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Russians Say Bass is Back in Training

Pop singer Lance Bass is getting closer to getting his chance to fly in space according to an announcement from the Russian Space Agency on Friday. Bass, 23, will fly to Houston around the end of August where he will receive training from NASA. Although he is backed by a consortium of companies for the trip, no part of the $20 million fee has been paid yet - the Russians are expecting at least a deposit by the end of this week. If all goes well, Bass will join a Soyuz crew in October to visit the International Space Station for a week. He would become the youngest person ever to fly in space.

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Aug 18, 2002, 10:09pm

Astronauts Install Debris Shields on the Station

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Expedition Five Commander Valery Korzun and Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson spent more than 4 hours in space on Friday, working on improvements to the International Space Station. During this first of two spacewalks scheduled for Expedition Five, the astronauts installed six debris shields to the outside of the Zvezda module - these are designed to stop micrometeorites from damaging the station and crew. Seventeen more shields will be installed in future missions.

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Aug 18, 2002, 9:59pm

Space Rock Sneaks Past the Earth

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Amateur Astronomers were given a rare treat on Sunday when asteroid 2002 NY40 passed within 530,000 kilometres of the Earth (a little further than the distance from Earth to the Moon). Over the course of a few hours, the 800 metre space rock passed through several constellations in the night sky, visible in binoculars or a small telescope. 2002 NY40 is of minor concern as Astronomers believe there is a 1/500,000 chance it could strike the Earth in 2022 - the flyby will give them an opportunity to better calculate its future path.

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Aug 18, 2002, 9:48pm

NASA Loses Comet Chasing Spacecraft

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NASA scientists haven't given up hope in their search for the missing Contour spacecraft, which disappeared shortly after it was supposed to fire its thrusters on Thursday. A telescope captured an image of two separate objects, moving in the direction Contour was supposed to be headed, leading to speculation that the spacecraft broke in two, but this hasn't been confirmed yet. Had it worked properly, Contour would now be on its way to meet up with two comets to take high resolution photos of their nuclei.

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Aug 18, 2002, 9:37pm

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