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Atlas III Launch Delayed by Radar Problem.
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.
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
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.
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