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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl (Frits Westra) Originally from: Universe Today Original Subject: Universe Today #546 - March 1,
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      Original Subject: Universe Today #546 - March 1, 2002
      Original Date: Fri, 1 Mar 2002 17:02:22 -0800

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      -- UNIVERSE TODAY STORY SUMMARY --

      * First Odyssey Photos Released
      * Cooling Problem Threatens Shuttle Mission
      * Shuttle on its Way to Upgrade Hubble
      * Ariane 5 Launches Envisat Successfully


      FIRST ODYSSEY PHOTOS RELEASED
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      It's only the first few photographs from Mars Odyssey, but
      scientists are already excited about what the spacecraft has
      turned up on the surface of Mars. Odyssey, which began mapping
      the planet last week, has detected significant amounts of
      hydrogen near the planet's south pole. Scientists believe this
      hydrogen is evidence of water ice - and not just surface frost,
      but a large quantity of frozen water.

      http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/odyssey/newsroom/pressreleases/02mar01.html


      COOLING PROBLEM THREATENS SHUTTLE MISSION
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      Space shuttle managers are debating whether to end the space
      shuttle Columbia's mission to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope
      because one of its two cooling systems isn't working properly.
      Although the shuttle is equipped with two redundant systems,
      NASA flight rules demand that the shuttle return to Earth if
      either completely fail - right now, one is just blocked and not
      working at full capacity. Mission controllers will make a
      decision to scrub the mission or keep going Friday evening.

      http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/spacenews/reports/sts109/STS-109-02.html


      SHUTTLE ON ITS WAY TO UPGRADE HUBBLE
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      The space shuttle Columbia roared into the Florida sky Friday
      morning, beginning an 11-day mission to upgrade the Hubble Space
      Telescope. The mission had originally been delayed a day because
      of unusually chilly weather, but everything was "go for launch"
      this morning. Columbia lifted off at 1122 GMT (6:22am EST) and
      is scheduled to meet up with the telescope early Sunday
      morning.

      http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/spacenews/reports/sts109/STS-109-01.html


      ARIANE 5 LAUNCHES ENVISAT SUCCESSFULLY
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      After much anticipation, an Ariane 5 rocket blasted off from
      Kourou, French Guiana last night, carrying the European Space
      Agency's Envisat environmental monitoring satellite into an
      800km orbit. Once it reaches its final orbit, the 8000 kg
      Envisat will observe the Earth's environment using ten
      instruments which measure the state of the land, ocean, ice
      cover and atmosphere. This is the first launch of an Ariane 5
      since a problem last July that placed two satellites into
      incorrect orbits.

      http://www.esa.int/export/esaCP/ESAVLUVTYWC_index_0.html


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