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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl (Frits Westra) Originally from: Universe Today Original Subject: Universe Today #554 - April 3,
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      Original Subject: Universe Today #554 - April 3, 2002
      Original Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2002 07:30:05 -0800

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      April 3, 2002 - Issue #554
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      -- UNIVERSE TODAY STORY SUMMARY --

      * Chinese Dust Disaster Imaged From Space
      * Secretive Atlantis Countdown Starts
      * Envisat Begins Study of Earth's Environment
      * Chinese Capsule Lands


      CHINESE DUST DISASTER IMAGED FROM SPACE
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      NASA's Terra Earth Observing Satellite was on hand this week to
      record some of the worst dust storms to hit China's Inner
      Mongolian and Shanxi Provinces in ten years. The photo on the
      left shows a relatively clear day, while the one on the right is
      obscured by a yellowish cloud of dust. Each image was captured
      by the spacecraft's Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer, and
      represents an area of 380 km x 630 km.

      http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/releases/2002/release_2002_76.html
      Apr 3, 2002, 7:03am


      SECRETIVE ATLANTIS COUNTDOWN STARTS
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      NASA began the countdown for Thursday's launch of the space
      shuttle Atlantis; however, the specific launch time is still
      being kept confidential until 24 hours before - some time
      between 1900-2300 GMT (2:00pm-6:00pm EST). When Atlantis does
      launch, it will fly up to dock with the International Space
      Station and its 7-astronaut crew will attach a $600 million
      truss and $190 million rail car and track which will enable the
      station's robot arm to move from end to end assisting
      construction. (NASA Status Report)

      http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/status/stsstat/2002/apr/4-02-02s.htm
      Apr 2, 2002, 6:37pm


      ENVISAT BEGINS STUDY OF EARTH'S ENVIRONMENT
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      The European Space Agency's recently-launched Envisat began its
      ten year mission last week to gauge the health of planet Earth.
      The $2.2 billion, 9 ton satellite successfully turned on all ten
      of its scientific instruments and took some high-quality images
      of the break-up of the Larson B ice shelf in Antarctica. Another
      instrument captured images of photosynthetic plankton near the
      coast of Mauritania in northwest Africa.

      http://www.esa.it/export/esaCP/ESAQNGF18ZC_index_0.html
      Apr 2, 2002, 6:42am


      CHINESE CAPSULE LANDS
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      China's third unmanned spacecraft returned to Earth on Monday
      after spending a week in orbit. The Shenzhou capsule, touched
      down in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region at
      0851 GMT (3:51am EST). The spacecraft contained a series of
      experiments designed to test the life support systems of the
      capsule. It's still unknown when China will actually send humans
      into space, but officials from the country's space agency said
      that more unmanned tests will still be required.

      http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=624&ncid=624&e=3&u=/ap/20020401
      /ap_on_sc/china_space_26
      Apr 1, 2002, 6:30am


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