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- Mir May Suffer from Launch Ban
- NASA Approves New Comet Mission
- X-38 Tests Continue
- Astronaut Dies in Motorcycle Crash
- Nixon was Prepared for Grim Moon landing Speech
- Mir Leaking Air
- Another Successful Launch for Globalstar
MIR MAY SUFFER FROM LAUNCH BAN
Mir cosmonauts may have to return home early if the launch ban at the
Baikonur Cosmodrome isn't lifted. A Progress supply ship was originally
scheduled to link with Mir and resupply the spacestation, but the recent
launch ban due to a Russian satellite crash may place the entire
mission in jeopardy.
NASA APPROVES NEW Comet MISSION
Named Deep Impact, a new NASA spacecraft will meet with Comet Tempel 1
in July, 2005. Once the probe catches up with the comet, it will fire a
1,100-pound copper bullet at the nucleus, blasting out an enormous crater.
It will then close within 300 miles of the surface to survey the damage.
X-38 TESTS CONTINUE
The International Space Station's X-38 Crew Return Vehicle prototype
was tested again at the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards,
California. Designed to ensure the crew of the ISS can safely return
to Earth in case of an emergency, the X-38 was test-dropped from an
altitude of 31,500 feet. More tests from higher altitudes are planned.
ASTRONAUT DIES IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH
Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr., the third person to walk on the surface of
the moon, was killed in a motorcycle accident on Thursday. He was riding
with his friends when he crashed going around a turn, and died later
in the hospital.
NIXON WAS PREPARED FOR GRIM Moon landing SPEECH
Almost 30 years ago, the Apollo Moon landing was a complete success,
but Nixon was ready with an alternate speech in case astronauts Neil
Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin never made it from the surface. After a
courtesy call to the astronauts' wives, the speech was to be
delivered to the American public.
MIR LEAKING AIR
Cosmonauts on board Mir have realized that their island in space is
starting to lose its atmosphere. Air pressure on the spacestation has
been steadily dropping, and so far the crew has been unable to find
the source of the leak. Russian space officials say that the station
has adequate air, and the crew is in no danger.
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH FOR GLOBALSTAR
The latest batch of Globalstar satellites have made it to orbit,
bringing the communications consortium's total to 28 satellites.
This latest group was launched on board a Boeing Delta II rocket
after a two-day delay due to high wind.
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