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Next Mars Landers May Walk Instead of Roll.
- Gemini Continues to Impress
- Next Mars Landers May Walk Instead of Roll
- Cassini gravity Boosted by Venus
- Mir May be Saved by a Movie
GEMINI CONTINUES TO IMPRESS
The Gemini North telescope has lived up to the high expectations
of its builders. New images unveiled at a recent ceremony in Hawaii
displayed the telescope's amazing resolution power. Gemini South is
currently being constructed in Chile.
NEXT MARS LANDERS MAY WALK INSTEAD OF ROLL
Although it was able to provide useful new data, the Mars Pathfinder
Rover was restricted by the fact that it had wheels. A prototype
"walking" robot has been built at the University of Arizona, which
will be able to move across very difficult terrain - they're being
considered for future Mars missions.
CASSINI gravity BOOSTED BY VENUS
Cassini has made its second successful flyby of Venus, and in doing so,
picked up the speed it needs to make the next leg of its journey to
Saturn. Cassini flew within 600 km of the planet, and is now speeding
towards its next encounters: Earth in two months, and then Jupiter
in late 2000.
MIR MAY BE SAVED BY A MOVIE?
Film director Yuri Kara has come up with a unique plan to help save
the doomed Mir spacestation - he plans to shoot a movie on board, called
The Mark of Cassandra. Russian actor Vladimir Steklov has already
started his cosmonaut training.
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