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- Last Cosmonauts Leave Mir
- Detailed Pictures of asteroid Captured
- pulsar Puzzles Astronomers
- Atlas II Rockets Approved for Launch
- Investigations Discover Wire Damage on All Shuttles
- New Images of Io
- Arianespace Suffers More Delays
LAST COSMONAUTS LEAVE MIR
After 13 years of use, Mir has nearly reached the end of its service.
Russians cosmonauts Viktor Afanasyev and Sergei Avdeyev and Frenchman
Jean-Pierre Haignere exited the station, closed the hatch, and returned
to Earth - they were the last cosmonauts to visit the station. The station
is expected to return to Earth sometime next year.
DETAILED PICTURES OF asteroid CAPTURED
Astronomers working from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory captured the
most detailed images of an asteroid ever. Dubbed 1999 JM8, the object is
3.5 km across, and passed within 8.5 million kilometres of the Earth
earlier this month.
PULSAR PUZZLES ASTRONOMERS
Australian Astronomers have discovered a slow-rotating pulsar
(PSR J2144-3933), with a rotation period of only 8.5 seconds -
several times slower than previously thought possible. It's theorized
that the pulsar has slowed down because of its age; as much as 260
million years old.
ATLAS II ROCKETS APPROVED FOR LAUNCH
After a series of launch accidents and a subsequent investigation,
officials at Lockheed Martin have given the Atlas II launch program
the go ahead to resume. The first launch will be September 10th with
the Echostar V on board an Atlas IIAS.
INVESTIGATIONS DISCOVER WIRE DAMAGE ON ALL SHUTTLES
After the launch of the Space Shuttle Columbia was nearly aborted
because of an electrical shortage, NASA decided to inspect all the
shuttles for similar damage. It was a wise move, as it appears all
of the shuttles have wire damage to some extent - twenty instances
of damage on Endeavor alone. It's expected all upcoming shuttle
launches will be delayed as the damage is repaired.
NEW IMAGES OF IO
Galileo has snapped new images of Io, Jupiter's pockmarked moon,
showing more detail than previously seen. The images, first released
on Friday, were taken by Galileo on July 3 at a range of
about 130,000 km.
ARIANESPACE SUFFERS MORE DELAYS
Two more Ariane 4 launches have been delayed, because of problems
with the satellites that were planned for launch in September.
The delayed launches are for the Korean Koreasat 3 and the
Telstar 7 communication satellites.
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