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AirForce Confident About US Launch Capability
- Chandra Loaded Onto Columbia
- NASA Prepares Nanorover for asteroid Mission
- Possible planet is Probably Just a Star
- scientists Search for Clues in Tunguska
CHANDRA LOADED ONTO COLUMBIA
The Chandra X-Ray Observatory was loaded onto the Space Shuttle
Columbia on Sunday, in preparation for its July 20th launch. Costing
over $2.5 billion, NASA will be watching the launch carefully, as
the observatory uses the same upper stage booster that caused at
least one Air Force launch failure.
NASA PREPARES NANOROVER FOR asteroid MISSION
Similar to the Mars Pathfinder rover, but only the size of a
paperback novel, the MUSES rover is designed for an upcoming
Japanese asteroid encounter mission. The rover will hop around
in the asteroid's weak gravity, automatically righting itself
if it falls upside down.
POSSIBLE planet IS PROBABLY JUST A STAR
When it was first discovered last year, Astronomers thought they
might have their first visual glimpse of a planet orbiting another
star system. Further data indicates, however, that the object,
called TMR-1C, is probably just another, dimmer star.
SCIENTISTS SEARCH FOR CLUES IN TUNGUSKA
Something struck central Siberia in 1908 with the force of 1,000
Hiroshima nuclear bombs. It leveled 2,200 square kilometers of
forest, and the explosion was visible hundreds of kilometers away.
There are still many mysteries about what actually happened there
almost 100 years ago, and a group of scientists are now
attempting to unlock its secrets.