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January 15, 2001

Abyss Into Eternity: NASA Gropes for the Event Horizon

Shooting Star? Killer Space Rock? No, Just a Little Stardust

Space Invader

Chinese Capsule is Working Well

ABYSS INTO ETERNITY: NASA GROPES FOR THE EVENT HORIZON

NASA is getting a lot of practice using two spacecraft to probe the secrets of astronomical objects. Last month Galileo and Cassini took a paired swipe at Jupiter. Now the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory

have pulled a tag-team technique on Cygnus X-1, the first object identified as a black hole candidate, to find evidence that this object has an event horizon. This news was announced Thursday on the final day of the winter 2001 American Astronomical Society meeting.

http://www.universetoday.com/html/articles/2001-0115a.html

SHOOTING STAR? KILLER SPACE ROCK? NO, JUST A LITTLE STARDUST

Earth had a small visitor in the early hours of Monday morning. At about 3:15 AM Pacific Time, an object about 5 metres long and weighing roughly 385 kg hurtled 6,000 kilometres above the Indian Ocean off the tip of Cape Horn. This wasn't a near miss by an Earth crossing asteroid. It was the Stardust probe executing a flyby planned by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

http://www.universetoday.com/html/articles/2001-0115b.html

SPACE INVADER

Dr. Vaughan Clift is a self-confessed "professional coward". This Australian scientist develops medical technology in the U.S.A. to monitor the health of astronauts in space but prefers the 'non-invasive' approach. Jennifer Laing talks to Dr. Clift about his success in developing space-related technologies and future research plans on the International Space Station.

http://www.universetoday.com/html/articles/2001-0115c.html

CHINESE CAPSULE IS WORKING WELL

It's been almost a week in orbit, and according to the Chinese Space Agency, the unmanned Shenzhou II capsule is performing well. The prototype capsule circled the Earth 60 times during four days of flight, and performed hundreds of maneuvers to test its capabilities. A successful landing later this week will pave the way for future test flights, and a manned flight within the next two years.

Original Source:

http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Launchpad/1921/

Internet Coverage:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_1118000/1118333.stm

http://www.cnn.com/2001/TECH/space/01/15/china.spacecraft/index.html

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