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First light for New Telescope.
September 26, 2000
Help save the Pluto-Kuiper Express!
As you know, in addition to reporting the news, I sometime let you know how you can get involved in promoting and protecting space exploration. Well, it's time to help save a mission that's currently on hold - the Pluto-Kuiper Express. Originally scheduled for launch in 2004, it would reach Pluto ten years later. Now the project has been put on hold because of budget issues. This is a shame for many reasons, especially because Pluto is the only planet in our solar system that hasn't been observed close up yet.
In efforts to save the mission, the Planetary Society, as well as noted planetary scientists, want you to write a letter to your local member of Congress to protest the funding freeze. Read the article and then send a letter - even a 2% increase in the NASA budget would save the outer planets program.
Time is of the essence here. Unless the project gets put back on track right away, it will miss the 2004 launch window, and have to wait a decade before another gravity assist with Jupiter is possible.
Those of us international folks will cheer you from outside your borders.
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Funeral Held for Russian spaceflight Pioneer
First light for New Telescope
Zenit Launches Secret Satellite
FUNERAL HELD FOR RUSSIAN spaceflight PIONEER
Russian officials buried cosmonaut Gierman Stepanovich Titov yesterday at a military museum in Moscow. He was found dead last Wednesday in his sauna; apparently he had died from heart attack. Titov was the second person to orbit the Earth, in August 1961, and during his 24-hour mission, he orbited the Earth 17 times.
FIRST light FOR NEW TELESCOPE
The newly constructed University of Arizona/Smithsonian 6.5-meter MMTO telescope on Mount Hopkins, Arizona, took its first wide-field picture on September 6th. Known as NGC 7479, the telescope's first target is "grand design spiral" Galaxy similar in size and shape to our own Milky Way galaxy. Once all the subsystems are fully operational, and the skies get even clearer, the telescope should be able to obtain images 8 times sharper than this.
ZENIT LAUNCHES SECRET SATELLITE
A Ukrainian-built Zenit 2 rocket successfully launched a secret Russian satellite payload yesterday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Known only as Kosmos 2372, it's unknown exactly what purpose this mysterious payload serves, but experts believe it could be a new form of reconnaissance satellite known as Enisei, capable of transmitting its images digitally. There were no reported problems with the launch.
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