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Major Solar Flare Prompts Storm Warning.

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.

http://cnn.com/2000/TECH/space/04/07/sci.us.solarstorm.ap/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/science/040700/solarstorm.sml

http://www.msnbc.com/news/392145.asp

http://www.chron.com/cgi-bin/auth/story.mpl/content/interactive/space/news/2000/20000407.html

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.

http://cnn.com/2000/TECH/space/04/07/shuttle.of.future/index.html

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.

http://www.spaceviews.com/2000/04/09a.html

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).

http://www.msnbc.com/news/329383.asp

News from SpaceDaily.com for Today

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http://www.spacedaily.com/news/battery-00b.html

- Students Get Hyper Over Real World Test

http://www.spacedaily.com/news/radar-00c.html

- Chinese scientists To Study Space Weather

http://www.spacedaily.com/news/china-00p.html

- Wish Upon An ET

http://www.spacedaily.com/news/life-00q.html

- Where It All Began

http://www.spacedaily.com/news/gagarin-00a.html

- India To Test Heavy Lifter In 2001

http://www.spacedaily.com/news/india-00g.html

- Mitsubishi and Boeing Eye Broad Tie-up

http://www.spacedaily.com/news/japan-mhi-00a.html

- Seoul Wants Longer Range Missiles

http://www.spacedaily.com/news/korea-00m.html

- Eros Gets A Look Over

http://www.spacedaily.com/news/near-00ze.html

- Ballooning To Mars

http://www.spacedaily.com/news/mars-ballon-00a.html



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