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Planetary Society Pushes on With Solar Sail.
August 23, 2001
Discovery Brings Expedition Two Home to Earth
Astronomer Fred Hoyle Passes Away
Planetary Society Pushes on With Solar Sail
Launch Delayed for New Japanese Rocket
DISCOVERY BRINGS EXPEDITION TWO HOME TO EARTH
The Space Shuttle Discovery landed safely at Cape Canaveral, Florida on Wednesday, ending a 12-day mission as well as Expedition Two's 167 days on board the International Space Station. The shuttle was originally supposed to land on Tuesday, but a rainshower encouraged controllers to push the landing back a day. Expedition Three, now firmly moved into their new home in space, began preparations to receive a Progress 5 cargo module which is expected to arrive on Thursday morning.
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ASTRONOMER FRED HOYLE PASSES AWAY
English Astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle, who coined the term "Big Bang", died on Monday at the age of 86. Despite coming up with the phrase during one of his astronomy lectures in the 1950s, Hoyle never bought into the theory, becoming one of the last supporters of the steady state theory of the universe. His research helped demonstrate that heavy elements were the product of fusion in stars, and he was a promoter of the theory of "panspermia" - that life on Earth might have been seeded by dust from space.
PLANETARY SOCIETY PUSHES ON WITH SOLAR SAIL
Despite the loss of their earlier prototype solar sail on a botched rocket launch, the Planetary Society is making plans to move ahead anyway with a full test of their 8-sided sail. Scheduled to launch in early 2002, the craft will be carried into orbit on board a converted Russian intercontinental ballistic missile, from a submarine in the Barents Sea. The society believes they have determined and corrected the mistake that doomed the failed launch - low thrust from the third rocket stage stopped the payload from separating.
LAUNCH DELAYED FOR NEW JAPANESE ROCKET
The first launch of Japan's new H-2A rocket, originally scheduled for this weekend, has been pushed back until August 28. This is the second major delay for the rocket, as it was postponed in February because of engine problems. The future of the Japanese space industry may very well rest on the success of the H-2A, as it follows two previously unsuccessful prototype rocket launches, and the new reformist government is looking for opportunities to cut spending.
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