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Original Subject: Universe Today #538 - February 4, 2002
Original Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2002 21:04:50 -0800
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February 4, 2002 - Issue #538
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-- UNIVERSE TODAY STORY SUMMARY --
* ESO Releases New Images of Saturn and Io
* Spacecraft Image Volcano Disaster From Orbit
* Computer Glitch Troubles Station
* Second Launch of H-2A Successful
ESO RELEASES NEW IMAGES OF SATURN AND IO
The European Southern Observatory released stunning new images
of the planet Saturn and its moon Io on Friday - the sharpest
ever taken by a ground observatory. The photographs were taken
using the ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Obse
ervatory in Chile, which rivals the Hubble Space Telescope in
image clarity. This is an almost perfect view of Saturn, taken
when the planet's rings were tilted towards the Earth.
SPACECRAFT IMAGE VOLCANO DISASTER FROM ORBIT
Three NASA spacecraft chronicled the devastation that occurred
when the Nyiragongo volcano in Congo erupted on January 17th.
The eruption killed more than 100 people and forced hundreds of
thousands to evacuate the area. These newly released images
were created using data taken from a space shuttle radar
mapping mission, Landsat photographs, and the Terra spacecraft.
COMPUTER GLITCH TROUBLES STATION
The crew of the International Space Station scrambled to restore
power this morning when a computer on a Russian module of the
station stopped working. The computer glitch knocked out the
station's guidance system and prevented its solar wings from
pointing at the Sun to generate power. NASA officials said that
the crew was in no danger, but lost several hours from their
packed work schedule.
SECOND LAUNCH OF H-2A SUCCESSFUL
The Japanese Space Agency (NASDA) celebrated the second launch
of its next generation rocket, the H-2A, on Monday from the
Tanegashima Space Center. Although the liftoff went smoothly at
0245 GMT (9:45 EST Sunday), ground control lost contact with one
of the mission's payloads - the DASH probe designed to test an
atmospheric re- entry system. The rocket was originally expected
to launch on Friday, but was held back because of weather problems.
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