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Galileo Prepared for Io and Europa Flyby.
Hubble Repair Mission Pushed Back
Nests of Galaxies Unveiled By Hubble
New Methods of Measuring Gamma Ray Bursts
Chinese Space Capsule is Almost Russian Made
Polar Lander Team Trains for Landing
Engineers Find More Problems with Discovery
Pakistan Plans New satellite Launch
India Plans to Test New Cryogenic Engine
Galileo Prepared for Io and Europa Flyby
Another Team Detects Extrasolar Planet
JPL Director Describes the Future of Space Exploration
Proton Rockets Won't Launch Before March
HUBBLE REPAIR MISSION PUSHED BACK
The launch date for the Hubble Space Telescope repair mission has
been pushed back to December 9th - three days back from the most
recently planned date. The delay is because of a new set of wiring
problems found on the Space Shuttle Discovery.
NESTS OF Galaxies UNVEILED BY HUBBLE
Before its fourth gyro failed, rendering the space telescope
inoperative, Hubble researchers were able to view detailed images
of a class of Galaxies called ultra-luminous Infrared galaxies.
Several have been found to contain giant nests of up to five galaxies.
NEW METHODS OF MEASURING GAMMA RAY BURSTS
NASA Astronomers have discovered properties of gamma ray bursts which
allow the distance of these massive explosions to be more accurately
measured. The gamma bursts release different levels of energy: high
and low. By measuring the difference in their wavelength, the
researchers believe they can determine the luminosity and distance.
CHINESE SPACE CAPSULE IS ALMOST RUSSIAN MADE
The Chinese Space Agency's historic maiden flight of its unmanned
Shenzhou space capsule was heralded as a success. But recent photographs
of the scorched return vehicle show it's basically a reverse engineered
Russian Soyuz capsule. This isn't surprising considering Russia's have
been providing the Chinese with technology and surplus equipment for
over a decade.
POLAR LANDER TEAM TRAINS FOR LANDING
With the December 3rd arrival of the Mars Polar Lander close
approaching, the team of engineers have been preparing themselves
for this tense time. They spent the last week training for the
entry, descent and landing of the spacecraft. With the recent
loss of the Climate Orbiter, everyone is working to make sure
that nothing goes wrong this time.
ENGINEERS FIND MORE PROBLEMS WITH DISCOVERY
Workers preparing Discovery the repair mission of the Hubble Space
Telescope learned that they need to replace a leaky quick disconnect
valve on Auxiliary Power Unit No. 3. This will take two days to
complete, which pushes the launch back to end of its launch window,
but it still could launch by the 9th.
PAKISTAN PLANS NEW satellite LAUNCH
Pakistan has big plans to get into the space race with the
construction of its second locally-built satellite: the Badr-2.
The satellite is due to launch in March 2000 on board a Russian
Zenit-2 rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome.
INDIA PLANS TO TEST NEW CRYOGENIC ENGINE
An Indian-built experimental cryogenic rocket engine will be tested
later this year at the Liquid Propulsion Systems Center in
Thiruvananthapuram. Under development for seven years, its
designers claim the engine will be the most efficient in the
world when it goes into operation in 2001.
GALILEO PREPARED FOR Io AND Europa FLYBY
The Galileo spacecraft will make its closest approach to Jupiter's
Io today, when it passes only 300 kilometers above the moon's surface.
This will be after a close approach to one of Jupiter's other moons,
Europa, when it passes 8,642 kilometers away.
ANOTHER TEAM DETECTS EXTRASOLAR PLANET
A second team of Astronomers have validated the discovery of
renowned planet hunters Geoffrey Marcy and Paul Butler who
claimed they had visual evidence of a planet orbiting a distant
star. This new team from the US and Switzerland said they to
were able to detect the dimming of the star HD 209458 as the
planet orbited around it.
JPL DIRECTOR DESCRIBES THE FUTURE OF SPACE EXPLORATION
At a recent lecture at the American Astronautical Society's
annual meeting, Edward Stone, the director of NASA's Jet
Propulsion Lab described the future of space exploration.
He described constellations of communications satellites
and outposts that enable robotic explorers to spend much
longer exploring planets.
PROTON ROCKETS WON'T LAUNCH BEFORE MARCH
With the loss of 2 out of 4 recent Proton launches, the Russian
Space Agency has decided to ground the fleet until it can
complete upgrades on the second stage of the booster engine.
This new delay will push the launch of the Zvezda module for
the International Space Station until after the upgrade has
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