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The Case for Spinning Black Holes.
May 1, 2001
Endeavour Lands in California Because of Bad Weather
Tito Having the time of His Life
The Case for Spinning Black Holes
ENDEAVOUR LANDS IN CALIFORNIA BECAUSE OF BAD WEATHER
The Space Shuttle Endeavour made a successful landing this afternoon at Edwards Airforce Base, California, after being diverted from the standard Cape Canaveral landing site because of high wind and rain. The shuttle touched down at 1610 GMT (12:10pm EST) successfully completing STS-100, which included the installation of the Canadian-built robotic arm to the International Space Station. NASA has been plagued with unlucky weather recently; shuttles have been diverted three times to Edwards out of the last five shuttle missions.
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TITO HAVING THE time OF HIS LIFE
Dennis Tito spent his first day in space learning the safety features of the International Space Station. Far from being bored, though, Tito says he's having a great time in space. According to the space tourist, "everyone has been fantastic." Tito paid a reported $20 million to help bring a replacement Soyuz capsule to the station, and he will stay on board until the end of the week. NASA is cautious about the space visitor, and won't let Tito travel to any parts of the station unattended.
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THE CASE FOR SPINNING BLACK HOLES
Researchers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center have found patterns in X-Ray radiation that brought them to the conclusion that black holes may spin as they gobble up matter. Because black holes are impossible to see directly, the researches used the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer to watch the X-Ray radiation emitted from GRO J1655-40, a microquasar located approximately 10,000 lightyears from Earth. They found patterns in the radiation that closely mimicked the radiation from neutron stars - objects which are known to spin quite rapidly.
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