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Two Largest Telescopes Operating Together.
March 16, 2001
Delay Returning Home for Expedition One Crew
Two Largest Telescopes Operating Together
Galileo Mission Extended Again
DELAY RETURNING HOME FOR EXPEDITION ONE CREW
The STS-102 mission will be extended an extra day to allow sufficient time for completion of packing and handover between the first and second crews aboard the International Space Station Alpha. Jennifer Laing reports on a move to give the crew "breathing room" and some personal insights from crew members provided during an on-orbit press conference.
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Countdown Creations - Celebrate shuttle mission STS-102 with your own shirt or mission patch.
TWO LARGEST Telescopes OPERATING TOGETHER
NASA has connected two of the largest Telescopes in the world into the equivalent of a single telescope with an 85 metre diameter. On Monday night, the two 10-metre Keck Telescopes on Mauna Kea in Hawaii produced a combined image of distant star HD61294 using a technique known as interferometry. Once further tests of the technique have been completed, NASA will be accepting proposals to use the Telescopes for various astronomical projects, including the search for habitable-zone planets around other stars.
Swinburne University - a short Internet course on "Searching for extrasolar planets and Extraterrestrial Life".
GALILEO MISSION EXTENDED AGAIN
Even though it's been out in space for over a decade, and has been in Jupiter's intense radiation field for the last 5 years, the Galileo spacecraft is still working fine - so NASA has extended its mission until August 2003. During this extended mission, Galileo will continue to gather scientific data of the Jovian moons, and Jupiter itself. And as a finale to a successful mission, Galileo will burn up as it's plunged into Jupiter's atmosphere.
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