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Discovery Docks With Space Station.
October 17, 2000
Discovery Docks With Space Station
Tagish meteorite Starting to Reveal Secrets
Learning How to Live in Space
Proton Launches Russian Navigation Satellites
DISCOVERY DOCKS WITH SPACE STATION
Now in orbit, the Space Shuttle Discovery has caught up to its target: the International Space Station. The shuttle reached the station late this afternoon; unfortunately, the crew had to make the docking without Discovery's main antenna, which began malfunctioning yesterday. This malfunction didn't add risk to the mission, as the crew used backup methods to navigate themselves. They will now spend the next few days transferring supplies and installing the Z-1 truss, which connects the solar panels to the station.
TAGISH meteorite STARTING TO REVEAL SECRETS
A group of meteorites recovered from a remote lake in Canada's Yukon are starting to reveal secrets about the early formation of the solar system. The meteorites appeared as a fireball above the Yukon early this year, and crashed into Lake Tagish, where they were very well preserved erosion and contamination. The meteorites are carbonaceous chondrites, a rare type that only make up 2% of all discoveries.
LEARNING HOW TO LIVE IN SPACE
A new study conducted by University of California-San Francisco researchers concluded that lopsided crew selection for missions on board Mir led to depression and loneliness. During their Mir missions, a single American Astronaut was teamed with two Russians, and this invariably led to the sole American feeling like the odd man out. The research indicates that in future missions, extra effort needs to be taken to balance out a three-person crew's responsibilities and command structure to combat potential depression.
PROTON LAUNCHES RUSSIAN NAVIGATION SATELLITES
A Proton rocket launched a group of three Russian navigation satellites earlier today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch occurred at 2:12pm GMT and separation due to occur 4 hours later. The satellites are the latest addition to Russia's Global Navigation satellite System, which is equivalent to the US-based Global Positioning System.
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