Space News from SpaceDaily.com for today
B-10A Enters Cape Horn Shipping Lanes
Ball To Build Three Bird Telescope
Space Radar Project Faces Funding Cuts
X-34 Set For Extensive Testing
Lander Zeros In For Gentle Southern Landing
- Landing Site Chosen for Upcoming Mars Mission
- Hubble Observes Hourglass-Shaped Nebula
- NASA Considers Inflatable Space Station Module
- meteorite Found to Contain Water
- Chandra Delivers the Goods
- X-33 Behind Schedule
- Last Mir Crew Prepares to Leave
LANDING SITE CHOSEN FOR UPCOMING MARS MISSION
The landing spot for the Mars Polar Lander has been selected to be
a strip of rolling, gentle hills near the planet's South Pole. The
probe will arrive at Mars on December 3rd, parachute down through
the atmosphere and finally land after firing its retrorockets.
HUBBLE OBSERVES HOURGLASS-SHAPED NEBULA
The Hubble Space Telescope has provided extremely clear images of the
Southern Crab Nebula (He2-104). Shaped like an hourglass, Astronomers
believe the nebula was created by a pair of stars orbiting one another,
spreading the nebula into the pattern.
NASA CONSIDERS INFLATABLE SPACE STATION MODULE
NASA is looking for a way to increase the habitable area on the International
Space Station by using an inflatable module called TransHab. In order the build
the module, however, the space agency needs an industry partner who'll do the
work for less than $200 million.
METEORITE FOUND TO CONTAIN WATER
When examining a meteorite found by a group of boys in Texas, scientists
made an amazing discovery - the space rock contained minute particles of
water, believed to be 4.5 billion years old.
CHANDRA DELIVERS THE GOODS
NASA officials unveiled the first images produced by the Chandra X-Ray
observatory at a press conference today - a picture of the Cassiopeia A
supernova remnant, with a possible black hole at the centre. A second
image shows an X-ray jet streaming away from a distant quasar.
X-33 BEHIND SCHEDULE
Lockheed recently announced that its work on the new X-33 Space Shuttle
successor is behind schedule and overbudget. Several problems have
contributed to the delays, including issues with the lightweight fuel
tanks, rocket engines, and heat shield.
LAST MIR CREW PREPARES TO LEAVE
Things are looking more and more dire for the Mir spacestation as its final
crew prepares to return home. The Russian government can no longer afford to
maintain the station and will be forced to let its orbit decay, partially
burning up in the atmosphere.