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UK Plan to Deal with asteroid Threat Disappoints Experts.
February 26, 2001
Russian Progress Launches for Alpha
NASA Balloon Forced to Land
UK Plan to Deal with asteroid Threat Disappoints Experts
RUSSIAN PROGRESS LAUNCHES FOR ALPHA
A Russian Progress M-44 rocket launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan earlier this morning enroute to space station Alpha. The cargo ship blasted off at 0800 GMT (3:00am EST) and contains 2.5 metric tonnes of equipment, food and fuel for the station. It is expected to dock with Alpha on Wednesday.
NASA BALLOON FORCED TO LAND
NASA scientists suffered a disappointing setback on Sunday when giant balloon designed to float in the high atmosphere for two weeks suffered an unknown leak, and floated gently back to the Earth, near its launch point in the Australian Outback. Had it worked successfully, the Ultra-Long Duration Balloon (ULDB) Project would have helped NASA scientists determine if balloons like this are an effective replacement for satellites in the detection of cosmic radiation. NASA says it will try again in a week with a replacement balloon.
UK PLAN TO DEAL WITH asteroid THREAT DISAPPOINTS EXPERTS
The British government has announced it will take a leading role in the defense of our planet from the threat of asteroid and Comet strikes. Planned measures include using UK Telescopes to track Earth orbit-crossing asteroids, plans to evacuate impact regions, and research into methods of early deflection. Although a step in the right direction, this decision disappoints representatives from Spaceguard UK who feel that these actions don't go far enough.
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