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Palomar Observatory Searches for Asteroids.
- QuikScat Successfully Deploys
- Cosmonaut Spends Longest time in Space
- Palomar Observatory Searches for Asteroids
QUIKSCAT SUCCESSFULLY DEPLOYS
NASA's QuikScat weather satellite has successful reached its
initial elliptical orbit of 800km above the Earth's surface,
and deployed its solar panels. The satellite will fire its
thrusters another 25 times to perfect its final orbit, and
begin its mission a month from now.
COSMONAUT SPENDS LONGEST time IN SPACE
Russian cosmonaut Sergei Avdeyev has spent more time in space
than anyone else - currently 681 days over 6 missions. With Mir
due to be destroyed later this year, it's unlikely his record
will be broken any time soon.
PALOMAR OBSERVATORY SEARCHES FOR ASTEROIDS
A 1.2 meter Oschin telescope at Palomar Observatory is being
upgraded to help the search for near-Earth asteroids. The
upgrade will cost $500,000 and will involve the installation
of an electronic camera capable of detecting asteroids.
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