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New Evidence that extrasolar planets May Be Plentiful.
January 5, 2001
NASA Will Try to Land NEAR on Eros
NASA Lists its New Discovery Mission Candidates
New Evidence that extrasolar planets May Be Plentiful
NASA WILL TRY TO LAND NEAR ON EROS
Having completed all its science, and used up most of its budget, NASA has creative use for the NEAR-Shoemaker spacecraft - they will attempt to land it onto asteroid Eros, which it has been orbiting for the past year. Of course, with all the variables involved, the chances of actually touching down safely are astronomical. At this point, the team is hoping to just get some nice close-up pictures before NEAR gets smashed on the surface. The "landing" is set for February 12.
NASA LISTS ITS NEW DISCOVERY MISSION CANDIDATES
NASA officials have selected three proposals as candidates for detailed study to become the next mission in the agency's low-cost Discovery Program. Currently under consideration are: a space telescope designed to search for Earth-sized planets around other stars; an orbiter designed to uncover Jupiter's inner workings; and a mission that will visit two of our solar system's largest asteroids. The selected missions must be ready for launch before September 30, 2006, and cost no more than $299 million.
NEW EVIDENCE THAT extrasolar planets MAY BE PLENTIFUL
A team of Dutch and American Astronomers believe they have found evidence that the number of stars with planets may be more than previously suspected. Using the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) to study a group of young stars, the team learned that clouds of Hydrogen gas, the raw material for Jupiter-type planets, lasts much longer than previously believed - as long as 20 million years. This increases the chances that the Hydrogen gas will have time to collect into stable planets.
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