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Surveyor Finds Magnetic Stripes on Mars.
- IKONOS Never Made it to Orbit
- Weather satellite Preparing for Launch
- New Evidence Shows Galactic Collisions More Common
- Congress Considers Launch Insurance Coverage
- Surveyor Finds Magnetic Stripes on Mars
- New Space Shuttle Cockpit Installed
- Milstar satellite Failure
- NASA Unveils X-34 Space Plane
IKONOS NEVER MADE IT TO ORBIT
Telemetry from the recent launch of the IKONOS 1 space imaging satellite
indicates that it was never placed into orbit, and likely burned up in the
atmosphere, or crashed into the South Pacific Ocean. This is the first
unsuccessful launch of an Athena II rocket since they were first
operational in 1997.
WEATHER satellite PREPARING FOR LAUNCH
The latest Geostationary Operational Environmental satellite (GEOS) is
being prepared for a May 15th launch from Cape Canaveral. Designed to
provide forecasters with advance warning of weather conditions, the satellite
will act as a backup for the two GEOS already in orbit.
NEW EVIDENCE SHOWS GALACTIC COLLISIONS MORE COMMON
A new imaging technique has allowed Astronomers to discover a greater number
of galactic collisions than was previously known. Astronomers believe that
spiral Galaxies with thick bars of stars are formed from these hits (and
CONGRESS CONSIDERS LAUNCH INSURANCE COVERAGE
Commercial launch companies are currently required to pay several hundred
million dollars of insurance in case there's an accident on launch - the
government extends this with an additional $1.5 billion of coverage. Congress
is considering how long to continue this coverage, if at all.
SURVEYOR FINDS MAGNETIC STRIPES ON MARS
Mars Global Surveyor has found formations of magnetic rock on Mars that closely
resemble magnetic streaks on Earth. Although it's now geologically a dead
planet, these formations indicate the Mars could have had plate tectonics
in the past.
NEW Space Shuttle COCKPIT INSTALLED
NASA recently unveiled a completely new Space Shuttle cockpit for Atlantis.
Similar to a Boeing 777, the instrument panels are now LCD display screens
which give the pilots much easier access to the Shuttle's many functions.
MILSTAR satellite FAILURE
Officials announced that the latest Air Force launch has ended in complete
failure. The Defense Department's Milstar satellite, launched on a Titan
Four-B rocket was stranded in a lopsided orbit, 15,000 miles too low. The
$1.2 Billion cost for the satellite and rocket was completely wasted.
NASA UNVEILS X-34 SPACE PLANE
NASA's new X-34 robotic space plane was unveiled on Friday. Designed as a testbed
for new technologies, the X-34 will launch from an airliner and travel 8 times
the speed of sound, and rise to an altitude of 76 kilometers. There are 27
flights planned for the first year of operations.
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