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Shuttle Countdown Begins Again

Atlas III Launch Delayed by Radar Problem

NASA Working on New Solar Sail Designs

SHUTTLE COUNTDOWN BEGINS AGAIN

After several delays last month, the Space Shuttle Atlantis launch countdown

has begun again. The shuttle is currently set to launch on Thursday at

6:38 AM EDT (10:38 GMT) on its 10-day mission to resupply the International

Space Station. This time it looks like the weather won't be much of a

factor - forecasters are predicting only a 10% chance of weather cancelling the launch.

Original Source

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/shuttle/

News Stories

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_750000/750588.stm

http://cnn.com/2000/TECH/space/05/15/shuttle.01.ap/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/science/051500/shuttle.sml

http://www.msnbc.com/news/398210.asp

http://www.chron.com/content/interactive/space/missions/sts-101/stories/20000516.html

http://www.spacedaily.com/shuttle.html

http://www.spaceviews.com/2000/05/15a.html

ATLAS III LAUNCH DELAYED BY RADAR PROBLEM

All ready for its initial launch, the unique US/Russian Atlas III rocket

stayed grounded yesterday after launch managers discovered faulty radar

tracking systems at a station in Bermuda. Lockheed Martin has until Wednesday

to launch the rocket; before they have to let NASA go ahead with the

Atlantis launch.

Original Source

http://www.ilslaunch.com/ILS/press_room/news/2000/000515nr_a.html

News Stories

http://cnn.com/2000/TECH/space/05/15/revolutionaryrocket.ap/index.html

http://www.flatoday.com/space/explore/stories/2000a/051600a.htm

http://www.spacedaily.com/news/eutelsat-00f.html

http://www.spaceviews.com/2000/05/15b.html

NASA WORKING ON NEW SOLAR SAIL DESIGNS

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center announced that they are now developing

solar sail technology for an upcoming mission likely to launch in 2010.

Designed to be over 400 meters across, the sun-powered sail will push the

spacecraft to a hurtling 93 kilometers/second, and send it to the outer

reaches of the solar system over the course of its 15-year mission.

Original Source

http://www1.msfc.nasa.gov/NEWSROOM/news/releases/2000/00-151.html

News Stories

http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n0005/15solarsails/index.html

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