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- FUSE to Launch
- scientists to Study Far Side of the Sun
- SETI@home Surpasses All Expectations
SURVEYOR LANDING SPOT TO BE SELECTED
A group of planetary geologists are meeting at a conference in
Buffalo to determine suitable landing locations for the Mars
Surveyor 2001 Lander, which will test technologies designed
to support human life.
HUBBLE'S DAMAGE WORSENING
The Hubble Space Telescope is on its last legs, with only three
functioning gyros (down from six), which it requires to change
its direction. Although it can still operate with only three, NASA
believes there's a 50% chance any one of the remaining gyros will
fail this year. A shuttle repair mission is planned for
later this year.
LEONIDS MAY PUT ON A SHOW
Experts believe that this year's Leonid meteor shower may be
one of the most spectacular. Scheduled to reach their peak
around November 17th, the Leonids are caused when the Earth
passes through the tail of Comet Tempel-Tuttle. It's may be
possible that the shower will reach a full-fledged storm, with
thousands of meteors visible per hour.
CASSINI GETS A BOOST FROM VENUS
Although it's bound for Saturn, Cassini will pass within 1,600
kilometers of Venus' surface today to receive a powerful
gravity boost of its velocity. After this, it will perform
a close pass of Earth, skimming the planet only 800 kilometers.
The spacecraft's nuclear powerplant has activists concerned.
FUSE TO LAUNCH
With the final preparations complete, NASA's Far Ultraviolet
Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) is ready for its launch on
board a Boeing Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral. FUSE
will search for the "fossil records" of the Big Bang and
uncover secrets about the origin of the universe.
SCIENTISTS TO STUDY FAR SIDE OF THE SUN
The European Space Agency announced that it will be using its
SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) spacecraft to monitor
the far side of the sun. Although the spacecraft doesn't view
the far side directly, it can detect strong ultraviolet emissions
from active regions of the sun, and provide warnings for
increased solar activity.
SETI@HOME SURPASSES ALL EXPECTATIONS
Only a month old, the SETI@home software has signed up 660,000
volunteers. Together they've contributed over 15,000 years of
computing time to the project, making this the largest distributed
computing experiment in history.
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