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Giant Solar Flare Recorded.
Astro-E Ready for Launch
Giant Solar Flare Recorded
NEAR Changes Course Towards Eros
Kazakhstan Lifts Launch Ban
ASTRO-E READY FOR LAUNCH
A new Japanese-US X-Ray spectrometer, the Astro-E, is ready for its
February 8th launch from the Kagoshima Space Center on board an M-V
rocket. The Astro-E is so sensitive, it measures the heat created
from individual X-ray photons - it's expected it will be 10 times
more sensitive than any other X-ray sensor. It also has the
distinction of being the coldest known object in space; only 0.06
GIANT SOLAR FLARE RECORDED
Solar Astronomers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration and the Space Environment Centre recorded an enormous
solar flare on Saturday - one of the largest seen in recent years.
Billions of tonnes of super-hot gas were ejected into space,
travelling 500 kilometers per second away from the Sun. Fortunately,
the flare was pointed away from the Earth, and is no threat.
NEAR CHANGES COURSE TOWARDS EROS
The Near Earth asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft performed a
course change on Thursday to bring it more in line with the asteroid
Eros. NEAR slowed its relative velocity to the asteroid from 69 kph
to 29 kph. It also changed its trajectory 100 km closer to its
target. NEAR is expected to reach Eros on February 14th, with the
next trajectory change set for Feb. 8th.
KAZAKHSTAN LIFTS LAUNCH BAN
On the recommendation of a special government commission, the
Kazakhstan government has agreed to lift its ban on Proton launches.
They agreed to remove the ban because a Russian investigation
determined why two previous Proton rockets crashed shortly after
launch - the presence of metal and minerals caused the engines to
ignite. This clears the way for the next Proton launch on Feb. 12th.
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