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Persied Meteor Shower Peaks August 12th.
August 1, 2001
Bad Weather Keeps Genesis on the Ground
Movie of asteroid Landing Released
Persied Meteor Shower Peaks August 12th
BAD WEATHER KEEPS Genesis ON THE GROUND
Thick, high clouds over the Cape Canaveral launch site kept the Genesis spacecraft and its Boeing Delta II rocket firmly on the ground. The spacecraft was originally supposed to launch on Monday, but it was delayed because of suspected problems with a power supply. Once it does get into space, Genesis will travel to the L1 Lagrange point and collect material from the solar wind, and then return it to Earth in 2004. NASA is tentatively planning another launch attempt for Thursday, but poor weather is expected to persist until the end of the week.
MOVIE OF asteroid LANDING RELEASED
NASA/JHUAPL has released a timelapse movie of the last images taken by the NEAR (Near Earth asteroid Rendezvous) spacecraft as it landed on asteroid Eros on February 12, 2001. The 64-frame movie starts at an altitude of 5km and ends when the spacecraft was only 128 metres above the surface, and images as small as a golfball are visible.
PERSIED METEOR SHOWER PEAKS AUGUST 12TH
The annual Persied meteor shower, visible from the Northern Hemisphere is expected to peak on August 12th, at which point you'll be able to see dozens and even hundreds of meteors streak across the night sky every hour. Experts predict that the light of the full moon is going to drown out the shower a little bit, but keep your eyes peeled from midnight to dawn on August 12th, and the sky should still put on quite a show.
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