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Slower Spinning stars Puzzle Astronomers

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NASA Astronomers are studying a strange set of stars that spin much slower than expected. Normally, young stars spin quickly as its gravity pulls gas and dust into the centre, but a certain percentage of stars don't - and Astronomers don't know why. There are several theories, but the most intriguing one is that planets have already formed around the star and are stealing momentum away from the parent star. NASA's Origins mission, due for launch next year will help detect planet-forming disks around these young stars.

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May 6, 2002, 3:05pm

Shuttleworth Returns to Earth

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South African space tourist Mark Shuttleworth returned to Earth safely on Sunday after spending 10-days in space, including a visit to the International Space Station. Shuttleworth, cosmonaut Yuri Gidzenko and Italian Astronaut Roberto Vittori stepped from their Soyuz capsule near the Kazakhstan town of Arkalyk, and were greeted fondly by locals, friends and family. To remember his trip to space, Shuttleworth bought the Soyuz capsule and his flight suit.

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May 5, 2002, 2:04pm

Delta Launches Aqua Satellite

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NASA's newest Earth observation satellite launched Saturday aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Called Aqua, the satellite will gather data about global precipitation, evaporation and the cycling of water to help scientists understand if there's any acceleration of the Earth's water cycle and due to changing climate. The Infrared sounder on board will measure the Earth's atmosphere and help improve weather prediction.

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May 4, 2002, 2:21pm

SPOT 5 Launched on Board Ariane Rocket

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An Ariane 4 rocket blasted off from Kourou, French Guiana Saturday morning at 0131 GMT (9:31 pm EDT Friday), carrying a French-built SPOT 5 remote sensing satellite. The spacecraft separated from the booster 19 minutes after launch and was placed into an 810-km Sun-synchronous orbit. The satellite will provide high-resolution images of the Earth's surface at a resolution of 2.5 metres. This was Arianespace's 200th rocket launch.

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May 3, 2002, 2:42pm



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