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Hubble Plays with the Spirograph Nebula.
September 7, 2000
Bad Weather Threatens Shuttle Launch
Ariane Launches Eutelsat Satellite
Hubble Plays with the Spirograph Nebula
BAD WEATHER THREATENS SHUTTLE LAUNCH
Lightning has struck the Space Shuttle Atlantis twice already this week, and it looks like that's just the beginning of some weather that could very well delay Friday's launch. Forecasters are predicting a 40% chance of rain or clouds that could interfere with the 12:45pm GMT launch. The launch window is extremely short, only two and a half minutes, so they don't have time to wait for clouds to move past the launch platform. The lightning strikes didn't cause any damage to the shuttle.
ARIANE LAUNCHES EUTELSAT SATELLITE
An Ariane 4 booster successfully launched an Eutelsat Eurostar 2000+ communications satellite yesterday from Kourou, French Guiana. The launch occurred at 10:33pm GMT, and separation of the satellite from the booster occurred 20 minutes later. Wednesday's launch was the sixth successful Ariane launch for the year.
HUBBLE PLAYS WITH THE SPIROGRAPH NEBULA
The Hubble Space Telescope recently took a stunning image of IC 418, also known as the "Spirograph" Nebula. This planetary nebula lies 2,000 light years away from the Earth in the constellation of Lepus, and was obtained using Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. It's likely that our own Sun will form a nebula like this in a mere 5 billion years.
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