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Taking the Temperature of a Hurricane's Eye

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When Hurricane Erin was beating up the North Atlantic last year, NASA researchers decided to take its temperature. Using a special aircraft, researchers dropped eight sensors into the area round the storm's eye, a place that contains the most powerful winds and warmest temperatures. Using this data, they were able to create a three-dimensional image of the complete inner core.

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May 1, 2002, 2:07pm

NASA Gets Closer to Space Shuttle Replacement

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NASA believes it's one step closer to replacing the aging Space Shuttle fleet. After analyzing hundreds of potential vehicle concepts, the Space Launch Initiative (SLI) has short listed the potential suppliers down to three teams: Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Orbital Sciences/Northrop Grumman. Each team has provided several ideas that fulfill the requirements of the SLI: carry humans and satellites into orbit; carry government or commercial payloads; be operated by the private industry; and launch at a fraction of the cost of the space shuttle.

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May 1, 2002, 1:40pm

First Pictures from Hubble's New Camera

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NASA provided the first pictures today from the newly refurbished Hubble Space Telescope. Among the four new images unveiled to the public today included colliding galaxies, and several nebulas. The Advanced Cameral for Surveys was installed by the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis just a few months ago, and seems to be working well. Operators expect it will be ten times more efficient than the observatory's previous camera - so far, so good.

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Apr 30, 2002, 4:28pm



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