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Venusian Volcanoes Overwhelmed Climate.
Tonight on Space Watch
X-rays aren't just for bones anymore. X-ray Astronomer and
CHANDRA research team member Terry Matilsky from Rutgers
University will join Michael and Andy this week.
He'll bring us up to date on CHANDRA, as well as the South
African Large telescope (SALT) project. The design of this
enormous spectrograph includes a fixed primary mirror, along
with a 91-component, 10-meter revolving mirror.
Check it out at http://www.spacewatch.com
Space News from SpaceDaily.com for today
Marshall Scoping Exo Worlds
Venusian volcanoes Overwhelmed Climate:
- Driving Tectonic Forces
Hale-Bopp Points To Early Solar Chemistry
Tuning Up The Ray Guns
Mobile Sat Flacks Spin Hard On Reassurance
Polar Lander About to Make Course Correction
Chandra Reveals More Secrets about Eta Carinae
Prospector Crash Didn't Turn Up Any Water
New Radio telescope Array Plans for Australia
Ikonos Begins Selling Photos from Space
Mir Losing Air and Altitude, But Still Safe
POLAR LANDER ABOUT TO MAKE COURSE CORRECTION
NASA engineers are planning a minor course correction of the Mars
Polar Lander on October 20th on its way to its landing on the Red
Planet on December 3rd. The engineers are also working to reconfigure
the spacecraft's antenna to communicate directly with Earth, without
the aid of the lost Climate Orbiter.
CHANDRA REVEALS MORE SECRETS ABOUT ETA CARINAE
The Chandra X-ray observatory is helping Astronomers reveal more
secrets about the mysterious object known as Eta Carinae. The strange
object emits more energy from its outer layer than its core, and it's
the most luminous object in our galaxy, equal to several million
times that of the sun.
PROSPECTOR CRASH DIDN'T TURN UP ANY WATER
A presentation by a researcher from the University of Texas at a
recent conference in Italy showed that the Lunar Prospector didn't
throw up a plume of water ice when it crashed into the Moon several
months ago. The researchers hoped to see the spectral signature of
water in the dust cloud kicked up from the impact, but no luck.
NEW RADIO telescope ARRAY PLANS FOR AUSTRALIA
Plans are being drawn up for what will be the largest array of radio
telescopes in the world - tens of thousands of egg-shaped radio Telescopes
in a giant grid. Other countries have also submitted designs, including
China, Canada, The Netherlands, and the United States. It will still be
several years before a design or location are chosen.
IKONOS BEGINS SELLING PHOTOS FROM SPACE
Able to capture details on Earth down to a resolution of 1 metre,
the Ikonos satellite is one of the most precise cameras in space - and
you can rent it. The company that launched the Ikonos, Space Imaging,
plans to allow the general public to purchase photos of any location
on Earth for between $30-$500 per square mile.
MIR LOSING AIR AND ALTITUDE, BUT STILL SAFE
A recent report from the Interfax news agency indicates that the Mir
spacestation is losing air pressure, and about 200 meters of altitude
every day. Neither of these problems, however, will stop a Russian crew
from entering the station in March or April 2000 to prepare Mir for
its crash landing.
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