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July 4, 2001

Icy Object Discovered as Large as Charon

MAP Launches Successfully

Discovery Transferred to Launch Pad

ICY OBJECT DISCOVERED AS LARGE AS CHARON

Astronomers announced Monday that they had discovered a Kuiper belt object the size of Pluto's moon, Charon. Dubbed 2001 KX76, the object appears to be up to 1,250 km across, which would make it exactly the same size as Charon, and larger than any other object discovered beyond to orbit of Neptune (other than Pluto, of course). 2001 KX76 was discovered as part of the Deep ecliptic Survey, a NASA-funded survey of the Kuiper Belt, in an image taken by the Blanco telescope at Cerro Tololo in Chile.

Internet Coverage:

http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/ap20010702_1728.html

http://www.astronomy.com/Content/Dynamic/Articles/000/000/000/542vaoky.asp

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_1419000/1419508.stm

http://www.cnn.com/2001/TECH/space/07/03/kuiper.belt/index.html

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MAP LAUNCHES SUCCESSFULLY

NASA began its journey into the past Saturday with the successful launch of the Microwave Anisotropy Probe (MAP) on board a Boeing Delta 2 rocket. Now in space, the probe is enroute to the L2 Lagrange point, 1.5 million km away from Earth. Once it reaches L2, MAP will begin compose a full sky montage of radiation at the edge of the universe, which scientists will use to understand what happened during the first few seconds of time after the Big Bang.

Original Source:

http://map.gsfc.nasa.gov/">MAP Home Page

Internet Coverage:

http://www.cnn.com/2001/TECH/space/06/29/map/index.html

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/reu/20010702/map.html

http://www.msnbc.com/news/586508.asp

http://spaceflightnow.com/delta/d286/

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DISCOVERY TRANSFERRED TO LAUNCH PAD

The Space Shuttle Discovery was rolled out to the launch pad on Monday, in preparation for mission STS-105. If everything goes according to plan, Discovery will launch around August 9th and carry the Expedition 3 crew to the International Space Station, and return the Expedition 2 crew back to Earth. Discovery will also deliver a cargo of equipment, supplies and experiments to the station and then return 12 days later.

Original Source:

http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/status/stsstat/2001/jul/7-02-01s.htm

Internet Coverage:

http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/missions/sts104_rollout_duscovery_010702.html

http://spaceflightnow.com/station/stage7a1/010702rollout/

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