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Scientists Search for Extreme Life.
- Blanket Could be Blocking Surveyor's Hinge
- Mir Moving to Higher Orbit
- scientists Search for Extreme Life
- May Will Bring Mars Closest in 9 Years
BLANKET COULD BE BLOCKING SURVEYOR'S HINGE
Engineers are trying to determine what's causing the malfunctioning hinge
on the Mars Global Surveyor - the latest suspect is a thermal blanket that
could be restricting the hinge's movement. Whether or not they fix the
problem, Surveyor will start a mapping mission of Mars next week.
MIR MOVING TO HIGHER ORBIT
Plans are being drawn up by Russian space officials to move Mir to a higher
orbit. This indicates Russia's willingness to continue operating the ancient
spacestation, even though NASA is pressuring them to abandon it, and focus
development on the International Space Station.
SCIENTISTS SEARCH FOR EXTREME LIFE
Scientists are travelling to Antarctica to find life living in extreme conditions
around our South Pole - such as creatures that dwell in thermal vents, 4 miles
under the surface of the ocean. The research study is part of the National
Science Foundation's "Life in Extreme Environments" (LExEn) program.
MAY WILL BRING MARS CLOSEST IN 9 YEARS
A rare astronomical event will occur in May - Mars will be the closest it ever
gets, only 52.8 million miles. In addition, the Red planet is in opposition,
which means its face is completely lit up by the Sun. Amateur Astronomers will
be able to see normally obscure features like the polar caps and canyons.
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