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Space News from SpaceDaily.com for today
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Astrolink Attracts Half Billion Liberty Ticket
Team ABL Completes Initial Software Segment For Raygun
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Volcanoes and water Don't Mix
Galileo's Io Images Released
NASA Reconsiders Mars Landing Spot
Dust Rings Could Be Used to Detect Planetary Systems
Gamma Burst Help Astronomers Explore Early Universe
Chandra Detects X-Ray Jet in Nearby Galaxy
Thruster Problem Won't Hamper NEAR's Mission
GALILEO'S Io IMAGES RELEASED
NASA has released the latest images of Io taken by the Galileo
spaceprobe on its most recent pass of the moon. One photo shows
a lava field near the center of an erupting Volcano as Galileo
passed only 670 kilometers above the surface. Because of the intense
radiation around the moon, all of the Io encounters were scheduled
at the end of the Galileo's mission.
NASA RECONSIDERS MARS LANDING SPOT
Recent photographs of Mars' polar regions by the Global Surveyor
has forced the Mars Polar Lander team to reconsider locations to
land their spacecraft. Initially thought to be gently rolling hills,
the photographs have revealed a series of slopes and mesas.
DUST RINGS COULD BE USED TO DETECT PLANETARY SYSTEMS
New theories of planetary system formation proposed by
astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
predict that new systems will form into rings around stars before
becoming planets. Recent photos of dust rings, such as that
around the star HR 4796A support this theory.
GAMMA BURST HELP Astronomers EXPLORE EARLY UNIVERSE
Astronomers at the University of Chicago believe that gamma
ray bursts will help probe back to the beginning of the universe.
Thought to be the most powerful explosions in the universe, the
team believes they can detect gamma bursts older and further away
than the most distant quasars - which are commonly used to
measure the early universe.
CHANDRA DETECTS X-RAY JET IN NEARBY GALAXY
The Chandra X-ray observatory helped to reveal incredible detail
of Centaurus A, a nearby Galaxy known for repeated X-ray
explosions - it's suspected the Galaxy contains a supermassive
black hole at its center. One X-ray jet alone is the length
of our own Milky Way galaxy.
THRUSTER PROBLEM WON'T HAMPER NEAR'S MISSION
During a routine trajectory correction maneuver, the NEAR
spacecraft's thrusters burned 35-40% less than planned. This
"underburn" caused the spacecraft to be slightly off-course.
Flight engineers believe the problem was caused by errors in
the software, and not with the actual thruster. They don't
believe it will cause any problem to the spacecraft's mission.
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