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Bad Weather Could Change Shuttle Landing Location.
Bad Weather Could Change Shuttle Landing Location
Next Shuttle Mission Broken Into Two
Solar Storm Misses the Earth
A Suicidal End for Galileo?
BAD WEATHER COULD CHANGE SHUTTLE LANDING LOCATION
With the radar topology mapping mission complete, the crew of the
space shuttle Endeavour is in final preparations to return to Earth
at 4:50pm EST (2150 UST) today; however, high winds at the Cape
Canaveral landing site could force the crew to head for Edwards Air
Force Base in California. Unfortunately, Edwards weather is bad too,
so they might be forced to use Mojave desert military base.
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NEXT SHUTTLE MISSION BROKEN INTO TWO
NASA has confirmed that the Space Shuttle Atlantis will visit the
International Space Station twice in four months. The first mission
on April 13th to perform maintenance on the station, while the
second on August 17th will work to connect the Zvezda and Zarya
modules together, and prepare the station for its first permanent
inhabitants later in the year.
SOLAR STORM MISSES THE EARTH
A giant solar flare erupted from the Sun last week, and sent a
wave of plasma towards the Earth. It appears that the shot was a
near miss, and it passed harmlessly by. Had it hit the Earth, it
could have disrupted communications and power supplies. The Sun
reaches its maximum period of energy this year, so we can expect
more flares to come our way.
A SUICIDAL END FOR GALILEO?
Nearing the very end of its operational lifetime, NASA is
considering how best to end Galileo's mission before it runs out
of fuel, dead in space. Perhaps a suicidal plunge into Jupiter's
atmosphere, or a crash-landing into one of the Jovian moons. They
don't want to crash it into Europa; however, as it could still be
carrying microbes from Earth that could contaminate possible life
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