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Spacewalkers Successfully Replace Hubble's Broken Gyros.
ARCHAEOASTRONOMER TONY AVENI ON "DEEP SKY"
TODAY AT 8:00PM ET
With Space exploration about to enter a new century, now is the perfect
time to reflect on the astronomy of the past. Archaeoastromomer (they study
the astronomy of ancient civilizations) and Cornell professor Tony Aveni
is our guide as we follow in the footsteps of the Three Wise Men and
persue the star of Bethlehem.
Just what was it anyway? Theories abound. Alignment? Supernova?
Miracle? DEEP SKY explores some possibilities. If it wasn't a star
as such, it sure wrecks the meter to that Christmas carol....
AND ON COSMIC VISIONS
It’s not just millennial turnover that prompts end-of-the-world predictions.
The sudden appearance of comets and meteors has always been a handy excuse
for people to get overexcited. Not bad for some oddly shaped clumps of
rock and ice...
COSMIC VISIONS has tried to separate the fact from fiction in an attempt
to put these orbital vagabonds into perspective.
Watch them both at http://www.spacewatch.com
Spacewalkers Successfully Replace Hubble's Broken Gyros
Surveyor's Search for the Polar Lander
Cigarette and Alcohol Tax Could Save Mir
SPACEWALKERS SUCCESSFULLY REPLACE HUBBLE'S BROKEN GYROS
After an over 8-hour spacewalk, the crew of Discovery were
successfully able to replace the damaged gyros in the Hubble
Space Telescope. This spacewalk was the second longest in history.
Their next step is to replace some of its older equipment, and
upgrade the computer hardware. The shuttle is expected to return
SURVEYOR'S SEARCH FOR THE POLAR LANDER
The Mars Global Surveyor has joined the search efforts to the
find the missing Mars Polar Lander. Although the 4-meter lander
will probably show up on a photograph taken by Surveyor, it will
just be a couple of grey dots, and almost impossible to distinguish
from the rest of the photograph. The searchers are hoping to see
the Lander's parachute, which would be distinguishable fro
CIGARETTE AND ALCOHOL TAX COULD SAVE MIR
A Russian newspaper reported that the government could be
planning an increase of cigarette and alcohol taxes to help
pay maintenance costs for the Mir spacestation. By increasing
duties and tax on these goods, it would generate the $200
million needed to keep Mir aloft. The Russian Space Agency
has explained that it's just a proposal, and they're
waiting for the government to confirm it.
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