Universe Today #88, August 27th, 1999
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August 27th, 1999 - Issue #88
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B-10A Enters Cape Horn Shipping Lanes
Ball To Build Three Bird Telescope
Space Radar Project Faces Funding Cuts
X-34 Set For Extensive Testing
Lander Zeros In For Gentle Southern Landing
-- UNIVERSE TODAY STORY SUMMARY --
* Landing Site Chosen for Upcoming Mars Mission
* Hubble Observes Hourglass-Shaped Nebula
* NASA Considers Inflatable Space Station Module
* Meteorite Found to Contain Water
* Chandra Delivers the Goods
* X-33 Behind Schedule
* Last Mir Crew Prepares to Leave
LANDING SITE CHOSEN FOR UPCOMING MARS MISSION
The landing spot for the Mars Polar Lander has been selected to be
a strip of rolling, gentle hills near the planet's South Pole. The
probe will arrive at Mars on December 3rd, parachute down through
the atmosphere and finally land after firing its retrorockets.
HUBBLE OBSERVES HOURGLASS-SHAPED NEBULA
The Hubble Space Telescope has provided extremely clear images of the
Southern Crab Nebula (He2-104). Shaped like an hourglass, astronomers
believe the nebula was created by a pair of stars orbiting one another,
spreading the nebula into the pattern.
NASA CONSIDERS INFLATABLE SPACE STATION MODULE
NASA is looking for a way to increase the habitable area on the
International Space Station by using an inflatable module called
TransHab. In order the build the module, however, the space agency
needs an industry partner who'll do the work for less than $200
METEORITE FOUND TO CONTAIN WATER
When examining a meteorite found by a group of boys in Texas,
scientists made an amazing discovery - the space rock contained minute
particles of water, believed to be 4.5 billion years old.
CHANDRA DELIVERS THE GOODS
NASA officials unveiled the first images produced by the Chandra X-Ray
observatory at a press conference today - a picture of the Cassiopeia
A supernova remnant, with a possible black hole at the centre. A
second image shows an X-ray jet streaming away from a distant quasar.
X-33 BEHIND SCHEDULE
Lockheed recently announced that its work on the new X-33 space
shuttle successor is behind schedule and overbudget. Several problems
have contributed to the delays, including issues with the lightweight
fuel tanks, rocket engines, and heat shield.
LAST MIR CREW PREPARES TO LEAVE
Things are looking more and more dire for the Mir spacestation as its
final crew prepares to return home. The Russian government can no
longer afford to maintain the station and will be forced to let its
orbit decay, partially burning up in the atmosphere.
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