of a sticky hatch, but after about 20 minutes they made it outside the station. They spent a total of 6 hours and 51 minutes outside the station.

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Jan 15, 2003, 8:14pm




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