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Mars Society Returns to Arctic Research Base.
April 17, 2001
Countdown for STS-100 Begins
Decision on Tito's Trip Pushed Back
India Gets Ready to Try Again with New Rocket
Mars Society Returns to Arctic Research Base
COUNTDOWN FOR STS-100 BEGINS
NASA officially started the countdown for the Space Shuttle Endeavour Monday evening for its launch on Thursday at 1841 GMT (2:41pm EDT). Once in space, Endeavour and its seven-astronaut crew will dock with space station Alpha to deliver the Canadian-built mobile servicing system to the outside of the station. They will also transfer cargo to the station using the Italian-built Raffaello cargo module. Astronaut Chris Hadfield will have the honour of being the first Canadian ever to walk in space as he installs the robot arm.
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DECISION ON TITO'S TRIP PUSHED BACK
Officials from NASA and Russia had hoped to reach an agreement on what to do with space tourist Dennis Tito, but it appears it's going to be up in the air for longer. Tito has been training as a Russian cosmonaut for almost a year, and if all goes well, he will fly to space station Alpha on board a Soyuz rocket with two other cosmonauts. Officials from the two space agencies had hoped to reach an agreement by Tuesday, but inside sources indicate it will be later this week, or even next week.
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INDIA GETS READY TO TRY AGAIN WITH NEW ROCKET
India is scheduled to make another attempt on Wednesday to launch their new rocket after an aborted attempt late last month - it was aborted because of a faulty booster engine. With the booster replaced, the GSLV-D1 is ready to go again, and is expected to launch tomorrow at 1013 GMT (4:13am EST). A launch of the GSLV-D1 will place India with a small group of countries and organizations capable of launching heavy satellite payloads (United States, Russia, Japan, China and the European Space Agency).
MARS SOCIETY RETURNS TO ARCTIC RESEARCH BASE
An expedition led by Dr. Pascal Lee has reached the Mars Society's Flashline Arctic Research Station, and has found that it weathered the Canadian arctic winter quite well. Working in deepfreeze conditions, the team will add new amenities to the station, including hot and cold running water, electricity, a bathroom, and mock airlocks. The purpose of the station is to help the Mars Society learn the skills and test the technologies needed for an actual manned mission to Mars.
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