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A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

After a few emails about the same topic and I'm starting to see a

trend.

Maybe you've heard, or maybe you haven't, but all the visible planets,

the Sun, Moon and the Earth will be in almost a straight line on

May 5th, 2000. Unfortunately, the Sun will obscure the view from

the here, so we won't get a chance to see the close grouping.

It's an interesting astronomical event for sure - and one that

happens very rarely. But the media hype is starting to churn;

quoting those who believe it will cause the end of the Earth. This

many planets in a line must cause a lot of gravity, or something.

Well, it won't. The amount of extra gravity on the Earth is less than

we get from the Moon at its closest point every month. Nothing's

going to happen. Nothing.

Please remain calm.

Olivier Staiger, eclipse hunter extraordinaire, has put together

a page complete with cool animation to try and clear things up.

Check it out at: http://eclipse.span.ch/planets.htm

Now, onto the news...

Creative Ideas Help Conserve Shuttle Fuel

NASA Releases More Photos of Eros

MirCorp Creates a New Role for the Russian Station

NASA Approves New Comet Mission

CREATIVE IDEAS HELP CONSERVE SHUTTLE FUEL

With the small thruster not working at the end of the radar mapping

boom, the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour has been forced to

use the shuttle's fuel to compensate. And with the radar mapping

equipment working so well, NASA has brainstormed a range of solutions

to keep it mapping as long as possible before the shuttle runs out

of fuel, and they anticipate success.

Universe Today STS-99 Reference Guide

http://www.universetoday.com/html/special/sts99.html

http://www.msnbc.com/news/369689.asp

http://abcnews.go.com/sections/science/DailyNews/shuttle_endeavour000215.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_644000/644887.stm

http://cnn.com/2000/TECH/space/02/15/shuttle.01/index.html

http://www.spaceviews.com/2000/02/16a.html

NASA RELEASES MORE PHOTOS OF EROS

Now firmly in orbit around its new home, the Near Earth asteroid

Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft has been busily photographing asteroid

Eros. Although Eros is no threat to the Earth, NASA hopes the data

they collect will provide valuable insights into the composition

of dangerous Earth-crossing asteroids.

http://www.msnbc.com/news/204520.asp

http://cnn.com/2000/TECH/space/02/16/eros.01/index.html

MIRCORP CREATES A NEW ROLE FOR THE RUSSIAN STATION

It looks like the beleaguered Mir spacestation has received a stay

of execution... for now. Bermuda-based MirCorp has agreed to lease

the station, and has already paid $20 to $30 million (with another

$40 million coming by the end of the year). What they'll use Mir

for hasn't been decided, but it will probably be a collection space

tourism, experiments in space, and advertising.

http://www.msnbc.com/news/370668.asp

http://www.discovery.com/news/briefs/20000216/space_mir.html

NASA APPROVES NEW Comet MISSION

After near cancellation due to budget cuts, the Comet Nucleus Tour

(or Contour) mission has been approved by NASA. Part of the

Discovery-class of missions, the spacecraft will fly past the

nuclei of three comets: Encke, Schwassmann-Wachmann-3, and d'Arrest

starting in 2003 and completing the flybys as late as 2008.

http://www.spaceviews.com/2000/02/15b.html

News from SpaceDaily.com for Today

Was Polar Lander Doomed By Fatal Design Flaw

http://www.spacedaily.com/spacecast/news/mars-polar99-00f1.html

NASA Okays Comet Tour

http://www.spacedaily.com/spacecast/news/comet-contour-00a.html

Astro-E Launch Loss Leaves A Void

http://www.spacedaily.com/spacecast/news/japan-astroe-00d.html

NEAR Data Has Big Impact

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

Endeavour Completes Half The Earth In 3D

http://www.spacedaily.com/spacecast/news/shuttle-00n.html

Micro-g Has The Measure On Martian Gravity

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

US Military Chief Says June OK For Missile Decision

http://www.spacedaily.com/spacecast/news/bmdo-00i.html

China Defends Sino-Russian Military Cooperation

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

US, Japan Vow To Continue Regional ABM Research

http://www.spacedaily.com/spacecast/news/japan-missile-00b.html

AirForce Releases Launch Vision Report

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




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