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Possible Pluto Debris Spotted.
Even before NASA started its Astrobiology Institute earlier this year,
the idea that there might be life elsewhere in the universe had begun
to move from the realm of science fiction to the that of science fact.
Few are better qualified to lay out the whole picture than time Magazine
senior science writer Michael D. Lemonick. In his latest book, Other
Worlds, Lemonick gives a detailed account of new discoveries from Mars
and Jupiter's Moon Europa, as well as breakthroughs deep-space observing
from observatories around the world. At 8PM (ET) on Thursday,
October 7th, Limonick discuss of all this and more, including the
newest developments and projections for the future of this
Check it out at: http://www.spacewatch.com
Space News from SpaceDaily.com for today
Cometary Puzzle Points To Distant "Planet"
Possible Pluto Debris Spotted
A Galatic Wide Dark Secret
World's Largest Impact Found In South Africa
Ground Scope Spys asteroid Moon
Trimble Expands GPS Standards For Geographic Information System
China Working on New Launch Facility
Historic Launch Pad Will be Demolished
asteroid Could Strike Earth in 2042
asteroid Discovered to Have a Moon
Hubble Gazes at Galactic Bulges
Mars Hammered by Meteorites
Faulty Electronics Delay Titan Launch
Possible Discovery of 10th Planet
Shuttle Launch Delayed Again
Leader Named to Investigate Climate Orbiter Mishap
Recalculations Downgrade asteroid Threat
CHINA WORKING ON NEW LAUNCH FACILITY
Chinese space officials may be developing plans for a new satellite
launching facility on a small island in the South China Sea. Near to
the equator, the facility will enable rockets to launch 7-12% more
payloads than the country's other cosmodromes: at Xichang,
Jiucuan, and Taiyuan.
HISTORIC LAUNCH PAD WILL BE DEMOLISHED
One week from now, Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral will be
demolished to make room for Lockheed Martin's new Atlas V rockets.
The Complex is significant, as it was the launch facility for the
Viking spacecraft to Mars and Venus. Using 81 kilograms of high
explosive, engineers will collapse the 90 meter tower in under 60
seconds, and then another month to haul the equipment away.
ASTEROID COULD STRIKE Earth IN 2042
Discovered on September 14th, asteroid RM45 has an extremely small
chance of striking the Earth in 2042 or 2050 - a probability of less
than one in one-hundred-million. Although the chance is quite small,
astronomers have put it on the list of potentially hazardous objects,
and will continue to measure its orbit carefully.
ASTEROID DISCOVERED TO HAVE A MOON
Astronomers have discovered a Moon orbiting the asteroid 45 Eugenia,
using the giant France-Hawaii telescope on Mauna Kea. This is the first
picture of an asteroid and Moon using a ground-based telescope. With a
moon, Astronomers can determine the mass and density of the asteroid.
HUBBLE GAZES AT GALACTIC BULGES
Using the Hubble Space Telescope, Astronomers from the University of
Nottingham and Columbia University are attempting to learn more about
the evolution of spiral galaxies. Hubble allowed the Astronomers to peer
through galactic dust and haze into the core of distant galaxies, enabling
them to determine the true colour and age of the stars in the core.
MARS HAMMERED BY METEORITES
Using photos of Martian rocks taken by the Mars Pathfinder as a guide,
NASA scientists are attempting to simulate the damage done to the surface
of Mars by meteorites. The scientists smashed small rocks into larger
boulders in the laboratory, and found they were able to mimic the damage
done to Martian rocks.
FAULTY ELECTRONICS DELAY Titan LAUNCH
Although a Titan 2 carrying a Defense Meteorological satellite Program (DMSP)
satellite was originally scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base
in late October, Air Force officials have decided to push the launch back
to December due to faulty electronics.
POSSIBLE DISCOVERY OF 10TH PLANET
Recent research gathered teams of scientists in the US and England hints
that a large object, nearly a half light-year away, could be a 10th
planet orbiting the sun. The scientists believe that giant planet, or
possibly a brown dwarf, disrupts the orbit of comets as it slowly
orbits the sun. It's impossible to see the object visually with
SHUTTLE LAUNCH DELAYED AGAIN
The launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery to repair the failing Hubble
Space telescope has been delayed until December 2nd. This will give
teams ample time to repair the shuttle's damaged wires and valves.
Endeavour's next launch has been delayed until January.
LEADER NAMED TO INVESTIGATE CLIMATE ORBITER MISHAP
Arthur G. Stephenson, director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
has been appointed to the head of a committee investigating the loss
of the Mars Climate Orbiter two weeks ago. Their initial findings are
due November 3rd.
RECALCULATIONS DOWNGRADE asteroid THREAT
Further calculations of asteroid RM45 have downgraded the possibility
that it will hit the planet in 2042 or 2050 to almost zero. The object
was discovered on September 14th and had almost no chance of striking
the Earth, but the discovery team performed additional observations and
determined that it will miss the Earth by a wide margin.
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