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April 19, 2001

Endeavour Launches for Mission STS-100

X-43 Should Fly 10X Faster than Sound

XMM Connects black holes to Micro Quasars

ENDEAVOUR LAUNCHES FOR MISSION STS-100

The Space Shuttle Endeavour lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida today right on schedule to begin mission STS-100, which will include the installation of the Canadian-built mobile servicing system. No problems were reported with the liftoff which began at 1840 GMT (2:40pm EDT), as the shuttle smoothly reached a pursuit orbit for the International Space Station - it will catch up to the station on Saturday. The seven astronauts will spend the next 11 days in orbit installing the new Canadarm2, as well as transferring cargo to the station. They are expected to return on April 30.

Original Source:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/shuttle/index.html

Internet Coverage:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_1286000/1286134.stm

http://www.cnn.com/2001/TECH/space/04/19/space.shuttle/index.html

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/briefs/20010416/takeoff.html

http://www.msnbc.com/news/559784.asp

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X-43 SHOULD FLY 10X FASTER THAN SOUND

NASA officials discussed their plans to begin testing a brand new technology for taking an aircraft more than ten times the speed of sound. Dubbed the X-43, or Hyper-X, this latest prototype aircraft is powered by a scramjet, which uses atmospheric oxygen mixed with onboard Hydrogen as a fuel. Because it pulls its fuel from the air, the craft can be much lighter than conventional aircraft or rockets. The first tests are planned for May, when the prototype aircraft will be attached to a conventional rocket to reach an altitude of 30km, at which point the scramjet will take over and take the craft to Mach 10 before crashing into the ocean.

Original Source:

ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2001/01-074.txt

Internet Coverage:

http://abcnews.go.com/sections/scitech/DailyNews/hyperx010419.html

http://www.cnn.com/2001/TECH/space/04/18/supersonic.plane/index.html

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/reu/20010416/x43a.html

http://www.msnbc.com/news/561266.asp

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XMM CONNECTS black holes TO MICRO QUASARS

Astronomers using the XMM-Newton space telescope believe they've found a connection between black hole binary systems and microquasars - objects that expel tremendous amounts of energy. In fact, the team found a microquasar in our own Milky Way located only 27,000 light years away, and they theorize that it's formed by a black hole orbiting a companion star. So much material from the companion star is being guzzled by the black hole that it's producing X-ray radiation detectable by the XMM. The outpouring X-ray radiation gives the object the appearance of a quasar, only on a much smaller scale.

Original Source:

http://sci.esa.int/content/news/index.cfm?aid=1&cid=1&oid=26838

Internet Coverage:

http://spaceflightnow.com/news/index.html

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