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Zvezda Readied for Wednesday's Launch

British Firm Moves Closer to the X-Prize

Tough Microbes Discovered at the South Pole

ZVEZDA READIED FOR WEDNESDAY'S LAUNCH

The Russian-built Zvezda service module for the International Space Station is still on track for a Wednesday launch at 0456 GMT on board a Russian Proton rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome. After launch, the module will fly under its own power for two weeks until it catches up with the station, and then perform an autodock to link up with the Zarya module. Once docked, Zvezda will provide habitability for future astronauts and thrust to maintain the station's altitude.

Original Source:

http://www.shuttlepresskit.com/ISS_OVR/assembly2_overview.htm

Internet Coverage:

http://www.spaceviews.com/2000/07/09a.html

http://www.cnn.com/2000/TECH/space/07/07/space.station/index.html

http://www.discovery.com/news/briefs/20000707/sp_station.html

http://www.msnbc.com/news/414490.asp

http://www.space.com/news/spacestation/zvezda_launchpad_000709.html

http://www.chron.com/content/interactive/space/station/stories/2000/20000710.html

http://www.flatoday.com/space/explore/stories/2000b/071000b.htm

BRITISH FIRM MOVES CLOSER TO THE X-PRIZE

A British Firm, Starchaser Industries, moved a step closer to capturing the X-Prize on Thursday with the launch of its two-stage Starchaser-Discovery rocket. The six-meter rocket flew to an altitude of 5,720 meters over Morecambe Bay, U.K.. The X-Prize will pay $10 million to the first team that develops a reusable rocket without government support that can carry three people to an altitude of 100km. Starchaser CEO Steven Bennett believes his company will capture the prize by mid-2003.

Original Source:

http://www.starchaser.co.uk/

Internet Coverage:

http://www.spaceviews.com/2000/07/07b.html

TOUGH MICROBES DISCOVERED AT THE SOUTH POLE

Researchers working in Antarctica have discovered a form of bacteria capable of surviving the intense cold and ultraviolet radiation at the South Pole. They were surprised to find the bacteria synthesizing DNA and protein at temperatures of -12 to -17 C. The microbes have similar DNA to a category of bacteria known as Deinococcus, which is known for its ability to withstand radiation.

Internet Coverage:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_827000/827063.stm

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000709/sc/microbes_dc_3.html

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