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Possible Solution for the Universe's Missing Mass.
March 22, 2001
Surprise Touchdown in Florida Marks the End of "Amazing" Flight
Mir's Last Day in Space
Possible Solution for the Universe's Missing Mass
SURPRISE TOUCHDOWN IN FLORIDA MARKS THE END OF "AMAZING" FLIGHT
An unexpected landing at Kennedy Space Center yesterday morning saw the end of the successful STS-102 mission, and the return home for the Expedition One crew after 141 days in space. Jennifer Laing reports on a day of reunions and reminiscences.
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Countdown Creations - Celebrate shuttle mission STS-102 with your own shirt or mission patch.
MIR'S LAST DAY IN SPACE
Now down to its final day in orbit, the Mir spacestation is still on track to be deorbited on Friday and crashed into the South Pacific Ocean, East of New Zealand. Russian space officials say that everything is going according to plan, and at approximately 0033 GMT (7:33pm EST) they will begin the first of three burns. A second will follow 90 seconds later, and a final burn will place Mir on a reentry trajectory where it will crash into the ocean - impact should be at 0530 GMT (12:30am EST). An international fishing fleet happens to be a little too close to the crash area for comfort, but they're taking their risk in stride, as they try to put some distance between them and 1,500 pieces of shrieking burning metal.
Universe Today Coverage of the Mir Reentry
Countdown Creations - Commemorate the long-lived Mir station with your own shirt, flight jacket, or patch.
POSSIBLE SOLUTION FOR THE UNIVERSE'S MISSING MASS
Astronomers believe they may have found a solution for the so-called "dark matter" problem; the fact that only a fraction of the universe is visible, while the rest is only detectable through its gravitational influence. A new survey of an area of space in our Milky Way Galaxy has revealed 38 previously undiscovered White Dwarf stars - hot, somewhat massive, but no bigger than planet Earth. And if they are a common occurance, they could account for 3-35% of the missing mass of the Universe.
Swinburne University - a short Internet course on "Searching for extrasolar planets and Extraterrestrial Life".
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