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New Observatory Under Construction in South Africa.
September 5, 2000
Shuttle Countdown Begins
Proton Launches Sirius Satellite
New Observatory Under Construction in South Africa
SHUTTLE COUNTDOWN BEGINS
NASA began the countdown today for Friday's launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis from Cape Canaveral. The shuttle and its 7-person crew are scheduled to launch September 8th at 12:45pm GMT, and they will spend almost 11 days in orbit. Shortly after launch, the shuttle will dock with the International Space Station, and the crew will unload supplies from the shuttle, as well as from the Russian Progress supply ship already docked. Atlantis will return on September 19th.
PROTON LAUNCHES SIRIUS SATELLITE
International Launch Services successfully launched a Sirius-2 digital audio satellite on board a Proton rocket this morning. The rocket lifted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 9:43am GMT, and the satellite separated from the upper stage two and a half hours after launch. The Sirius-2 satellite was built by Space Systems/Loral, and is designed to provide up to 100 channels of radio programming to specially equipped cars.
NEW OBSERVATORY UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN SOUTH AFRICA
Astronomers and dignitaries attended a groundbreaking ceremony near Sutherland, South Africa for the construction of the Southern African Large telescope (SALT). This giant new telescope's main mirror is composed of an array of hexagonal 1-metre mirrors, making it the equivalent of a 10-metre telescope. The observatory will cost $15 million to build.
http://www.salt.ac.za/">South African Large telescope
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