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Galileo Helps Solve Puzzle of Jupiter's Winds.
September 11, 2000
Atlantis Crew Performs First Spacewalk
Sea Launch Wins Contract for Loral Satellite
Galileo Helps Solve Puzzle of Jupiter's Winds
ATLANTIS CREW PERFORMS FIRST SPACEWALK
After docking with the International Space Station early Sunday morning, the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis went for a little stroll this morning. American Astronaut Ed Lu and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko went for a six-hour spacewalk to attach a cable and install a boom for a navigation unit on the station. At one point, they were over 33 metres away from the shuttle. The crew will spend the week transferring supplies from the shuttle to the station, and will return back to Earth on September 19th.
SEA LAUNCH WINS CONTRACT FOR LORAL SATELLITE
Officials from Boeing's Sea Launch announced today that they had recently been awarded a contract to launch a Loral Telstar-8 satellite from their floating platform. Although Sea Launch suffered a failure back in April, another launch in July was a complete success, rebuilding customer confidence in the platform. The satellite will be launched in 2002.
GALILEO HELPS SOLVE PUZZLE OF JUPITER'S WINDS
New research based on data gathered by the Galileo spacecraft's entry probe indicates why Jupiter has surprisingly clear, dry areas near the equator. Some of these "holes" in the clouds are as tall as 100 kilometres. Based on the data from the probe, scientists at NASA's AMES Research Center have developed a computer simulation that recreates the conditions on Jupiter, and demonstrates how pressure differences and the movement of water and ammonia vapours create these gaps in the clouds.
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