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Free Floating planets Discovered.
October 6, 2000
Discovery Launch Delayed Until Monday
Free Floating planets Discovered
Problem Discovered with Cassini Communications
DISCOVERY LAUNCH DELAYED UNTIL MONDAY
Technicians halted the countdown of the Space Shuttle Discovery yesterday they discovered a sluggish propulsion valve and an exposed bolt that made them nervous. The launch has been postponed until Monday, in order to give the investigators enough time to determine the risks of these newly discovered problems. If the components need to be replaced, the delay could be significantly longer.
FREE FLOATING planets DISCOVERED
Astronomers have discovered 18 planet-like objects drifting through the constellation of Orion. Since they seem to exist without a star, these "free floaters" challenge the traditional theories about how planets form - from the disc of dust and gas the forms around a young star. The team detected the objects using Telescopes in Spain, the Canary Islands, and Hawaii.
PROBLEM DISCOVERED WITH CASSINI COMMUNICATIONS
Engineers have discovered a problem with the Cassini spacecraft's communications system that would limit the amount of data that could be transmitted from the Huygens probe. Once Cassini arrives at Saturn in 2004, the Huygens probe will land on the surface of Titan and send back information about moon's environment. NASA officials are optimistic that they'll be able to solve the problem before the probe is deployed. Cassini is currently flying past Jupiter.
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