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Discovery Reaches Space Station.
August 13, 2001
Back to the Future
Discovery Reaches Space Station
Flying Wing Aims for Altitude Record
BACK TO THE FUTURE
Australian Astronomer Dr. Brian Schmidt has been involved in research which is measuring the rate at which the universe is expanding, and believes that a mysterious 'dark energy' may be pushing it apart. He talks to Jennifer Laing about his award-winning work and interest in international astronomical projects, such as the Next Generation Space telescope and Square Kilometre Array.
DISCOVERY REACHES SPACE STATION
After being in space for over two days, the Space Shuttle Discovery docked with the International Space Station Sunday over the Indian Ocean at 1842 GMT (2:42pm EST). The hatches were opened two hours later, and the station crew welcomed their new guests: 4 astronauts, and the crew of Expedition 3, who will take over living on the station. Although mission STS-105's primary objective will be to exchange station crews, they will also install some additional equipment to help prepare for upcoming installation missions.
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FLYING WING AIMS FOR ALTITUDE RECORD
NASA is getting ready to attempt to beat the world altitude record with a giant, solar-powered, robotic flying wing called the Helios Prototype. If everything goes as planned, Helios will take off from Barking Sands, Hawaii on Monday and try to reach an altitude of 30 kilometres - three times higher than commercial jets fly. NASA hopes to use Helios as a prototype for future high-altitude autonomous aircraft which could provide a cheaper replacement for some satellites.
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