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Bugs Survive 250 Million Years of Hibernation.
October 19, 2000
Astronauts Complete Spacewalks
Bugs Survive 250 Million Years of Hibernation
Sea Launch Delays satellite Launch 24 Hours
ASTRONAUTS COMPLETE SPACEWALKS
Astronauts from the Space Shuttle Discovery completed their fourth and final spacewalk yesterday, working on the International Space Station. During the 6.5 hour trip outside, the astronauts installed equipment onto the station, and tested a new device called the Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue (SAFER) - a small thruster installed on the spacewalkers' backpacks which allows them to thrust back to the station if a tether breaks. Discovery is scheduled to return to Earth on Sunday.
http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/status/stsstat/current.htm">Space Shuttle Status Report
BUGS SURVIVE 250 MILLION YEARS OF HIBERNATION
Scientists from West Chester University discovered ancient microbes trapped in suspended animation inside rock crystals for 250 million years. When the microbes were extracted from the crystals and placed in a nutrient solution, they revived and began to grow again. This discovery adds to the building evidence that life can exist in a tremendous variety of environments, and even survive during inhospitable times.
SEA LAUNCH DELAYS satellite LAUNCH 24 HOURS
Sea Launch has scrubbed tonight's launch of the Thuraya-1 satellite because of an instrumentation problem discovered during pre-launch operations. Originally scheduled to launch early today on board a Ukrainian Zenit-3SL rocket, the launch has been rescheduled to tomorrow for 5:56am GMT. The Thuraya-1 is a telecommunications satellite built by Boeing, and will provide mobile telephone services to 100 countries.
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