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      Original Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2002 21:04:50 -0800

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      * 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
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      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.
      http://www.eso.org/outreach/press-rel/pr-2002/phot-04-02.html


      SPACECRAFT IMAGE VOLCANO DISASTER FROM ORBIT
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      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.
      http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/releases/2002/release_2002_29.html


      COMPUTER GLITCH TROUBLES STATION
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      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.
      http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/spacenews/reports/issreports/2002/iss02-07.html


      SECOND LAUNCH OF H-2A SUCCESSFUL
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      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.
      http://yyy.tksc.nasda.go.jp/Home/Press/e/2002/200202/h2af2lf_020204_e.html


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