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July 12, 2001

Dying star Surrounded by Comets

Weather Behaves for Atlantis Liftoff

DYING star SURROUNDED BY COMETS

Astronomers have discovered a giant red star that is vapourizing a cloud of comets as it expands. The team observed CW Leonis, a red giant star 500 light years away, using NASA's Submillimeter Wave astronomy satellite (SWAS) - a small radio observatory launched in December 1998. The team believes this expansion and Comet destruction is a glimpse at the future of our own solar system

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http://sao-www.harvard.edu/swas/pr010711/pr010711text.html

Internet Coverage:

http://www.cnn.com/2001/TECH/space/07/11/star.comets/index.html

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/reu/20010709/water.html

http://www.space.com/searchforlife/swas_water_010711.html

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WEATHER BEHAVES FOR ATLANTIS LIFTOFF

Although poor weather threatened today's launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Mission STS-104, this morning turned out to be a perfect day to launch a spacecraft. Atlantis lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 904 GMT (5:04am PDT) and carried 5 astronauts and a new airlock for the International Space Station into orbit. Atlantis is expected to reach the station and dock on Friday evening.

Original Source:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/spacenews/reports/sts104/STS-104-01.html

Internet Coverage:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_1431000/1431917.stm

http://www.cnn.com/2001/TECH/space/07/12/atlantis.launch/index.html

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/reu/20010709/liftoff.html

http://www.msnbc.com/news/598045.asp

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