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Solar Storms are Now More Predictable.
It appears we're going to have fewer news sources shortly. Good 'ol SPACE.com has purchased Starport.com and SpaceViews.com. We saw this last year when explorezone.com was consumed and its news ceased. I'm guessing Starport and SpaceViews will publish for a while longer and then their information will be integrated into SPACE.com. I hope it's done well, because Starport and SpaceViews are especially good publications, and their disappearance would cause a bit of a vacuum in the news department.
I just want to go on the record and say that universe Today isn't having any kind of merger talks with anyone. I'm feeling kind of left out. ;-)
Mir Will Let Tourists Fly Into Space
Solar Storms are Now More Predictable
Galileo Outside Jupiter's Magnetosphere
MIR WILL LET TOURISTS FLY INTO SPACE
MirCorp announced its new Citizen Explorer program today, which allows private citizens to fly aboard the Mir space station. The first candidate is California businessman Dennis Tito, who's currently in Russia undergoing training and medical examination for the flight. The final launch date is still unknown, and it's rumored he's paid $20 million for the one week trip.
SOLAR STORMS ARE NOW MORE PREDICTABLE
Solar Astronomers working at the Catholic University of America and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center have created a new model for reliably predicting how long it takes for Coronal mass Ejections to reach the Earth after they erupt from the Sun. They can predict the arrival of a solar storm within a half-day, which is much better than previous estimate ranges of 2-5 days.
GALILEO OUTSIDE JUPITER'S MAGNETOSPHERE
The Galileo spacecraft has exited Jupiter's magnetosphere for the first time since early 1996. This puts Galileo into an area where the solar wind blows strongly, and allows the spacecraft to participate in a joint data gathering project with Cassini, which is currently en route to Saturn. The two spacecraft will help NASA understand the influence of the solar wind on Jupiter's magnetosphere.
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