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Personal Account of the African Eclipse.
June 26, 2001
Personal Account of the African Eclipse
Australia Announces Spaceport Development
Clever Robot Follows the Sun
PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF THE AFRICAN ECLIPSE
On June 21, 2001, a 200km swath of Southern Africa was treated to a total solar eclipse; where the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun - the first to grace the continent in over 20 years. I couldn't make it, but as universe Today reader Steffen Toxopeus traveled to the path of totality with his family last week and sent in this account. Maybe I'll make it to the next eclipse...
AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES SPACEPORT DEVELOPMENT
Australian government officials announced plans on Sunday to develop a A$100 million (about $52 million US) spaceport on remote Christmas Island. Expected to open by 2003, the spaceport will target the geostationary launch market using Russian Soyuz rockets, and should generate A$2.5 billion a year in launch fees.
CLEVER ROBOT FOLLOWS THE SUN
A new solar-powered robot designed by Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute will make sure it always has power - no matter where it goes. For an upcoming series of tests, the explorer robot will maneuver around rocky Devon Island in the Canadian arctic. As it travels, it will keep its large solar panel always pointed directly at the Sun to maintain constant electricity for movement. Although this 150kg robot is built for the Earth, the technology will no doubt be considered for future rovers to Mars.
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