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  • Frits Westra
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      Original Date: Tue, 29 Feb 2000 16:52:00 -0800

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      Space Exploration News From Around the Internet, Updated Every Weekday.
      February 29th, 2000 - Issue #186
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      THE LATEST FROM SPACEWATCH

      Among the most important people working in mission control are
      the system flight controllers. Each one is responsible for a
      specific aspect to each mission. This was Bob Carlton's job on
      the Apollo missions. He also had to suffer through Armstrong's
      "pranks" during simulation programs...Meet the man in the hot seat:
      Bob "Control" Carlton, today at 2:00PM ET on an
      all-new MISSION CONTROL, OVER.

      http://www.spacewatch.com/admin/missioncontrol/main.asp


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      -- UNIVERSE TODAY STORY SUMMARY --

      * Searching for Aliens in Puerto Rico
      * Ice Age Forest Discovered in Northern US
      * NASA Cancels X-38 Test Flight due to Electrical Short
      * New Hope for Gamma Ray Observatory


      SEARCHING FOR ALIENS IN PUERTO RICO
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      Seth Shostak, and other SETI astronomers, monitor 28 million
      channels for signs of alien life on the Arecibo radio telescope in
      Puerto Rico. "Pipeline processing" helps to eliminate the signals
      which are mere terrestrial interference, such as satellite signals,
      versus those that originate in deep space.

      http://abcnews.go.com/sections/science/DailyNews/exped_seti000225_part2.html
      http://www.msnbc.com/news/374378.asp


      ICE AGE FOREST DISCOVERED IN NORTHERN US
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      5 acres of almost perfectly preserved forest dating back to the
      last ice age were uncovered by accident in a sand mining operation.
      The ancient trees sprouted as the last glaciers retreated, then
      were buried by water and sand due to rapidly increasing global
      temperatures. Scientists analyze what the petrified forest might
      teach us about today's changing global climate.

      http://abcnews.go.com/sections/science/DyeHard/dyehard.html


      NASA CANCELS X-38 TEST FLIGHT DUE TO ELECTRICAL SHORT
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      The X-38 prototype is designed to be used as an emergency rescue
      vehicle for the International Space Station. Electrical trouble,
      possibly with the flight control system, happened minutes into the
      final test preparations, preventing the X-38 from being released
      from a B-52 at 35 000 feet, as intended.

      http://cnn.com/2000/TECH/space/02/28/x.38.scrub/index.html


      NEW HOPE FOR GAMMA RAY OBSERVATORY
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      NASA may abort plans to deliberately crash the orbiting telescope
      into the ocean this summer. Engineers may have found ways to keep
      the observatory in orbit with back-up methods even if another of
      its 3 gyroscopes fail. The ability to control the re-entry of the
      GRO safely is the main factor in the debate whether to keep the
      observatory in orbit.

      http://www.flatoday.com/space/explore/stories/2000a/022800a.htm


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