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Radar Telescopes Image the Surface of Venus.
May 14, 2001
Radar Telescopes Image the Surface of Venus
Italians Revive Space Bacteria
Aerojet Wins Contract for Peroxide Engine
RADAR Telescopes IMAGE THE SURFACE OF VENUS
The two largest radio Telescopes in the world have joined forces to produce a detailed view of the surface of Venus. The Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico and the Green Bank telescope in West Virginia bounced radio images off the surface of Venus to resolve surface details as small as one kilometre across. This is the first study of Venus' surface since the Magellan spacecraft last orbited the planet over 10 years ago.
ITALIANS REVIVE SPACE BACTERIA
A team of Italian scientists reported that they have found and revived bacteria contained inside an ancient meteorite. If true, this discovery would add tremendous support to the theory that life on Earth could have been seeded by bacteria brought from space by comets or meteors. But many scientists are suspicious about the source of the bacteria and believe that the meteorite was contaminated after it reached the surface by Earth-based bacteria - it will be up the researchers to prove that the life truly came from the meteorite.
AEROJET WINS CONTRACT FOR PEROXIDE ENGINE
Aerojet has received a $10.4 million contract to develop an engine for the US Air Force's Space Maneuver Vehicle (SMV) concept, with additional options worth another $29.9 million over the next four years. The Aerojet engine will be fueled by non-toxic peroxide, and serve as the maneuvering system for the SMV while it's in space. Once complete, the SMV will be a second-stage to orbit craft (unlike NASA's X-33, which was designed to be a single-stage to orbit), carry 580 kg of cargo, spend up to 12 months in orbit and have a less than 72 hour turnaround on missions.
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