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Second Cluster II Satellites Ready for Launch.
August 8, 2000
Second Cluster II satellites Ready for Launch
Hubble Spots Missing LINEAR Chunks
Progress Set to Dock with Station
115 Tonnes of Space Station Ready to Go
SECOND CLUSTER II satellites READY FOR LAUNCH
The two remaining Cluster II spacecraft are scheduled to blast off from the Baikonur cosmodrome on Wednesday at 11:13am GMT. Launched on board a Soyuz-Fregat rocket, the two satellites - now named Rumba and Tango - will maneuver into a close formation with their mates Salsa and Samba. Together, the group will investigate the interactions of the solar wind and the Earth's magnetosphere.
HUBBLE SPOTS MISSING LINEAR CHUNKS
Although Astronomers believed that Comet LINEAR had completely torn apart, new images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope show that it has actually broken into at least a dozen "cometesimals", each several metres across. As they watch how the Comet comes apart, scientists are learning hoping to learn how it was put together in the first place, 4.6 billion years ago.
PROGRESS SET TO DOCK WITH STATION
After a successful launch on Sunday, the Russian Progress supply vessel is set to link up with the International Space Station tonight at 10:14pm GMT. The spacecraft is carrying a load of fuel, as well as food, computers, clothing and other supplies. The linkup will be broadcast live on NASA television, with coverage starting at 10:00pm GMT.
115 TONNES OF SPACE STATION READY TO GO
With Zvezda safely in orbit, 115 metric tonnes of components and modules for the International Space Station can now be launched and installed. The parts have been piling up in NASA warehouses for the past few years, and include an American science lab, Italian cargo carriers, and the Canadian robot arm. Everything is scheduled for launch over the course of the next 18 months, with the entire station completed by 2005.
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