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Cassini Takes its First Colour Pictures of Jupiter.
October 10, 2000
High Winds Threaten the Shuttle Again
Cassini Takes its First Colour Pictures of Jupiter
First ISS Crew Holds Press Conference
HIGH WINDS THREATEN THE SHUTTLE AGAIN
A second day of high winds at Cape Canaveral are threatening to keep the Space Shuttle Discovery on the launchpad for another day. Yesterday, gusts of more than 80 kph prevented technicians from moving a vent hood in position over top of the external fuel tank - the hood removes venting oxygen from the top of the tank, and is critical to the fueling process. If the winds die down, Discovery will launch tonight at 11:40pm GMT; otherwise, it will take off Wednesday.
CASSINI TAKES ITS FIRST COLOUR PICTURES OF JUPITER
The Cassini spacecraft, with Saturn as its final destination, is just passing Jupiter now, and had the chance to take some beautiful colour pictures of the largest planet in the solar system. The images, which were captured by the probe on October 4, when it was 80 million kilometres away, are very similar those taken by the Voyager probes more than 21 years ago.
FIRST ISS CREW HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE
The first crew of the International Space Station held a press conference in Moscow yesterday to talk about their upcoming trip to the station to become its first permanent inhabitants. The three man crew, consisting of American Astronaut William Shepherd and Russian cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev, will be responsible for breaking in the station and assisting in its ongoing assembly. They are scheduled to launch to the station on board a Soyuz on October 30.
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