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Russian/US Rocket Prepares for Launch.
Cosmonauts Test New Glue for Mir
Russian/US Rocket Prepares for Launch
Astronomers Rediscover Missing Asteroid
NASA Faces Difficult Decision Between Upcoming Mars Missions
COSMONAUTS TEST NEW GLUE FOR MIR
Russian cosmonauts spent 5 hours outside Mir on Friday examining the
exterior of the station for damage, and testing a new "space glue" which
they hope will repair tiny cracks that have developed in the hull. Although
the cosmonauts believe they have stopped valuable air from continuing to leak
out of the station - from the inside - they plan to keep this new sealant on
hand for any new cracks that may develop.
RUSSIAN/US ROCKET PREPARES FOR LAUNCH
In a dramatic symbol of post-cold war teamwork, Lockheed Martin is preparing
to launch the first Atlas III rocket, containing a Russian-built engine. When
developing the new Atlas, Lockheed opened up the contract to build the engine
to companies outside the US, and the winner was NPO Energomash - the same
company that helped launch Sputnik, the first satellite.
ASTRONOMERS REDISCOVER MISSING ASTEROID
Astronomers working at the Minor planet Center in Cambridge announced that they
have "rediscovered" asteroid 719 Albert, last observed in 1911. Although Albert
is a near-Earth object, it will never get any closer than 30.5 million kilometres.
NASA FACES DIFFICULT DECISION BETWEEN UPCOMING MARS MISSIONS
Thanks to last year's failed Mars missions, NASA is now considering between an
orbiter and a rover for its upcoming 2003 mission to the Red Planet. The decision
between which mission to launch, or even to launch a mission at all, is expected
to be made in early July.
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