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Solar Maximum Approaches.
Ariane Rocket Lifts Telecomm
Discovery Moved to the Launch Pad
extrasolar planet Seen Passing in Front of Star
Solar Maximum Approaches
200 Dangerous asteroids Now Discovered
ARIANE ROCKET LIFTS TELECOMM
Arianespace added another successful launch to its track
record when the GE-4 telecommunications satellite was placed
into orbit on board an Ariane 44LP with two strap-on solid rocket
boosters. Built by Lockheed Martin, the satellite will service
the C-/Ku-bands for North and South America. This is Arianespace's
49th consecutive successful launch.
DISCOVERY MOVED TO THE LAUNCH PAD
After a series of delays, the Space Shuttle Discovery has
finally been moved to the launch pad in preparation for its
December 6th mission to help repair the ailing Hubble Space
Telescope. The trek from the Vehicle Assembly Building to
the launch pad is 6.75 kms, and took the shuttle over four
hours to make the journey.
EXTRASOLAR planet SEEN PASSING IN FRONT OF STAR
Astronomers at the University of California, Berkeley have
witnessed an extrasolar planet passing in front of its
star - the first time this has ever been seen! After the
team discovered the evidence of a planet through its gravitation
effect on star HD 209458 they viewed the star with an automated
telescope. The planet passed in front of the star exactly
when they predicted, and dimmed it the same amount every orbit,
allowing the team to measure the size and density of the planet.
SOLAR MAXIMUM APPROACHES
The Earth is about to enter the Solar Maximum - a time when
activity on the sun's 11 year cycle reaches its peak. The
aerospace industry is concerned about the impact the increase
in solar storms will have on the constellation of
telecommunications satellites in orbit, which will face
the full brunt of the sun's energy.
200 DANGEROUS asteroids NOW DISCOVERED
Astronomers using the LINEAR telescope in New Mexico recently
discovered the 200th potentially hazardous asteroid (PHA)
named 1999 VP11. PHAs are objects above 200 meters in diameter,
and pass within 7.5 million kilometers of the Earth's orbit.
Although the LINEAR facility has only been operational for
three years, it has discovered a third of all PHAs.
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