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- 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.

http://www.astronomynow.com/breaking/990429ikonos/index.html

http://www.msnbc.com/news/263317.asp

http://www.spaceviews.com/1999/04/28b.html

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.

http://cnn.com/NATURE/9904/30/weather.tracker.enn/index.html

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

near misses).

http://explorezone.com/archives/99_04/29_galaxy_collide.htm

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.

http://www.spaceviews.com/1999/04/30b.html

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.

http://abcnews.go.com/sections/science/DailyNews/marsmagnetic990429.html

http://www.astronomynow.com/breaking/990430mars/index.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_331000/331535.stm

http://cnn.com/TECH/space/9904/29/mars.tectonics/index.html

http://exn.ca/Space/SpacePage.cfm?ID=19990430-56&Type=News

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/042999/mars.sml

http://www.msnbc.com/news/261091.asp

http://www.chron.com/content/interactive/space/astronomy/news/1999/solarsys/990429.html

http://www.spaceviews.com/1999/05/01a.html

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.

http://abcnews.go.com/sections/science/DailyNews/shuttlecockpit990430.html

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/043099/shuttle.sml

http://www.msnbc.com/news/264485.asp

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.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/americas/newsid_332000/332935.stm

http://cnn.com/TECH/space/9904/30/rocket.launch.02.reut/index.html

http://www.msnbc.com/news/264408.asp

http://www.flatoday.com/space/today/050199b.htm

http://www.spacer.com/spacecast/news/milstar-99b.html

http://www.spaceviews.com/1999/04/30c.html

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.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_332000/332714.stm

http://cnn.com/TECH/space/9904/30/x.34/index.html

http://www.msnbc.com/news/264377.asp



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