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NASA Begins Climate Orbiter Inquiry
Sun Emits Multiple Coronal mass Ejections
The Moon May Still Be Active
Next Sea Launch Announced
Analysis of Lunar Prospector Data will Continue
NASA BEGINS CLIMATE ORBITER INQUIRY
The review board assigned to investigate the loss of the Mars
Climate Orbiter have begun their inquiry. Led by chairman Art
Stephenson, the board will review detailed reports from the
mission team and deliver technical recommendations to NASA by
early November - ideally before the Polar Lander arrives at Mars.
SUN EMITS MULTIPLE CORONAL mass EJECTIONS
The space-based Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) recently
viewed a series of coronal mass ejections - giant plasma bursts
that travel away from the Sun at 2000 km/s. Over the course of 14
hours, the Sun produced three of these ejections. Fortunately, none
hit the earth, where they could disrupt telecommunications.
THE Moon MAY STILL BE ACTIVE
Scientists have long believed that the Moon is a completely dead
world, but a new theory proposes that there may still be some
volcanic activity. For 450 years, some Astronomers have claimed
to see transient lunar phenomena (TLP) on the surface. It was
believed that TLPs were caused by meteor impacts, but this new
theory proposes volcanic outgassing.
NEXT SEA LAUNCH ANNOUNCED
A Ukrainian aerospace official announced that the second commercial
use of the Sea Launch platform has been scheduled for January 2000.
He would not announce the client or the exact date, but the launch
will use a Ukrainian Zenit-3SL booster.
ANALYSIS OF LUNAR PROSPECTOR DATA WILL CONTINUE
Thanks to a $3 million grant from NASA, the Lunar Research
Institute will continue to analyze data picked up by the Lunar
Prospector before it was crashed into the Moon in search of
water. The data will allow the team to develop maps of the lunar
surface, magnetic fields and areas of enriched Hydrogen which
could indicate water locations.
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