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Mysterious Solar "Spin Cycle".
Flying Lifeboat Flew Well, Landed Poorly
NASA Administrator Takes the Heat
Mysterious Solar "Spin Cycle"
FLYING LIFEBOAT FLEW WELL, LANDED POORLY
Thursday was the longest and highest free flight test for the prototype
spacecraft that will eventually shuttle astronauts from the International
Space Station. The X-38 "flying lifeboat" flew for more than 40 seconds
from a height of 39,000 feet in a test that included pitches and rolls.
Although one landing skid did not deploy, a problem that fortunately
did not cause any major problems in the craft's landing in a dry lake bed.
NASA ADMINISTRATOR TAKES THE HEAT
Last years Mars program failures are the fault of NASA Administrator Dan
Goldin, at least according to him. He says that he pushed too hard and
cuts too aggressively, making success impossible for spacecraft managers.
He promises to make sure missions have adequate resources, but NASA
will not be returning to the days of big spacecraft with immense budgets.
MYSTERIOUS SOLAR "SPIN CYCLE"
Our Sun has two parallel layers of gas beneath the surface that are
speeding up and slowing down in a coordinated way: as one spins faster,
the other reduces speed. Solar scientists are baffled by the unexpected
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