Major Solar Flare Prompts Storm Warning
Next Generation spacecraft Concepts
Picnic on Mars
Hubble Turns 10
MAJOR SOLAR FLARE PROMPTS STORM WARNING
A major solar flare could have disrupted power and communications.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's issued a solar
storm warning that was in effect until 1600 GMT Saturday. No
disruptions were reported, but storm warnings of this type may become
more common as the Sun approached the peak of its 11-year activity
cycle. The storm was a moderate G-2 rating on the federal
government's new space weather scale of 1 to 5, but had initially
spiked at a severe G-4.
NEXT GENERATION spacecraft CONCEPTS
The next generation of space shuttles may utilize such futuristic
technologies as magnetic levitation launchers, self-healing thermal parts
and solar powered propulsion systems. All this in a keynote address by
the director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center to the National
Space Symposium. Though current, aging shuttle program will continue
to bear NASA's burden for years to come, the payload cost is an
outrageous $10,000 a pound.
PICNIC ON MARS
Cornell University recently completed and experiment where subjects
ate only food items designed to be grown and prepared on long-
duration space missions, like a manned mission to Mars. The food had
to meet a strict set of requirements: all the food items were meat- and
dairy-free, contained low amounts of sodium and iron, and could be
prepared relatively quickly and easily.
HUBBLE TURNS 10
Five new postage stamps will be issued today to commemorate the
10th birthday of the Hubble Space Telescope. The ceremony, which
began at 9am Eastern honors not only the Hubble telescope, but its
pioneering namesake Edwin Powell Hubble (1889-1953).
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