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Hubble Captures Stellar Demolition Zone

Cluster II is Ready to Go

Hackers Accused of Breaking into NASA Computers

HUBBLE CAPTURES STELLAR DEMOLITION ZONE

New images released from the Hubble Space Telescope show a massive star 4,700 light-years away tearing apart a shell of dust and gas it blew off 250,000 years ago. The shell of material is known as the Crescent Nebula (NGC 6888), and it surrounds star WR 136 - a rare, short-lived super-hot star known as a Wolf-Rayet.

Original Source:

http://oposite.stsci.edu/pubinfo/PR/2000/23/pr-photos.html

Internet Coverage:

http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n0007/13hubble/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_830000/830483.stm

http://www.discovery.com/news/briefs/20000713/sp_hubble.html

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/astronomy/crescent_nebula_000712.html

CLUSTER II IS READY TO GO

After its mission was delayed slightly to let the Zvezda module launch from Baikonur, the first pair of the European Space Agency's Cluster II mission is cleared for launch on Friday, July 15th on board a Russian Soyuz rocket, with the second set launching August 9th. The four Cluster II satellites are replacements for a previous constellation destroyed in an Ariane 5 launch mishap back in 1996. Cluster II will explore the magnetosphere and help understanding of the interaction between the Sun and Earth.

Original Source:

http://sci.esa.int/content/news/index.cfm?aid=8&cid=31&oid=22250

Internet Coverage:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_832000/832019.stm

http://www.spacedaily.com/news/cluster2-00d.html

HACKERS ACCUSED OF BREAKING INTO NASA COMPUTERS

A fifteen-year old high school student, and another New York resident have been arrested and accused of hacking into NASA computers. Apparently, one of the hackers defaced the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab's website with images of Sesame Street's character Elmo. Although he didn't gain access to sensitive or classified information, authorities say the hacker caused $5,000 in damage.

Internet Coverage:

http://www.cnn.com/2000/TECH/computing/07/13/bc.nasahackers.ap/index.html

http://www.discovery.com/news/briefs/20000713/te_hackers.html

http://www.chron.com/cgi-bin/auth/story.mpl/content/interactive/space/news/2000/20000713.html



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