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Original Subject: Universe Today #587 - October 1, 2002
Original Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2002 00:31:29 -0700
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October 1, 2002 - Issue #587
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-- UNIVERSE TODAY STORY SUMMARY --
* Progress Docks with International Space Station
* Atlantis Countdown Begins
* New Camera Will Give a Bird's Eye View of Shuttle Launch
PROGRESS DOCKS WITH INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
After four days in space, a Russian Progress M1-9 docked with the
International Space Station on Sunday afternoon at 1701 GMT (1:01pm EDT).
The unmanned cargo vessel carries 2.6 tons of food, fuel and equipment for
the station. The operation took a little longer than normal because
Russian controllers used the opportunity to test the Kurs automated
docking system employed on the Zvezda module.
ATLANTIS COUNTDOWN BEGINS
The countdown for the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis began over the
weekend, keeping it on track for launch Wednesday morning some time
between 1800 and 2200 GMT. Weather forecasters are calling for a 60%
chance of favourable weather; although, Hurr icane Lili is heading towards
the US coast. Atlantis will dock with the International Space Station, and
the six-astronaut crew will perform three spacewalks to attach the S-1
Truss. This will also be an opportunity for NASA to test out how well they
repaired the tiny cracks recently discovered in the shuttle fleet fuel
NEW CAMERA WILL GIVE A BIRD'S EYE VIEW OF SHUTTLE LAUNCH
NASA is now offering the most innovative new point of view to television
viewers since the Astronaut-Cam. They've attached a camera onto the top of
the space shuttle Atlantis' external fuel tank. The camera points down at
the shuttle orbiter's front and belly as well as one of the solid
booster rockets. The feed from the camera will be broadcast on NASA
television during the launch.
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