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February 14, 2001

Red Moon by David S. Michaels

Half rocket science and half Tom Clancy novel, Red Moon is a reasonably competent SF space-race techno-thriller set in both 2019 and the late 1960s. It tells the story of the discovery of a mysterious Soviet lunar-lander from the 1960s in the Sea of Ceres during an expedition to the Moon in 2019, and of the subsequent conspiracy to suppress its implications. Simultaneously, it follows the career of the Russian Astronaut piloting the secret mission during the last years of the race to the moon. The book is at its strongest in these flashbacks to the height of the cold-war space race, evoking the frantic atmosphere of the Soviet space program struggling to keep up with the Americans using a mish-mash of improperly tested equipment. By contrast, the future thread of the story is a somewhat bland and predictable vision, and the book is at its weakest in its lame explanation as to why the future Russian administration would want to cover up the lunar missions of its Soviet forebears. Overall, a good read for the space enthusiast, if a little weak in places. - review by Piers Brown

Astronauts Begin Final Spacewalk

NASA Considers Extensions to the NEAR Mission

Subaru telescope Images Stellar Cradle

ASTRONAUTS BEGIN FINAL SPACEWALK

Astronauts Thomas Jones and Robert Curbeam Jr. exited the Space Shuttle Atlantis at 1448 GMT (9:48am EST) to complete their 3rd, and final, spacewalk of mission STS-98. During this approximately 5-hour EVA the astronauts will attach a spare communications antenna and take photographs of the exterior of the station. They also hope to have time to practice an emergency technique to recover incapacitated astronauts. This is the 100th spacewalk in US history.

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http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/shuttle/

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http://www.cnn.com/2001/TECH/space/02/14/space.shuttle.01/index.html

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/briefs/20010212/finalwalk.html

http://www.msnbc.com/news/526315.asp

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NASA CONSIDERS EXTENSIONS TO THE NEAR MISSION

Although a successful soft landing on asteroid Eros was supposed to be the last request NASA would make of the NEAR-Shoemaker spacecraft, it might be pressed into service again. During a press conference later today, representatives from Johns Hopkins University’s Applied physics Laboratory (the team that operates NEAR) will provide ideas on mission extensions - including the possibility of NEAR making a short hop on the surface of Eros to take more close-up photographs of the surface.

Original Source:

http://near.jhuapl.edu/

Internet Coverage:

http://www.msnbc.com/news/529657.asp

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/solarsystem/near_science_010213.html

http://www.spacedaily.com/news/near-01i.html

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SUBARU telescope IMAGES STELLAR CRADLE

The Japanese Subaru telescope has taken gorgeous new images of a star forming region known as S106, located approximately 2,000 light years from Earth. In addition to the hot young stars and gasses, the Japanese team have discovered several objects with a fraction of the mass of a normal star - they suspect these are young brown dwarfs.

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http://subarutelescope.org/Science/press_release/2001/02/S106.html

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