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January 16, 2001
Shuttle Delayed Because of Faulty Booster Cables
Mir Crash Date Set
Shenzhou II Lands Safely
Astrophysicist Duncan Forbes is carrying out important research into Galaxy formation and evolution. He is also involved in one of the more innovative university astronomy programs around. Dr. Forbes tells Jennifer Laing about his work and research interests, and discusses how Telescopes have recently hit the headlines thanks to a new movie linking an Australian radio telescope to the TV broadcast of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.
SHUTTLE DELAYED BECAUSE OF FAULTY BOOSTER CABLES
Originally scheduled to launch Friday, the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis has been delayed until at least February 6 because of faulty electrical cables that connect the shuttle to its two solid-fuel rocket boosters. Atlantis and its 5-astronaut crew are scheduled to deliver the US-built Destiny laboratory module to space station Alpha.
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MIR CRASH DATE SET
A spokesman from the Russian Space Agency announced yesterday that March 6, 2001 is the day they have planned to de-orbit the Mir space space station and crash it into the ocean east of Australia. An unmanned Progress cargo ship is scheduled to launch on Thursday this week to deliver the fuel Mir will need to perform its de-orbiting maneuvers - an emergency crew of cosmonauts is ready to go if anything goes wrong with the automated docking system. The Russians are now expected to focus their efforts on space station Alpha.
SHENZHOU II LANDS SAFELY
China's unmanned Shenzhou II spacecraft returned safely to Earth after a seven day mission to test the future of Chinese manned spaceflight. State television said the spacecraft landed in China's northern region of Inner Mongolia on Tuesday at 1122 GMT (3:22am PST). Last month, state media said that China plans to put humans into space within the next five years - industry experts believe that target is actually only two years away.
Links to space-related websites.
GalaxyGuy - http://www.galaxyguy.com
General astronomy with archives of "It's Over Your Head" radio broadcasts, Astrophotograhpy Gallery, School Partnerships Info, and Fun and Games.
Valin Corporation - http://www.valin.com
Instrumentation, fittings, valves, gauges, switches, controllers, heaters, flow meters, sensors, transmitters, recorders,analyzers, quick couplings, thermowells, tubing & hose.
A Practical Guide to astronomy - http://www.aardvark.on.ca/space
A Practical Guide to astronomy manages to deal with the complicated science of astronomy with a simple and practical tone. Excellent resource for the beginner and experienced backyard astronomer.
Solar Voyager - http://www.solarvoyager.com/
Solar Voyager features quality work from the field's premier artists, along with educational information about our solar system.
Light Pollution Awareness Website - http://members.aol.com/ctstarwchr
Do clouds glow pink at night in your area? If so your community has serious problems with obtrusive outdoor lighting that needs to be addressed. Ask your town manager to visit this website.
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