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The Early Universe Was Spongy.
May 22, 2001
Russia Launches Progress to Space Station
The Early universe Was Spongy
X-40A Tests Wrap Up
RUSSIA LAUNCHES PROGRESS TO SPACE STATION
A Russian Soyuz rocket launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome yesterday carrying a Progress M 1-6 transport ship enroute to the International Space Station. The unmanned cargo ship is carrying food, propellant and equipment for the space station astronauts, and is expected to dock early Wednesday morning. This is the first launch of the newly developed Soyuz FG rocket, developed in a partnership between France and Russia.
THE EARLY universe WAS SPONGY
New observations are supporting the theory that the early universe looked like the inside of a sponge, with Galaxies forming in clumps along filaments. Using the Paranal Observatory in South America, Astronomers determined the distances to very distant galaxies, and then plotted their positions on a three-dimensional map. These observations help to lend support to current Big Bang theories and the possibility that some Dark matter makes up 95% of the mass of the universe.
X-40A TESTS WRAP UP
NASA completed the seventh and final test of the X-40A technology demonstrator on Sunday, when the prototype vehicle was dropped from an altitude of over 4,500 metres above Edwards Air Force Base. The X-40A is an 85-percent scale model of the X-37; a prototype vehicle designed for the US Air Force to test future space vehicle technologies. Similar, unpowered tests of the X-37 are planned for next year, and NASA hopes to fly the actual vehicle in space by 2003.
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