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Europa Probably Doesn't Have Life.
- Europa Probably Doesn't Have Life
- Discovery Leaves Space Station
- Columbia Prepared for Chandra Launch
- Lunar Prospector's Deliberate Crash Planned
EUROPA PROBABLY DOESN'T HAVE LIFE
Although it's been speculated that Jupiter's Moon Europa could sustain life,
new evidence casts suspicion on the possibility. This is due to the fact that
the planet is most likely covered by a 6 mile thick ice sheet which would
smother all light that could reach the oceans beneath.
DISCOVERY LEAVES SPACE STATION
After three days loading cargo onto the International Space Station, the
Space Shuttle Discovery completed its mission and disengaged from the station.
The crew unloaded 3.5 tons of cargo onto the new station, which won't see
permanent residents until the Russian crew module launches later this year.
COLUMBIA PREPARED FOR CHANDRA LAUNCH
As Discovery prepares for landing, Space Shuttle Columbia is readied for
its launch this summer - beginning with the attachment of the fuel tank and
boosters. The main purpose of this mission is to launch the Chandra X-ray
Telescope. The shuttle launch is planned for August 8th, but is hoping it
can get an earlier date depending on launch facility availability.
LUNAR PROSPECTOR'S DELIBERATE CRASH PLANNED
NASA officials have confirmed that the Lunar Prospector, currently circling
the moon, will be crash-landed in the hopes of discovering water on the lunar
surface. Weighing as much as a car, and travelling at 1,100 mph, they hope by
colliding the spacecraft into the moon, it will kick as much as 40 pounds
of water vapour into space - detectable by Earth instruments.
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