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Why Isn't the Universe Anti-Matter?
Due to technical problems, there hasn't been an update of universe Today
until now, so this is another double-sized issue. We should have all the
issues wrapped up by the end of the week, and then it'll be back to the
normal schedule. Thanks for you patience.
Now, onto the news...
- Another asteroid belt Could be Close
- Lockheed Martin Orders Inquiry into Launch Failures
- Why Isn't the universe Anti-Matter?
- All US Rockets Grounded
- Children Will Pilot Rover on Mars
- Pink black holes Discovered
- Controllers Attempting to Recover Orion 3
- Russian Service Module Gets a New Name
ANOTHER asteroid belt COULD BE CLOSE
British Astronomers feel that there's a possibility that there's
another asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Earth. Possibly
ejected from the more stable belt between Mars and Jupiter, these
could pose a significant threat to our planet.
LOCKHEED MARTIN ORDERS INQUIRY INTO LAUNCH FAILURES
Hot on the heels of the official US Air Force investigation into the
recent rash of launch failures, Lockheed CEO Peter Teets has ordered
wide-ranging review of the company's launch programs. The names of
dozen members of the investigation group will be announced next week.
WHY ISN'T THE universe ANTI-MATTER?
Scientists around the world are planning a group of experiments to
better determine the nature of anti-matter. Particle accelerators in
California, Chicago, and Japan will each perform experiments to
investigate the key differences between matter and anti-matter,
which could answer why the universe is mostly made of matter,
and not the reverse.
ALL US ROCKETS GROUNDED
After a terrible string of launch failures - six failures in nine
months - the US space industry has undertaken a detailed investigation
to learn what could be causing the problems. The failures have cost US
taxpayers billions of dollars. No further launches will happen until the
investigations are complete.
CHILDREN WILL PILOT ROVER ON MARS
Mars Surveyor 2001 will contain a rover piloted by a group of children on
Earth. Over 100 children will be selected for this project, some of whom
will be able to pilot the rover, and others who'll design micro-experiments
attached to the outside of the rover.
PINK black holes DISCOVERED
Australian Astronomers have discovered a strange category of black holes
which appear pink in telescopes. What's causing this pink glow is unknown,
but the Astronomers suspect it has something to do with the violent effect
black holes have on nearby stars as they suck streams of gas away.
CONTROLLERS ATTEMPTING TO RECOVER ORION 3
Stuck in the wrong orbit, Orion 3 is next to useless, and may re-enter the
atmosphere and burn up. Ground controllers are attempting to raise the satellite,
and put it into a stable (although still useless) orbit. Investigations also
continue to determine why the launch failed.
RUSSIAN SERVICE MODULE GETS A NEW NAME
The Russian Service Module for the International Space Station was recently
renamed to Zvezda, which is Russian for "star". This follows the tradition of
colorful names for all the ISS modules, and so Zvezda joins renamed Unity,
Zarya, and Kibo.
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