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Hubble Shows the Rotten Egg Nebula.
August 27, 2001 - Largest Known asteroid Found
Hubble Shows the Rotten Egg Nebula
Proton Rocket Launches with Military Satellite
Launch Delayed for New Japanese Rocket
LARGEST KNOWN asteroid FOUND
The European Southern observatory confirmed on Friday that they have found the largest asteroid in our solar system, breaking the record held by Ceres which was discovered in 1801. The new object, named 2001 KX76 for now, is estimated to measure 1,200 km across, and was found out by the orbit of Pluto in our Solar System's Kuiper Belt. Instead of looking to the sky with a telescope, the team searched through older photographs, using a technique called "virtual astronomy".
HUBBLE SHOWS THE ROTTEN EGG NEBULA
A new photograph of the "Rotten Egg Nebula" taken by the Hubble Space Telescope shows the complex gas structures in a planetary nebula, which until now have only been theorized. The photograph contains a dying star, shrouded by dust, which is ejecting material at 1.5 million km/h in opposite directions. The young nebula is only 800 years old, and measures 1.4 light-years in length and is located in the constellation Puppis, some 5,000 light-years from Earth
PROTON ROCKET LAUNCHES WITH MILITARY SATELLITE
A Russian Proton-K rocket carrying a classified Cosmos-2379 military satellite launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Saturday. The launch had originally been schedule for Friday, but it was cancelled at the last minute because of technical problems. Liftoff came at 2034 GMT, and separation happened 6 hours later on a trajectory that will place it into geosynchronous orbit over the equator - the exact purpose of the satellite is unknown; although, experts believe it will facilitate voice and data signals for the Russian military.
http://www.ilslaunch.com/newsarchives/newsreleases/rec161/">ILS News Release
JFK LIBRARY RELEASES Moon TAPES
The John F. Kennedy Library has released a 73 minute recording where President Kennedy made his administration's priority clear that the United States would beat the Soviet Union to land a man on the Moon and return him safely back to Earth. During the recording, Kennedy argues with NASA administrator James Webb about whether to focus on the Moon landings, or to spread budget across the entire space administration.
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