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Endeavour Lands Safely

Three New extrasolar planets Discovered

Mir Entrepreneurs Hatch a New Strategy


After an 11-day mission installing solar panels on space station Alpha, the Space Shuttle Endeavour landed safely in Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA was worried that rain or clouds would delay the landing, but good weather held up, and the shuttle touched down at 6:03pm EST (11:03pm GMT). The installation of the solar panels was the most complex stage of the station's construction so far. The next segment will be the American Destiny laboratory module, delivered on board Atlantis in January.

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THREE NEW extrasolar planets DISCOVERED

Astronomers using the 4-m Anglo-Australian telescope (AAT) near Coonabarabran, Australia have discovered three new planets orbiting distant stars. The first is known as a "hot Jupiter", 84% the size of Jupiter, but extremely close to its star. The second lies in an almost Earthlike orbit, where liquid water could exist; however, it's also a Jupiter class planet, so almost certainly a gas giant. The third planet is almost twice the size of Jupiter, and orbits out past the distance of Mars from the Sun.

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Confidential sources reported to MSNBC that MirCorp is planning on changing its focus from 15-year old Mir, to the Russian elements of space station Alpha. This new strategy is necessary because the Russian space agency has decided to deorbit Mir in early 2001. MirCorp is expected to announce its revised strategy on Wednesday.

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