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- Mir in Free Drift Mode

- France Withdraws Support for Vega Small satellite Launcher

- Second meteorite Found to Contain Water

- Japanese Prove Remote Robot Arm Technology

MIR IN FREE DRIFT MODE

Without a crew on board, the Mir onboard computer has placed the

spacestation into "free drift" mode, to help conserve power. The

newly installed computer program keeps Mir's solar panels pointed

at the Sun so its batteries will remain charged. On Earth, Russian

space officials continue to decide the station's fate.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_440000/440916.stm

FRANCE WITHDRAWS SUPPORT FOR VEGA SMALL satellite LAUNCHER

Although it has been concerned about the program since its inception,

the French government has officially announced that it is pulling out

of the European Space Agency's Vega small satellite rocket - designed

to launch satellites weighing less than one tonne. The first Vega was

originally scheduled to launch from Kourou in 2002.

http://cnn.com/TECH/space/9909/07/space.france.vega.reut/index.html

SECOND meteorite FOUND TO CONTAIN WATER

After the recent discovery of water in a Texan meteorite, NASA

researchers have discovered water-containing salt crystals in a

Moroccan meteorite that fell in August 1998. The scientists believe

that water in this format could be very common in space.

http://cnn.com/TECH/space/9909/07/space.water.ap/index.html

http://www.flatoday.com/space/today/090899f.htm

JAPANESE PROVE REMOTE ROBOT ARM TECHNOLOGY

The Japanese Engineering Test satellite (ETS) 7 spacecraft

successfully demonstrated that it could capture another spacecraft

using its robot-controlled space arm. The spacecraft closed to

within 20 centimetres from its target, and then attached itself

automatically using its arm.

http://www.spaceviews.com/1999/09/07c.html



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