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Budget Cuts Could Affect Future NASA Missions.
- FUSE Readied for Launch
- Oldest Known Galaxy Found
- QuikScat Weather satellite Launched
- Budget Cuts Could Affect Future NASA Missions
FUSE READIED FOR LAUNCH
Next week will finally bring the launch of NASA's Far Ultraviolet
Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) spacecraft on a Boeing Delta II rocket.
FUSE will search the universe for Hydrogen and deuterium, and
hopefully answer a few questions about the Big Bang.
OLDEST KNOWN Galaxy FOUND
Thanks to the 400-inch Keck Observatory in Hawaii, Astronomers have
found the farthest known Galaxy - over 11 billion light years away,
and thought to contain an enormous black hole. It's expected that
even further objects will be discovered by the newly completed, and
more powerful, Gemini telescopes.
QUIKSCAT WEATHER satellite LAUNCHED
Launched from Vandenberg Air Force base on a Titan II rocket, NASA's
QuikScat weather satellite is on its way to a final altitude of 800
kilometers above the Earth. The purpose of the satellite is to map
ocean wind speed and direction.
BUDGET CUTS COULD AFFECT FUTURE NASA MISSIONS
NASA's 2000 budget could be cut by up to $1 billion, potentially
putting two missions in jeopardy. Space Technology 4 (ST4)
"Champollion" and the Mars Surveyor 2001 Lander would be abandoned
if the proposed budget cuts are approved by the House of Congress.
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