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Shuttle Crew Attaches Italian Module to Alpha.
March 12, 2001
Shuttle Crew Attaches Italian Module to Alpha
Mir Computer Restarted
Giant NASA Balloon Fails Again
SHUTTLE CREW ATTACHES ITALIAN MODULE TO ALPHA
With careful finesse, Australian-born NASA Astronaut Andy Thomas used Discovery's robotic arm to remove the 'Leonardo' Multi-Purpose Logistics Module from the Shuttle's cargo bay this morning and attach it to the International Space Station's Unity module. Report from Jennifer Laing.
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Countdown Creations - Celebrate shuttle mission STS-102 with your own shirt or mission patch.
MIR COMPUTER RESTARTED
Ground controllers from the Russian Space Agency have restarted the computer on board the Mir spacestation, after it switched itself off on January 18. Still scheduled to return to Earth sometime between March 20-23, the computer was necessary to control the re-entry rockets which will fire and bring the station in on a precise angle to avoid impact with a populated area. Because of the slowing effect of the atmosphere, the station is losing altitude at a rate of 2.1 km a day.
Countdown Creations - Commemorate the long-lived Mir station with your own shirt, flight jacket, or patch.
GIANT NASA BALLOON FAILS AGAIN
After a giant NASA balloon failed to reach altitude several weeks ago, scientists in Western Australia tried to launch a replacement on Saturday. Unfortunately, this launch failed also. During the short mission, the balloon traveled 2,000 km before bad weather forced it down again near Carnarvon in northwest Australia. If it had worked properly, the balloon was designed to circumnavigate the Earth at an altitude of 35 km and test the uses of a high-altitude balloons to replace the functions of some satellites.
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