Space News from SpaceDaily.com for today
Space Truck Will Automate ISS Resupply
Endeavour To Map Earth In 3D
TecStar Claims 27% Solar Efficiency
- Progress May Launch to Mir After All
- Russia Considered Launching Nuclear Bomb at Moon
- asteroid Threat Reduced to Zero
- New Space Station Supply Vessel in Development
PROGRESS MAY LAUNCH TO MIR AFTER ALL
Kazakhstan officials are considering allowing a Progress supply
shuttle to reach the beleaguered Mir spacestation. They had originally
cancelled all flights from the Baikonur cosmodrome due to a satellite
crash, but appeals from the Russian government have caused them to
reconsider their position. These supplies are need to keep Mir from
reentering orbit uncontrollably.
RUSSIA CONSIDERED LAUNCHING NUCLEAR BOMB AT MOON
Once it was clear they were going to lose the space race, Russian
officials considered launching a nuclear missile at the moon, to
allow scientists around the world to photograph it. As the 30th
anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing approaches, new insights
into the Russian side of the race are made available to the public.
ASTEROID THREAT REDUCED TO ZERO
Although initial calculations showed a slight possibility that asteroid
1999 AN10 could crash into the Earth in 2028, this chance has now been
reduced to zero. These recalculations come thanks to previously unknown
44-year old photographs of the asteroid, giving Astronomers more
information to calculate the asteroid's trajectory.
NEW SPACE STATION SUPPLY VESSEL IN DEVELOPMENT
DaimlerCrysler Aerospace and French aerospace company Aerospatiale
Matra Lanceurs have signed a contract to develop a supply vessel for
the International Space Station. Designed to transfer supplies to the
station, and to remove trash, the Automated Transfer Vessel (ATV)
will be built by 2003.