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First Cluster II Satellites in Position.
July 25, 2000
A few more astronomy clubs, web pages and space societies.
J.A.G. solar observatory - http://tonysastronomy.freeservers.com
H Alpha Solar observation, and imaging.
SKY VIEWS: http://mars.superlink.net/jrespler/skyviews.htm
Daily listing of events to see in the sky. Moon calendar. Local satellite predictions. Estimating distance in sky. List of all satellites launched. Sky map. blue moon defined. Mensa. Typewriter collecting.
Astronomical Society of Rowan County - http://members.dialstar.com/asrc/
The Astronomical Society of Rowan County (ASRC) is centrally located in the piedmont of North Carolina. Our mission and goal is in preserving and sharing the largest most intriguing natural resource we have, the starry night sky. Founded in June of 1981, the ASRC is a proud member of the International DarkSky Association.
Zvezda Prepares to Dock with Space Station
First Cluster II satellites in Position
asteroid Strike Overdue?
ZVEZDA PREPARES TO DOCK WITH SPACE STATION
After two weeks spent catching up with the rest of the International Space Station, the Zvezda service module is almost ready to link up. Russian flight controllers carried out the final maneuvers yesterday, and they reported that Zvezda is now in the correct orbit to make the connection Wednesday morning at 0053 GMT. A full scale dress rehearsal has already been carried out, and the module's docking systems are performing as expected.
FIRST CLUSTER II satellites IN POSITION
The first two Cluster II satellites, named Salsa and Samba, performed five orbital maneuvers since their launch on July 16th, to place them in their final orbit. These satellites will be joined by two additional Cluster II spacecraft, Tango and Rumba, which are set to launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome on board a Soyuz rocket August 9th. Once all four are in position, they will begin studies of the interaction between the Earth's magnetic field and the solar wind.
ASTEROID STRIKE OVERDUE?
A british group of scientists known as the "X Files Committee" has warned that the Earth is due for an asteroid strike large enough to kill 10% of the population. asteroids 1 km in size generally strike the Earth once every 100,000 years - according to their research, we're long overdue. Rumours say that NASA is already working on a $300 million program to investigate possible defense against such as asteroid with a "Near Earth Asteroid" probe.
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