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February 8, 2001
Searching for extrasolar planets and Extraterrestrial Life
Swinburne astronomy Online is offering a new short course on "Searching for extrasolar planets and Extraterrestrial Life". This is a six week internet-based course starting 23rd April 2001. There are no exams but plenty of lively discussion via newsgroups with the instructor and fellow students around the globe. The cost is $A275 (about $US150). For further information and free sample course material, go to:
Atlantis Reaches orbit Safely
Ariane 4 Launches Two Military Satellites
Cluster satellites Begin Operations
ATLANTIS REACHES orbit SAFELY
The Space Shuttle Atlantis finally lifted off yesterday at 2313 GMT (6:13pm EST) on its mission to deliver the US-built Destiny laboratory module to space station Alpha. Atlantis and its 5-astronaut crew will dock with space station Alpha on Friday shortly before 1700 GMT (12:00pm EST). The astronauts will then begin the arduous task of attaching the $1.4 billion laboratory to the station.
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ARIANE 4 LAUNCHES TWO MILITARY SATELLITES
An Ariane 44L rocket successfully launched two military communications satellites yesterday from the European Space Agency's South American launch centre at Kourou, in French Guiana. The launch occurred at 2305 GMT (6:05pm EST) and the satellites separated 25 minutes later. The Italian SICRAL satellite is the country's first military communications satellite, and the SKYNET 4F satellite will provide strategic and tactical communications services for the British armed forces.
CLUSTER satellites BEGIN OPERATIONS
The four European Space Agency (ESA) Cluster spacecraft were launched from Kazakhstan six months ago, but they've only now just begun to gather scientific data. During the next two years, the quartet of satellites will work with the ESA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft to explore the interaction between Earth’s magnetic field and the electrically charged particles swept along in the solar wind.
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