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July 1st, 1999 - Issue #59
Special News from Universe Today
I don't know if you've heard yet, but NASA is planning to cancel the
Champollion ST4 mission - designed to land on a comet. Sad news for
space exploration. The Planetary Society has sent a letter to the
Congressional Committees overseeing the NASA program, and they
recommend you do the same. To read their letter, please visit the
If you want to get involved in the future of space
exploration, here's your chance to make a difference.
Space News from SpaceDaily.com for today
Sol's Motion Around Milky Way Detected
RLV Regulations - Planning for Evolution
Future of Shuttle Conference
Arianespace Backs Ellipso With Launch and Financing
Design Errors Caused WIRE Failure
X-34 Fastrac Engine Tested
Evidence for Life on Mars Remains Weak
-- Story Summary --
* Galileo Begins Encounter with Callisto
* Cosmonaut Proposes Shares of Mir
* X-34 Model Test Successful
* NASA Cancels Champollion
* Images of Mars Captured by Hubble
* Planets Without Stars Could Still Contain Life
* Rock Crystal Could Have Been Oldest Telescope
* China Closes in on Manned Space Flight
GALILEO BEGINS ENCOUNTER WITH CALLISTO
Galileo is about to begin the tenth encounter of its Europa
Mission - a close flyby of Callisto, one of Jupiter's largest
moons. Over the course of the next 4 1/2 days, the spacecraft
will fly within 1047 kilometers of the moon's surface.
COSMONAUT PROPOSES SHARES OF MIR
Prominent cosmonaut Vitaly Sevastyanov has proposed a new way
to save Mir - by selling shares in the space station to other
countries or foreign investors. Outside investors could use the
station to send astronauts or research missions.
X-34 MODEL TEST SUCCESSFUL
A 58 foot model of the futuristic X-34 rocket-plane was tested
Tuesday above NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in California.
The flight was used as a demonstration of many of the technologies
that will be used in future reusable launch vehicles.
NASA CANCELS CHAMPOLLION
Champollion ST4 was designed to land on the surface of a comet
and study its composition, but now it appears the project won't
be going anywhere. Recent project overruns, and emergency repairs
to Hubble have forced NASA to cut the mission from its plans.
The probe would have launched in 2003, and landed in 2005.
IMAGES OF MARS CAPTURED BY HUBBLE
Thanks to Mars' closest approach to the Earth in over 8 years,
the Hubble Space Telescope was able to take a set of detailed
images of the Red Planet. Hubble captured the images when Mars
was only 87 million km away, and was able to resolve details
on the surface on 12 km across.
PLANETS WITHOUT STARS COULD STILL CONTAIN LIFE
Planetary scientist David Stevenson believes that Earth-sized
planets ejected from early solar systems could still contain
life, huddled around volcanic vents similar to our own oceans.
Unfortunately, these planets would be almost impossible to detect.
ROCK CRYSTAL COULD HAVE BEEN OLDEST TELESCOPE
Professor Giovanni Pettinato of the University of Rome
believes that a rock crystal called the Nimrud lens found
in 1850 by archaeologist Sir John Layard could have been
used for an ancient telescope. The ancient Assyrians astronomers
were renowned for their understanding of the skies, and this
lens could have contributed to their knowledge.
CHINA CLOSES IN ON MANNED SPACE FLIGHT
China is continuing its ambitious plans to put two men into
space by the end of the year 2000. This is just the first
part of their overall manned space program, which will launch
an independent space station and achieve a lunar landing
early in the next millenium.
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