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Hubble Glimpses Star Birth.
- Hubble Glimpses star Birth
- China Launches US Satellites
- Japan Delays Moon Mission
- QuikScat Ready for Launch
HUBBLE GLIMPSES star BIRTH
Stellar nurseries are normally obscured by a cloud of dust and
gas, but the recent birth of a star in the Papillon Nebula in the
Large Magellanic Cloud was revealed to the Hubble Space Telescope,
as its birth was particularly violent, and blew off the
CHINA LAUNCHES US SATELLITES
Two additions to the Iridium satellite network were launched on a
Chinese Long March 2C - the 15th consecutive Chinese launch success.
China is contracted to launch 1/3 of Iridium's 66 satellites.
JAPAN DELAYS Moon MISSION
Originally slated for launch later this year, Japanese space officials
have pushed back the launch of the Lunar-A spacecraft for at least
3 years. The spacecraft is designed to orbit the moon, and deploy
penetrator probes into the surface. Upon tests, however, these
probes were found to malfunction when they hit the ground, requiring
the Japanese to redesign the system from scratch.
QUIKSCAT READY FOR LAUNCH
Built in only 12 months, the QuikScat will provide climatologists
and meteorologists with daily pictures of winds above the world's
oceans. The satellite will be launched from Vandenberg Air Force
Base on a Titan II rocked on June 18th.
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