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Goldin Resigns from NASA
NASA administrator Dan Goldin announced on Wednesday that he will be resigning from the space agency next month. Goldin's most memorable, and controversial, legacy will probably be the policy of "cheaper, faster, better", where inexpensive (and sometimes unsuccessful) spacecraft performed the tasks traditionally done by multi-billion dollar probes. Goldin is the longest serving administrator in the history of the agency, taking the job in 1992.
Station Crew Prepares to Move Soyuz
Expedition 3, the current crew of the International Space Station, will pile into their Soyuz capsule on Friday, fly it around the station and dock with the newly installed Pirs module. This will clear up the station's docking port so a new Soyuz launched on October 21 will have room. The relocation will only take 18 minutes to complete.
Orionid Meteor Shower Begins on Sunday
Tiny pieces of Halley's comet will strike the Earth's atmosphere on Sunday during the annual Orionid meteor shower. The shower is expected to peak early Sunday morning, when alert watchers in dark skies will be able to see 15-20 meteors per hour. For the best chance to see the meteors, look in the general direction of Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. This is just a warm up for the Leonid meteor storm next month which could have thousands of meteors every hour.
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