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Station Residents Will Stay in Space a Little Longer.
June 4, 2001
Ticket to Ride
X-43 Prototype Destroyed During Test
Station Residents Will Stay in Space a Little Longer
Hubble Captures Nearby Galaxy
TICKET TO RIDE
Dennis Tito's recent sojourn to the International Space Station has focused attention on space tourism - and the possibility of sending ordinary people into space. Tony Webb, founder of eSpaceTickets.com, has a vision of making spaceflight available to more than the "chosen few," and speaks to Jennifer Laing about his initiative for celebrating World Space Week 2001 and dream of making civilian space travel a reality.
X-43 PROTOTYPE DESTROYED DURING TEST
NASA's experimental X-43 prototype was intentionally destroyed on Saturday, when the Pegasus rocket carrying it went out of control. Seconds after it detached from the B-52 bomber, a malfunction on the Pegasus rocket caused it to veer off course - the cause of the problem is still unknown. Had it worked properly, the X-43 would have fired its engines after the Pegasus had carried it to an altitude of 30km and speed itself up to Mach 10. This failure will not affect the rest of the planned test schedule.
STATION RESIDENTS WILL STAY IN SPACE A LITTLE LONGER
Astronauts on board the International Space Station will have to stay in space an extra month because of problems with the Canadian-built robotic arm recently attached to the station. Instead of coming back in July, astronauts Yury Usachev, Susan Helms, and Jim Voss will return on the Space Shuttle Discovery in August (when the replacement crew is brought on board).
HUBBLE CAPTURES NEARBY GALAXY
The latest set of images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope show nearby Galaxy NGC 1512 in stunning detail. The composite image was created using seven images taken by three different cameras. NGC 1512 is a barred spiral Galaxy in the southern constellation of Horologium. Located only 30 million light-years away, it can be seen through many amateur astronomers' telescopes.
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