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Watch the Shuttle Mission Live

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Okay, if you want more information about the current Space Shuttle mission, I highly recommend that you just go straight to the source and watch it live - directly from NASA. Many people don't know, but NASA has its own television channel called NASA TV (boring name, I know; I would have called it Space Action Theatre!, but that's me). I don't know of any cable companies that support it, but you can usually get the station with a satellite dish.

If you don't have a satellite dish, or you want to watch the coverage from your computer, then you can watch it on the Internet. The quality of the video stream can be pretty good. Don't just watch a 10-second clip on CNN, watch the whole spacewalk live and hear the communications between the astronauts and the ground control. The helmet cam is the coolest innovation.

So, where to watch it on the Internet? First check out NASA's schedule of events here. Then, find a place to watch it on the web. NASA lists some sources on this page, but let me save you the time. Yahoo has the most reliable stream.

Whew, I should probably get job in NASA's PR department. ;-)

P.S. The Christian Science monitor wrote an article about the Hubble mission, used universe Today as a source and asked for a link in return. Gladly!

Mar 5, 2002, 9:34am

Hubble Gets New Solar Panels

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Spacewalking astronauts spent their second day outside the Space Shuttle Columbia on Tuesday, adding a second new solar array to the Hubble Space Telescope. During the 7-hour, 16-minute spacewalk, astronauts James Newman and Michael Massimino also replaced one of the telescope's stabilizing gyroscopes. The newly installed solar arrays are smaller than the telescope's previous arrays, but they actually provide 20% more power. Three more spacewalks are still planned.

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Mar 5, 2002, 8:32am

NASA Makes Contact With Pioneer

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Even though it's a distant 11.9 billion kilometres away, Pioneer 10 is still coming in loud and clear. NASA scientists sent a message to the spacecraft from California using the agency's Deep Space Network and received a reply just over 22 hours later at a dish in Spain. This communication occurred on the 30th anniversary of the spacecraft's launch.

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Mar 5, 2002, 7:49am

Columbia Links up With Hubble

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Nearly 48 hours after launching from Cape Canaveral, the Space Shuttle Columbia caught up with the Hubble Space Telescope, grabbed it with the Canadarm and linked up. After the Sunday morning link up, the Astronaut crew activated the motors that retract Hubble's solar panels - unused since 1993, they performed flawlessly. Astronauts John Grunsfeld and Rick Linnehan will begin their first spacewalk on Monday to install new solar arrays.

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Mar 3, 2002, 10:59am



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