Universe Today #616 - June 9, 2003
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-- UNIVERSE TODAY STORY SUMMARY --
* Watch the Mars Explorer Launch Live
* Bad Weather Pushed Back Mars Explorer
* Progress Launches to Resupply Space Station
* Proton Launches AMC-9 Satellite
* Foam Test Breaks Shuttle Panel as Expected
WATCH THE MARS EXPLORER LAUNCH LIVE
Jun 9, 2003 - If you're going to be anywhere near a computer connected to the Internet on Tuesday, why not tune into NASA television and watch the launch of the first Mars Explorer rover. NASA's set up a fast-loading page that will have operational links when their coverage gets started, so you can tune in.
Coverage begins 1600 GMT (12:00pm EDT). Click here to see the page, and then bookmark it so you can check back tomorrow.
<a href="http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/webcast/mer/">AOL Link</a>
I'll be watching.
BAD WEATHER PUSHED BACK MARS EXPLORER
Jun 9, 2003 - The launch of NASA's Mars Explorer spacecraft was pushed back to Tuesday because of bad weather at the Cape Canaveral, Florida launch pad. The spacecraft was originally supposed to lift off on Sunday, but storms forced the controllers to delay the launch, and then again on Monday. If the weather behaves, Explorer will lift off at 1758 GMT (1:58 pm EDT) and carry the newly named rover "Spirit" towards Mars. The second rover, "Opportunity" will follow on June 25.
<a href="http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mer/mission/launch_e.html">AOL Link</a>
PROGRESS LAUNCHES TO RESUPPLY SPACE STATION
Jun 8, 2003 - An unmanned Russian Progress 11 cargo ship lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Sunday, carrying more than two tonnes of food, fuel, water, supplies, and scientific equipment for the International Space Station. The Progress launched at 1043 GMT (6:34am EDT) and then reached orbit nine minutes later. It's expected to reach the space station on Wednesday, where it will link up automatically with the Pirs Docking Compartment on the Zvezda Service Module.
<a href="http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/spacenews/reports/issreports/2003/iss03-27.html">AOL Link</a>
PROTON LAUNCHES AMC-9 SATELLITE
Jun 7, 2003 - A Russian-built Proton K rocket successfully launched the AMC-9 satellite on Saturday, completing the 300th launch of this rocket design over the course of 38 years. The Proton lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 2215 GMT (6:15pm EDT), and the satellite separated from the Breeze M upper stage nearly nine hours later. The AMC-9 will provide digital television, data, and telecommunications services.
<a href="http://www.ilslaunch.com/newsarchives/newsreleases/rec227/">AOL Link</a>
FOAM TEST BREAKS SHUTTLE PANEL AS EXPECTED
Jun 6, 2003 - As predicted earlier in the week by Columbia accident investigators when a chunk of foam was fired at an actual space shuttle wing, it caused visible and significant damage. The foam was fired from a special pressurized gun at 234 metres per second, and when it struck the wing, it created a 7.5 centimetre crack in the carbon-fiber wing, and damaged several important T-seals. The test wing had actually been flown on space for 30 missions, so the experiment provided useful evidence to support the theory that foam damaged Columbia's wing so that the shuttle couldn't survive re-entry.
<a href="http://www.caib.us/news/press_releases/pr030606.html">AOL Link</a>
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