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Indian Rocket Launches Successfully.
April 18, 2001
Endeavour is Go for Launch on Thursday
Indian Rocket Launches Successfully
NASA Looks for Mars Sample Return Strategies
Cancelled X-33/X-34 Might be Completed by Air Force
ENDEAVOUR IS GO FOR LAUNCH ON THURSDAY
The countdown continues for the Space Shuttle Endeavour, as it prepares to launch tomorrow. If everything goes as planned, STS-100, will begin when Endeavour launches from the pad on Thursday at 1841 GMT (2:41pm EDT). The seven-astronaut crew is tasked with installing the Canadarm2 on board the International Space Station - the most complex robotic device ever sent into space. In preparation for their arrival, astronauts on board ISS undocked their Soyuz spacecraft yesterday, which will burn up in the Earth's atmosphere.
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INDIAN ROCKET LAUNCHES SUCCESSFULLY
India accomplished an important milestone today with the successful launch of its brand new rocket, the GSLV. The launch occurred at 1013 GMT (4:13am EST), from the Sriharikota base in Andhra Pradesh, and the rocket was carrying a 1.5 tonne experimental satellite cargo which will be placed into geosynchronous orbit. With the success of this new launch vehicle, India joins a select group of countries capable of launching heavy cargo into geosynchronous orbit.
NASA LOOKS FOR MARS SAMPLE RETURN STRATEGIES
NASA has turned to four of the top aerospace firms to help come up with viable strategies for picking up rocks from Mars and returning them to Earth. Ball Aerospace, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and TRW have all been paid $1 million to develop broad proposals on a strategy for a sample return mission - a mission which might launch as early as 2011. The firms have until October to present their strategies.
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CANCELLED X-33/X-34 MIGHT BE COMPLETED BY AIR FORCE
Looking for a way to keep their recently-cancelled projects alive, Lockheed Martin and Orbital Sciences are in discussions with the Air Force to see if the spacecraft are of use to the military. The X-33 and the X-34 are two shuttle-replacement strategies which were recently cancelled by NASA because of budget overruns. The US Air Force has expressed an interest in determining how the spacecraft can perform a military role, but they say will need at least a year before they can take over the budget.
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