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Hubble Snaps Photo of Galaxy Edge-On.
A Walk Into History
Final Communications Received From NEAR
Hubble Snaps Photo of Galaxy Edge-On
Budget Overruns Cause Station Cutbacks
A WALK INTO HISTORY
Dr. Andy Thomas is about to head back into space nearly three years after his marathon 140-day mission onboard the Russian Space Station Mir. He talks to Jennifer Laing about the challenges of long duration spaceflight to be faced by the next crew on the International Space Station and his anticipation at seeing the ISS from a 'unique' vantage point.
FINAL COMMUNICATIONS RECEIVED FROM NEAR
The 14-day extension to the NEAR Shoemaker mission came to an end Wednesday night, as engineers received their last transmission from the spacecraft resting on asteroid Eros. Since its incredible landing February 14th on the surface of the asteroid, NEAR has used its gamma-ray spectrometer to analyze the composition of the asteroid and transmit the data back to Earth.
HUBBLE SNAPS PHOTO OF Galaxy EDGE-ON
A newly released image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope shows spiral Galaxy NGC 4013, which is almost completely edge-on from our perspective. Located 55 million light years away, the heart of the Galaxy is obscured by clouds of dust and gas - a similar feature in our own Milky Way.
BUDGET OVERRUNS CAUSE STATION CUTBACKS
NASA is working out how best to reduce the cost of the International Space Station to be inline with the Bush budget for 2002. At its current rate, the station is expected to come in $4 billion overbudget. In a conference call yesterday, officals from NASA said that they were scaling back or stopping work altogether on the habitation module, crew return vehicle and propulsion module. Without these modules, the station will not be able to support more than three astronauts safely - not the seven NASA had originally planned would eventually occupy the station.
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