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Don't Blink In Deep Space
Dundee scientists Promote Robot Exploration
Are Life's Diamonds That Rare
Politicans Celebrate Lunar Landing With Space Science Cuts
- Prospector Could be Disabled by Eclipse
- Fuel Leak Endangered Shuttle Launch
- Latest Launch Helps Globalstar Become Operational
- Deep Space 1 Prepares for asteroid Pass
- Safe Landing for Space Shuttle Columbia
- NASA Could Suffer Drastic Budget Cuts
- NASA Considers Future of Space Travel
- Study Reveals Less asteroids Than Previously Thought
PROSPECTOR COULD BE DISABLED BY ECLIPSE
Final plans for the Lunar Prospector spacecraft may run into a little
snag. NASA was planning on smashing the probe into the Moon in search
of ice; however, there's a possibility the upcoming eclipse may damage
the spacecraft. It will spend 3 days flying into and out of the Earth's
shadow, and this may damage sensitive electronics on the probe - which
is already near the end of its life.
FUEL LEAK ENDANGERED SHUTTLE LAUNCH
Although it successfully made it into orbit, the Space Shuttle Columbia
developed a fuel leak shortly after launch. A previously unreleased video
shows a streak of ignited fuel developing from one of the shuttle's main
engines. If the leak had progressed any further, it could have cause an
emergency landing of the shuttle.
LATEST LAUNCH HELPS GLOBALSTAR BECOME OPERATIONAL
The latest Globalstar launch on a Delta 2 put another 4 telecommunications
satellites into orbit, and bringing the total number to 32. This is an
important milestone for the company as it's the minimum number of
satellites needed for the system to offer global telephone service
to its customers. Globalstar still plans to launch another 16
"birds" by the end of the year.
DEEP SPACE 1 PREPARES FOR asteroid PASS
Launched nine months ago, Deep Space 1 is being prepared for a flyby
of asteroid 1999 KD - renamed to asteroid Braille. The spacecraft will
fly within 9 miles of the asteroid, taking images, and sending them
back to Earth.
SAFE LANDING FOR Space Shuttle COLUMBIA
After an extremely short mission to deploy the Chandra X-Ray observatory,
the Space Shuttle Columbia returned safely to Earth piloted by Eileen
Collins - the first woman ever to land a shuttle. Columbia had been
in space for five days.
NASA COULD SUFFER DRASTIC BUDGET CUTS
A House subcommittee has approved a 10% cut of NASA's annual budget.
If this goes through, Administrator Daniel Goldin suggests it will
result in mass layoffs, the closure of 2-3 centers, and delay the
deployment of the space station.
NASA CONSIDERS FUTURE OF SPACE TRAVEL
Robert Frisbee, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is working on
future generations of spacecraft that will help cross interstellar
space, including such exotic technologies as antimatter, fusion
STUDY REVEALS LESS asteroids THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT
At a recent press conference, NASA's David Rabinowitz said that
revised estimates of NEOs (Near Earth Objects) are 50% less than
previously thought - with only 500 to 1,000 objects. However, he
also went on to mention that we're due for a damaging collision
within the next century.
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