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- Iridium Files for Bankruptcy
- NASA Working on Frozen Hydrogen Fuel
- Mir Cosmonauts Watch Eclipse From Space
- China Provides News on its Manned Space Flight Agenda
- stars Often Consume planets Believe Astronomers
- Indonesian satellite Launches
- Endeavor Shuttle Mission Delayed to Search For Faulty Wiring
- Chandra telescope Opened to Space
IRIDIUM FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY
Iridium announced late Friday that it was filing for bankruptcy under
Chapter 11 of the U.S. code. Suffering under an overwhelming debt-load,
and with a fraction of the subscribers they targeted, this announcement
from Iridium came as little surprise.
NASA WORKING ON FROZEN Hydrogen FUEL
NASA researchers are working on a revolutionary new fuel which could lower
launch weight requirements by a factor of 5 - or increase payloads by a
factor of 4. The technology is based on suspending frozen Hydrogen in
liquid helium, and taking advantage of the chemical recombination of atoms
MIR COSMONAUTS WATCH ECLIPSE FROM SPACE
Cosmonauts on board Mir were the first people ever to watch the shadow of
the Moon as it passed across the Earth's surface during Wednesday's
solar eclipse. Russian NTV television broadcast video captured by the
cosmonauts of the historic event.
CHINA PROVIDES NEWS ON ITS MANNED SPACE FLIGHT AGENDA
Chinese officials recently released details about its space program to
the public which described its goals of placing a spacecraft in orbit later
this year, and a manned mission around 2005. China also recently test-fired
the new Dong Feng-31 long-range ballistic missile which US officials believe
was based on stolen technology - allegations denied by China.
STARS OFTEN CONSUME planets BELIEVE ASTRONOMERS
Based on the number of exosolar planets recently discovered, Astronomers
believe there are as many as 100 million sun-like stars in the Galaxy with
close-orbiting planets. And using the Hubble telescope, Mario Livio believes
he can spot the stars that recently consumed their planets.
INDONESIAN satellite LAUNCHES
After several delays, Indonesian satellite TELKOM 1 was successfully lifted
into orbit on board an Ariane-4 rocket, launched from the European Space Agency
facility at Kourou, French Guiana. TELKOM will provide telecommunications for
Indonesia and neighbouring countries.
ENDEAVOR SHUTTLE MISSION DELAYED TO SEARCH FOR FAULTY WIRING
After the wiring accident nearly caused an emergency landing with last month's
Columbia mission, NASA engineers aren't taking any chances with the upcoming
launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavor. Originally planned to launch Sept. 16th,
it's been delayed until early October to allow time to check for the same flaw.
CHANDRA telescope OPENED TO SPACE
After orbital adjustments, and a series of tests, the Chandra X-Ray observatory
is nearly ready to begin operations. The large door at the end of the 40-foot
telescope was opened on Friday - one of the most critical post-launch procedures.
NASA officials expect to begin observations by the end of the month.
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