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Spacecraft Could Harness Solar Winds to Leave Solar System.
- NASA Working on New Constellation of Probes
- spacecraft Could Harness Solar Winds to Leave Solar System
- Shuttle Mission Considered to Rescue Wayward Satellite
- New brown dwarf Discovered
NASA WORKING ON NEW CONSTELLATION OF PROBES
NASA engineers are developing a new series of spaceprobes, each the
size of a birthday cake. The fifth in NASA's New Millennium program,
the spacecraft are designed to launch as a bundle, and then separate
and fly in formation gathering scientific data. An initial launch of
three satellites is planned, but a future bundle of 100 is in the
works for a launch in 2010.
SPACECRAFT COULD HARNESS SOLAR WINDS TO LEAVE SOLAR SYSTEM
Thanks to a $500,000 grant from NASA, researchers at the University of
Washington are developing a new propulsion system called M2P2 (Mini-
Magnetospheric plasma Propulsion), which would allow spacecraft to travel
almost 300,000 kph. The theory is based on creating an electromagnetic
field around a spacecraft, which would interact with the solar wind,
accelerating it away from the sun.
SHUTTLE MISSION CONSIDERED TO RESCUE WAYWARD SATELLITE
NASA is considering a shuttle mission to rescue the stranded Orion 3
telecommunications satellite. Launched into a useless orbit in May,
Orion 3 is still completely functional, and could be relocated into
a higher orbit by attaching a new rocket motor. Shuttle launches cost
$450 million, however, and NASA is considering the overall cost-benefit
of such a rescue.
NEW brown dwarf DISCOVERED
Astronomers using the European Southern Observatory's New Technology
Telescope (NTT) have discovered a faint brown dwarf - named NTTDF
J1205-0744. The object is the faintest and most distant brown dwarf
ever discovered, and it walks a very fine line between star and planet,
with a surface temperature of only 700 degrees celsius.
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