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First Station Crew Ready for Launch.
October 30, 2000
First Station Crew Ready for Launch
NASA Announces New Mars Strategy
NEAR Gets Really Close to Eros
Arianespace launches 100th Rocket
FIRST STATION CREW READY FOR LAUNCH
Expedition 1, the first crew long term crew destined for the International Space Station is all set to launch tomorrow at 7:53 GMT on board a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur cosmodrome. The crew consists of Russian cosmonauts Sergei Krikalev and Yuri Gidzenko and their American commander Bill Shepherd, and they will remain on the station until next spring when they will be replaced by another three-man team.
NASA ANNOUNCES NEW MARS STRATEGY
NASA announced that it plans to send six major missions to Mars over the next ten years, using a series of robotic explorers. At an annual cost of $450 million, the agency will dispatch a combination of orbiting spacecraft and landers until 2010, when it will attempt a sample return mission, to bring pieces of the Red planet back home to Earth. The announcement revealed nothing about the possibility of human exploration of Mars.
NEAR GETS REALLY CLOSE TO EROS
The NEAR-Shoemaker spacecraft descended to an altitude of only 5kms above the surface of asteroid Eros to take the most detailed pictures yet of the asteroid - the latest photographs show objects with four times the resolution of the best photos so far. scientists at NASA hope to see small clues on the surface of the asteroid to help understand the processes that shaped the surface of Eros. After the close visit, NEAR fired its thrusters and raised itself to a higher, safer orbit.
http://near.jhuapl.edu/">NEAR Home Page
ARIANESPACE LAUNCHES 100TH ROCKET
An Ariane 44LP rocket carrying a Europe+Star-1 telecommunications satellite launched from the European Space Agency's launch centre in Kourou, French Guiana on Sunday at 5:59am GMT. The launch was originally planned for Saturday, but bad weather delayed it one day. This is the 100th launch for the Ariane 4 class of rockets, and the 58th consecutive success.
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