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New NASA Probe Will Look Back in Time.
June 29, 2001
New NASA Probe Will Look Back in Time
Atlantis Will Launch July 12
Russia Planning to Bring Back its Space Shuttle
NEW NASA PROBE WILL LOOK BACK IN TIME
Once it launches on Saturday, NASA's $145 million Microwave Anisotropy Probe (MAP) spacecraft will map the afterglow radiation of the Big Bang in incredible detail. Scheduled to be launched on board a Boeing Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral, the spacecraft will swing past the moon's orbit to the Earth's second Lagrange point - a point that requires very little fuel for a spacecraft to maintain its position.
ATLANTIS WILL LAUNCH JULY 12
NASA has finalized July 12 as the next launch date for the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Mission STS-104 will carry Atlantis into orbit with a crew of five astronauts, will dock with the International Space Station and install a new airlock onto the Unity module which will enable station residents to make easier spacewalks. The mission has been delayed for a month due to wet shuttle tiles and problems with the station's robotic arm. If everything goes as planned, the shuttle should return to Earth on July 23.
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RUSSIA PLANNING TO BRING BACK ITS SPACE SHUTTLE
Russian space officials are thinking of pulling the Buran Space Shuttle out of mothball and putting it into service. Designed to compete with the US space shuttle, the Buran was designed with more advanced technologies; unfortunately, it only flew once before the program ran out of money and the spacecraft was shelved. With increasing demand for heavy payloads and public interest in space tourism, Russia thinks it might be a good time to start launching the Buran.
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