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Mercury Transits in Front of the Sun.
Leonid Meteors Will Put On a Show
SETI's 25th Anniversary Celebrated
Mars Microprobes Named After Antarctic Explorers
Another Gyro Fails, Crippling Hubble
Mercury Transits in Front of the Sun
Japanese Rocket Detonated After Launch
LEONID METEORS WILL PUT ON A SHOW
As Thursday approaches, Astronomers and scientists anticipate
the possibility of a dazzling Leonid meteor shower. As the
Earth moves through Comet Tempel-Tuttle's dust trail, it's
predicted that 4,000-6,000 meteors per hour will streak a
burning trail through our atmosphere.
SETI'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATED
It's been twenty-five years since a message was sent from the
Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico towards the Great Cluster
in Hercules. It's still to soon to hear back from the expected
audience, as the Cluster is 25,000 light years away, and no
other stars were in the path of the message.
MARS MICROPROBES NAMED AFTER ANTARCTIC EXPLORERS
Two microprobes carried on board the Mars Polar Lander have been
officially named after the leaders of two Antarctic expeditions:
Amundsen and Scott. The probes will slam into the surface of the
Red planet and drive detection equipment one-meter under the surface.
ANOTHER GYRO FAILS, CRIPPLING HUBBLE
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope knew they were
working on borrowed time, and their fears were realized on Saturday
when another of Hubble's gyro's failed, leaving the scope with
only two operation. The telescope needs three to operate, so
until the Dec. 6th Space Shuttle Discovery mission is complete,
Hubble is out of commission.
MERCURY TRANSITS IN FRONT OF THE SUN
In an event that only happens every 13 times a century, a transit
of the planet Mercury across the face of the Sun was visible from
Earth. North and South America were the best places to see the
transit, which lasted 52 minutes.
JAPANESE ROCKET DETONATED AFTER LAUNCH
After a Japanese H-2 rocket veered off course controllers on
the ground were forced to detonate it 8-minutes after launch
to prevent a possible crash. Authorities believe the misfire
was caused by a malfunctioning main engine. The rocket was
carrying a multi-purpose satellite for aviation control
and meteorological observation.
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