Universe Today #516 - December 4, 2001
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December 4, 2001 - Issue #516
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* A note from Fraser... Is Your Email Changing?
* New Telescope Rivals Power of Hubble
* Endeavour Cleared for Launch Tonight
* Genesis Begins Collecting Samples
* Next Space Tourist Announced
* Europa's Ice is on the Move
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NEW TELESCOPE RIVALS POWER OF HUBBLE
Using its new adaptive optics facility, the Paranal Observatory in South
America now has the ability to resolve objects with the same power as the
Hubble Space Telescope. This technology analyzes the turbulence in the
atmosphere and then modifies the images received by the telescope's mirror
to counteract the distortion. Astronomers are hoping to get even better
resolution by linking together images from the two 8.2 metre telescopes at
ENDEAVOUR CLEARED FOR LAUNCH TONIGHT
Now that the Progress cargo ship has been "hard locked" to the
International Space Station, nothing is expected to delay the launch of the
space shuttle Endeavour. If all goes well, the shuttle will lift off from
Cape Canaveral this afternoon at 2245 GMT (5:45pm EST) and rendezvous with
the station on Thursday. This shuttle launch is protected by unprecedented
security; with armed guards onsite, and fighter aircraft protecting an area
out to 55km from the launch pad.
GENESIS BEGINS COLLECTING SAMPLES
NASA's Genesis satellite spread its collector arrays yesterday to begin its
mission of capturing particles from the solar wind; NASA expects to start
getting particle hits right away. Sample collection will conclude in April
2004, when the spacecraft returns the particles to Earth. Genesis orbits a
point in space, about 1.6 million kilometres from Earth in the direction of
the Sun, where the gravities of Earth and the Sun balance.
NEXT SPACE TOURIST ANNOUNCED
South African multimillionaire Mark Shuttleworth announced today that he
will be the next space tourist destined for the International Space
Station. Shuttleworth is training at Russia's Star City and will be a
member of an upcoming Soyuz crew according to the Russian Space Agency.
This news comes after talks fell apart in early October, and the RSA
announced that Mark wouldn't be going.
EUROPA'S ICE IS ON THE MOVE
New research from a University of Arizona student indicates that the crust
of Europa, Jupiter's icy moon, moves around like the Earth's tectonic
plates - although it moves much faster. This has also caused the moon's
magnetic poles to wander hundreds of kilometres over time. The new research
by Alyssa R. Sarid was done by analyzing data and images gathered by the
Voyager and Galileo spacecraft.
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