Universe Today, August 2nd, 1999
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August 2nd, 1999 - Issue #74
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-- UNIVERSE TODAY STORY SUMMARY --
* Prospector Crash Somewhat Disappointing
* Chandra Boosts to Higher Orbit
* Columbia Fuel Leak Cause
* NASA's Budgets Marginally Restored
PROSPECTOR CRASH SOMEWHAT DISAPPOINTING
Lunar Prospector served its final mission well enough - it crashed
into the moon near the southern pole Saturday morning - but the
results of the experiment are still inconclusive. Astronomers were
hoping to see a cloud of dust and ice rising from the collision which
would provide evidence of water on the moon.
CHANDRA BOOSTS TO HIGHER ORBIT
In the first of five orbital maneuvers it will make, the Chandra
X-Ray observatory boosted its orbit so that the high point would
take it nearly 68,000 kms away from the Earth (1/3 of the distance
to the moon). Controllers have been systematically activating the
observatory's systems with great success.
COLUMBIA FUEL LEAK CAUSE FOUND
It turns out a loose pin from one of the Space Shuttle Columbia's
engines possibly caused the fuel leak shortly after launch last week.
Gold-plated, and only 1-inch long, the pin was knocked from its tube
from the force of the engines firing, where it punched a hole in
the engine nozzle.
NASA'S BUDGETS MARGINALLY RESTORED
After a day's budget hearings, the House Appropriations Committee
has decided to restore some of NASA's slashed budget - $400 million.
This still leaves total budget cuts, however, of $1 billion.
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