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Original Subject: Universe Today #266, July 3, 2000
Original Date: Mon, 03 Jul 2000 10:45:38 -0700
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July 3, 2000 - Issue #266
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-- UNIVERSE TODAY STORY SUMMARY --
* NASA Tracking Satellite Launches
* Proton Continues to Perform with Latest Launch
* Flashline Arctic Research Station Completed
* Panel Decides Galileo's Fate
NASA TRACKING SATELLITE LAUNCHES
NASA's newest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-H (TDRS-H) was launched
successfully on Friday atop an Atlas IIA rocket. The Cape Canaveral
launch was delayed one day to review data from the Centaur upper stage
booster, and then delayed 18 minutes to allow boats to clear the launch
area. The TDRS-H will relay communications between the Space Shuttle and
ground control for upcoming missions.
PROTON CONTINUES TO PERFORM WITH LATEST LAUNCH
A Proton rocket successfully launched a Sirius-1 satellite from the
Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Saturday: the second Proton launch
in less than a week, and the third in less than a month. These successful
Proton launches are a prelude to the July 12th launch of the Zvezda
service module for the International Space Station, which has been
delayed for two years. The Sirius-1 Satellite will broadcast digital
radio to cars in the United States.
FLASHLINE ARCTIC RESEARCH STATION COMPLETED
The Mars Society recently announced it has completed fabrication of the
Flashline Arctic Research Station - a simulated Mars habitat. The
completed structure will be disassembled and flown to Devon Island in the
Canadian arctic, where it will be reassembled. Assuming good weather
continues, the team hopes to begin Mars simulation activities before the
end of the month.
PANEL DECIDES GALILEO'S FATE
A Committee on Planetary and Lunar Exploration has tentatively decided
that Galileo's final action will be a suicidal plunge into Jupiter's
atmosphere. The panel considered crashing the probe into one of Jupiter's
moons, but decided against it because of concerns that organisms on the
probe could contaminate the moon. Galileo is currently funded until the
end of the year, after which the probe may begin its final mission.
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