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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

degrees Kelvin.

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

http://spaceflightnow.com/m5/astroe/index.html

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.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_633000/633913.stm

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.

http://cnn.com/2000/TECH/space/02/03/near.rendezvous/index.html

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

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.

http://www.spaceviews.com/2000/02/06b.html

News from SpaceDaily.com for Today

China Plans Seed Nursery For Space Experiments

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

Mars Assessment Team Returns To JPL

http://www.spacedaily.com/spacecast/news/mars-general-00d.html

NEAR Status Feb 4

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

NEAR Science Back On Track After Tech Glitch

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

Lockheed Proposes Design Study For planet Searching Space Scope

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

Which Way Does The Wind Blow

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

X-38 Tests Out Biggest Parachute Ever Deployed

http://www.spacedaily.com/spacecast/news/rlv-00e.html




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