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New Type of Galaxy Discovered.
December 29, 2000
Galileo Passes Ganymede
Cassini About to Make its Closest Pass
Tito is Ready for a Trip to Space
New Type of Galaxy Discovered?
GALILEO PASSES GANYMEDE
NASA's Galileo spacecraft successfully flew by Jupiter's Moon Ganymede while it was obscured in the planet's shadow. The flyby occurred yesterday at 8:25am GMT at a distance of 2,337 kilometres, and the spacecraft's objective was to see auroral glows in the moon's atmosphere - visible only when the Moon is in shadow. NASA engineers were expecting glitches in the spacecraft caused by the intense radiation from Jupiter, but so far, everything is working properly.
CASSINI ABOUT TO MAKE ITS CLOSEST PASS
Still many years away from its final destination of Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft is about to get a significant speed boost when it swings by Jupiter tomorrow. The probe will pass a safe 9.7 million kilometres from the planet's surface on December 30th and get a boost that will allow it to reach Saturn in July 2004. Recent problems with the spacecraft's maneuvering systems are not expected to pose any problem with the flyby.
TITO IS READY FOR A TRIP TO SPACE
In a recent interview, millionaire Dennis Tito confirmed he's still going to be going into space as early as April - if not on Mir, then on a mission to resupply the space station Alpha. Either way, he's paid a rumoured $20 million, and fully expects the Russian Space Agency to fulfill its commitments to send him into space. Tito expects to ride a replacement Soyuz to Alpha, and spend 6 days on board helping transfer supplies and performing some science experiments.
NEW TYPE OF Galaxy DISCOVERED?
Australian Astronomers believe they have found evidence that the earliest stars in the universe may be much older than originally thought following the discovery of an entirely new type of galaxy. Using CSIRO's Australia telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope, the team found "galaxies that are absolutely fizzing with star formation - a sort of huge stellar baby-boom". These galaxies, or "starbursts" are hundreds of times more active than regular galaxies
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