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11 New extrasolar planets Discovered.
April 5, 2001
11 New extrasolar planets Discovered
Simulating How comets Could have Seeded Life on Earth
Hubble Peers into the Heart of Whirlpool Galaxy
NASA Chief Grilled by Congress About Budget Overruns
11 NEW extrasolar planets DISCOVERED
An international team of Astronomers have discovered 11 new planets orbiting other stars, including a Jupiter-sized planet orbiting a sun-like star within the habitable zone for life. The observations were made using the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) La Silla complex in Chile through a process called spectrometry. This brings the total number of extrasolar planets discovered to 63.
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SIMULATING HOW comets COULD HAVE SEEDED LIFE ON EARTH
Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have simulated how comets smashing into the Earth could have seeded the planet with organic material; the building blocks of life. The team found that when they smashed objects containing amino acids, not only did they survive the collision, many actually polymerized into chains of peptides, which is the first step to building proteins - freezing the objects helped even more.
HUBBLE PEERS INTO THE HEART OF WHIRLPOOL GALAXY
New pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope give a detailed view of the Whirlpool galaxy, M51, which is 20 million light years away precisely face on to the Earth. The photo shows incredible detail of both the galaxy's spiral arms and dust clouds, which are the birthplace of stars. Astronomers used the Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 to take this stunning photograph.
NASA CHIEF GRILLED BY CONGRESS ABOUT BUDGET OVERRUNS
NASA administrator Dan Goldin spent time the US Congress gunsights yesterday as he explained the budget situation with the International Space Station. NASA has put together a cautious estimate that the station is currently $4 billion over budget. Possible solutions to reign in the budget include cutting more programs and modules, as well as have the international partners take over the construction of certain aspects of the station. Goldin testified to the House Science Committee that he felt NASA would meet its budget caps, and still complete the station.
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