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- High-Resolution satellite to Launch

- Mir's Staying Up, Service Module Complete

- Spaceports Looking for Construction Locations

- Japanese Space Station Module Named

HIGH-RESOLUTION satellite TO LAUNCH

The first commercial high-resolution imaging satellite it due to launch

tomorrow. Launching on a Lockheed Martin Athena II four-stage booster,

the IKONOS will be capable of resolving images down to 1 square meter.

With its polar orbit, the IKONOS will revisit the same territory

every 3 days.

http://www.astronomynow.com/breaking/990427ikonos/index.html

http://www.spacer.com/spacecast/news/lm-99g.html

MIR'S STAYING UP, SERVICE MODULE COMPLETE

Following its announcement of raising Mir's orbit, and synched up with the

completion of the International Space Station service module, Russian officials

have confirmed that the space station will stay in space. Work on the ISS has

been delayed 18 months due to Russian financial difficulties.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_328000/328770.stm

http://cnn.com/TECH/space/9904/26/iss.rollout.reut/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/042699/iss.sml

http://www.msnbc.com/news/257772.asp

http://www.chron.com/content/interactive/space/station/stories/1999/990426.html

SPACEPORTS LOOKING FOR CONSTRUCTION LOCATIONS

Entrepreneurs are vying for a chance to build the commercial hub for

the next century - a spaceport. With over 1,700 satellites planned for

launch in the next 10 years, developers are eyeing many US sites for

future spaceports.

http://cnn.com/TECH/space/9904/26/spaceport.race.ap/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/042699/spaceport.sml

http://www.msnbc.com/news/262939.asp

JAPANESE SPACE STATION MODULE NAMED

The Japan National Space Development Agency has found a name for its

addition to the International Space Station. Previously the Japanese

Experiment Module (JEM), it has been renamed to "Kibo", the Japanese

word for "Hope".

http://www.spaceviews.com/1999/04/25b.html



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