- NASA Announces New Astrobiology Group
- Bad Weather May Delay Shuttle Launch
- Deep Space 1 Tests Interrupted
- NASA Budget Approved... Almost
- New Moon Discovered for Uranus
- TERRIERS satellite Runs Out of Juice
- Hubble Catches Giant Storm on Mars
- asteroid 1999 AN10 will Come Very Close in 2027
NASA ANNOUNCES NEW Astrobiology GROUP
NASA has set up a new Astrobiology institute to assist in
the search for exterrestrial life. They're not necessarily looking
for space aliens, just any form of life off our planet - even
single celled organisms would be well worth the effort.
BAD WEATHER MAY DELAY SHUTTLE LAUNCH
Space Shuttle Discovery may remain on the pad, and miss its current
launch window because of poor weather. Originally scheduled for
launch on Thursday, the Shuttle was already pelted by a severe
hailstorm, and had to be repaired. This will be the first Shuttle
launch in over 5 months.
DEEP SPACE 1 TESTS INTERRUPTED
Software anomalies unexpectedly interrupted tests of Deep
Space 1's automated capabilities. Although NASA engineers
consider the tests to be largely successful, they plan to
conduct more to complete the experiment.
NASA BUDGET APPROVED... ALMOST
The US House of Representatives has approved NASA's three-year
operating budget with a couple of exceptions: the TransHab module,
and Vice President Al Gore's Triana Space probe - both of which
were denied funding by the House.
NEW Moon DISCOVERED FOR URANUS
While examining old photographs from Voyager, an Astronomer has
discovered a new Moon orbiting Uranus. Only 25 miles across, the
moon, currently has the boring name of 1986 U10, but it will soon
be given a Shakespearean character name - a tradition for Uranus' moons.
TERRIERS satellite RUNS OUT OF JUICE
The student-built TERRIERS satellite has drained its battery since
it was launched on Tuesday. This is because the satellite wasn't able
to orient its solar panels in the direction of the Sun to recharge.
Engineers are attempting to recover it before declaring the launch
HUBBLE CATCHES GIANT STORM ON MARS
The Hubble Space Telescope has recently captured images of a giant
storm raging across the surface of Mars. Over 1,000 miles across,
the storm is surprisingly Earthlike, in composition, unlike the dust
storms discovered by the Viking orbiter over 20 years ago.
ASTEROID 1999 AN10 WILL COME VERY CLOSE IN 2027
Although it was recently announced that asteroid 1999 AN10 may strike
the Earth in 2039, Astronomers have been calculating and recalculating
its trajectory. Recent data suggests that 1999 AN10 will streak past
the Earth as close as 38,000 miles in 2027, but it's still unclear if
gravitational effect of the Earth will cause the later impact.