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Linear Aerospike Engine Ready For Testing

http://www.spacedaily.com/spacecast/news/rlv-99s.html

Range Modernization Reduces Launch Costs

http://www.spacedaily.com/spacecast/news/launchers-99o.html

Wide Area Augmentation System Passes Final Testing Milestone

http://www.spacedaily.com/spacecast/news/waas-99a.html

Iridium Dials Wrong Numbers

http://www.spacedaily.com/spacecast/news/iridium-99g.html

Sandia and General Atomics Develop New Synthetic-Aperture Radar

http://www.spacedaily.com/spacecast/news/radar-99c.html

Space Key To Precision Missions and National Missile Defense

http://www.spacedaily.com/spacecast/news/milspace-99f.html

- Polar Lander Fine-Tunes Flight Path

- black hole Collision Modeled

- As Solar Maximum Approaches, Expect Disruption

- Australian Fossil Aids Search for Martian Life

- Cassini Captures Moon Images as It Passes Earth

- Extrasolar Starquakes Discovered

- 64 Cases of Wiring Failure

- Hubble Captures Galaxy Quartet

- Jupiter's moons Gather Significant Dust

- Korean satellite Launches

- Prospector Crash Didn't Create a Dust Cloud

POLAR LANDER FINE-TUNES FLIGHT PATH

The Mars Polar Lander fired its manoeuvring engines for 30 seconds

to make a minor flight correction on its way to the Red Planet. The

lander increased its velocity by 2.3 meters per second, and will

actually arrive an hour earlier than planned at Mars' South Pole

on December 3rd.

http://www.astronomynow.com/breaking/9909/01mpl/index.html

http://www.spaceviews.com/1999/09/01b.html

BLACK HOLE COLLISION MODELED

Physicists at the Albert Einstein Institute are working on a computer

simulation of what would happen in the grazing collision of two black

holes. They hope to use the simulation to predict the kinds of

gravitational waves they should detect when such a collision actually happens.

http://www.spacedaily.com/spacecast/news/gravity-99a.html

AS SOLAR MAXIMUM APPROACHES, EXPECT DISRUPTION

Solar activity follows a predictable 11-year cycle, and the next peak

will happen in mid-2000 and last for a year or two. With more satellites

in orbit than ever before, researchers are concerned that the constant

stream of solar ejecta will interfere with their sensitive instruments.

http://cnn.com/TECH/space/9909/01/solar.flares/index.html

http://explorezone.com/archives/99_09/01_solar_activity.htm

AUSTRALIAN FOSSIL AIDS SEARCH FOR MARTIAN LIFE

Chemical traces of fossilized bacteria over 3.46 billion years old

have been found in rocks from Australia. Researchers hope to use

these remnants as a way to research the possible evolution of life on

Mars by comparing the structure of the fossils to those found in the

meteor that supposedly contains fossils of Martian life.

http://cnn.com/TECH/space/9909/03/space.fossil/index.html

http://explorezone.com/archives/99_09/02_ns_mars.htm

http://www.msnbc.com/news/308087.asp

CASSINI CAPTURES Moon IMAGES AS IT PASSES EARTH

During its flyby of the Earth, NASA had an opportunity to test

Cassini's imaging system - they pointed it at the Moon and captured

a detailed series of images. Cassini was approximately 80 minutes

away from its flyby, and 377,000 kilometres away from the Moon when

it took the pictures.

http://www.astronomynow.com/breaking/9909/02cassini/index.html

http://explorezone.com/archives/99_09/02_cassini_moon.htm

http://www.spaceviews.com/1999/09/04c.html

EXTRASOLAR STARQUAKES DISCOVERED

Declared a launch failure when its cooling Hydrogen leaked, the

Wide-Field Infrared Explorer (WIRE) satellite has found a new

lease on life. Using its secondary telescope Astronomer Dr. Derek

Buzasi has discovered the first starquakes on a star other than

the sun.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_436000/436479.stm

64 CASES OF WIRING FAILURE

NASA technicians inspecting the Space Shuttle fleet have found

a tremendous number of wire defects on all of the shuttles. 38 have

been found on the Endeavour and 26 on the Discovery. The inspectors

have 100 miles of wiring to explore on the fleet. Their next

launches have been delayed until the repairs are complete.

http://cnn.com/TECH/space/9909/03/shuttle.repairs/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/090599/shuttles.sml

http://www.msnbc.com/news/299583.asp

http://www.spaceviews.com/1999/09/04b.html

HUBBLE CAPTURES Galaxy QUARTET

Using the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, the Hubble Space

Telescope recently captured striking images of a quartet of

galaxies known as the Hickson Compact Group 87. The Galaxies

orbit one another, over a timespan that takes hundreds of

millions of years.

http://www.astronomynow.com/breaking/9909/02hubble/index.html

http://www.msnbc.com/news/284079.asp

JUPITER'S MOONS GATHER SIGNIFICANT DUST

During close flybys of the various Jovian moons, the Galileo spacecraft

picked up increased levels of microscopic particles of dust crashing

into its ionisation dust detector. The velocity of the dust is low,

eading researchers to believe they originate from the moons

themselves - a constant hail of dust impacting the surface and

being ejected back into space.

http://www.astronomynow.com/breaking/9909/04galileo/index.html

KOREAN satellite LAUNCHES

A Korean Koreasat 3 telecommunications satellite was launched on board

an Ariane 42P rocket from the European launch site at Kourou in French

Guiana. The launch was delayed one day because of a minor technical glitch

which was resolved in time for a smooth lift-off Sunday.

http://www.astronomynow.com/breaking/9909/05arianev120/index.html

http://www.spacedaily.com/spacecast/news/ariane-99l.html

http://www.spaceviews.com/1999/09/04a.html

PROSPECTOR CRASH DIDN'T CREATE A DUST CLOUD

After first proposing a crash-landing of the Lunar Prospector spacecraft

into the Moon's South pole in search of water, professor David Goldstein

from the University of Texas announced that no dust cloud had been created.

This lack of dust doesn't completely rule out the search for water after

the explosion, however.

http://www.spaceviews.com/1999/09/05b.html



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