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Four New Moons Discovered Around Saturn.
October 26, 2000
Welcome Back to the 'Family' of STS-92
Russia Earmarks Additional Funds for Mir
Four New Moons Discovered Around Saturn
WELCOME BACK TO THE 'FAMILY' OF STS-92
Jennifer Laing looks back on STS-92, a mission which Commander Brian Duffy referred to on his return yesterday as a "doozie". Postponed launches and landings and even a camera break-down didn't faze the crew, who call themselves a 'family' and successfully completed four complicated spacewalks to continue the assembly of the International Space Station.
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RUSSIA EARMARKS ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR MIR
Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported today that Russia has pledged $27 million to continue funding the Mir spacestation until February, but it isn't clear what these funds are going to be used for. The funding will be used for additional Progress cargo ships containing enough fuel to maintain Mir's orbit, or to bring it down safely through the Earth's atmosphere. Netherlands-based MirCorp is currently in Moscow attempting to negotiate for the spacestation's survival.
FOUR NEW MOONS DISCOVERED AROUND SATURN
Astronomers using several observatories around the world have discovered four new moons orbiting Saturn, bringing the total number to 22. They are classified as "irregular" Moon and they're almost certain to be captured asteroids that strayed too close to the ringed planet's high gravity. Astronomers predict it will still take several more months of observations to be absolutely sure they're Saturnian moons.
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