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ESA Space Telescope Reaches Operating Orbit.
ASTRONAUT MICHAEL J. MCCULLEY
ON "MISSION CONTROL, OVER"
LIVE TODAY ON SpaceWatch AT 2:00PM ET
NASA Astronaut Michael McCulley has piloted the Space Shuttle Atlantis
and helped launch the Galileo spacecraft for Jupiter. As the Deputy
Director of the Kennedy Space Center Launch Site, he was responsible
for supervising Shuttle prep from wheels-stop on the runway through
T-0 on the launch pad. Today, he is the C.O.O. of United Space Alliance.
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ESA Space telescope Reaches Operating Orbit
SHUTTLE WILL RENDEZVOUS WITH HUBBLE TONIGHT
Now that they're finally in space, the crew of Discovery can get to
work and fix the broken gyros on the Hubble telescope. Once they
reach the telescope, they will use the shuttle's arm to haul it into
the cargo bay for three days of repairs. The telescope will also get
some new equipment in addition to the repairs, including a data
recorder, radio transmitter, and fine guidance sensor.
GALILEO SPOTS MASSIVE ERUPTIONS ON IO
In a recent flyby of Jupiter's Moon Io, the Galileo spacecraft
captured images of a giant volcanic eruption on the moon's surface.
The hot lava fountains were so large and high, they were even visible
from the Earth-based Infrared telescope on Mauna Kea. Io's largest
volcano - Loki - is over 190-km across.
BIGGER PAYLOADS MAKE FOR TOUGHER COMPETITION
The newly built Ariane 5 rocket has the ability to carry 6.2 tonnes
into orbit, and there are plans in the works to double this by 2005.
In response, US firms are using government grants to develop new
boosters, which will cut launch costs by 40%. With all this
competition, Ariane's profit margins were a mere 1.3% in 1998.
The business of putting objects into orbit has become fiercely
ESA SPACE telescope REACHES OPERATING ORBIT
Launched on the maiden voyage of the Ariane 5 rocket, the European
Space Agency's XMM (X-Ray Multimirror Mission) space telescope has
now reached its operating orbit. The telescope will be used to help
map the edges of black holes in space and measure extreme sources
of heat and energy. All indications say that the telescope is
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