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It's a Star, Not a Planet

Atlantis Possibly Delayed by Rudder Problems

Dazzling Aurora

IT'S A STAR, NOT A PLANET

An unusual object in a long, thin nebula photographed by Hubble was

thought to be the first extrasolar planet directly imaged. Scrutiny has

revealed that the object is just too hot to be a planet: instead, it is likely

that the strange object is a background star, dimmed by interstellar dust.

The original observations identified the object as a potential young and

hot "protoplanet" several times larger than Jupiter.

http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n0004/07protoplanet/index.html

http://cnn.com/2000/TECH/space/04/07/not.a.planet/index.html

http://www.msnbc.com/news/168818.asp

http://www.spaceviews.com/2000/04/06c.html

ATLANTIS POSSIBLY DELAYED BY RUDDER PROBLEMS

A hydraulic problem in Atlantis' tail has jeopardized the launch set for later

this month. NASA is hoping to keep the shuttle on track: engineers are

spending a day or two collecting data to analyze the problem and come

up with a best solution. The Power Drive Unit for the shuttle's

rudder/speed brake shows hydraulic pressures three times normal, and

engineers are debating the feasibility replacing it on the launch pad, a

repair feat never performed in the history of the shuttle program.

http://spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts101/000407rudder.html

http://www.foxnews.com/science/040600/shuttle.sml

http://www.chron.com/cgi-bin/auth/story.mpl/content/interactive/space/news/2000/20000406.html

http://www.flatoday.com/space/explore/stories/2000a/040700c.htm

http://www.spaceviews.com/2000/04/06b.html

DAZZLING AURORA

European and North American skywatchers were treated to a spectacular

display of Northern Lights. The ACE spacecraft detected an incoming

cloud of magnetically charged particles, and scientist issued an auroral alert.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_705000/705185.stm

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