Universe Today #333, November 1, 2000
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November 1, 2000 - Issue #333
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A note from the publisher
Here's something cool. You know... for kids.
European Space Agency is inviting young people (between ages 8-12) to take
part in a competition to draw a flag to represent the Earth. The overall
winner will fly to Kourou, in French Guiana, to see the launch of Envisat,
the new advanced Earth observation satellite. The Ariane 5 launcher that
will carry Envisat into space will bear the Envisat logo and the winning
picture of the Earth flag.
This contest is only open to ESA countries and kids from Canada. Sorry
to all of you from the States.
If you win, please take me - tell the ESA that I'm your uncle or something.
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-- UNIVERSE TODAY STORY SUMMARY --
* Soyuz Prepares to Dock with Space Station
* Opportunity to Buy Cheap Russian Rockets
* China Launches its First Navigation Satellite
* Astronomers Wonder About a Lack of Planets in Globular Cluster
SOYUZ PREPARES TO DOCK WITH SPACE STATION
The Progress cargo ship currently docked to the International Space Station
was disconnected from the docking port, and moved to a lower orbit (where
it will burn up in the atmosphere) earlier this morning to make room for
the approaching Soyuz capsule carrying the first permanent inhabitants
of the station - Expedition 1. The ship is expected to dock Thursday at
OPPORTUNITY TO BUY CHEAP RUSSIAN ROCKETS
The chief of Russia's nuclear program announced yesterday that he has hundreds
of rockets for sale for launching satellites - at discount prices. The
most likely candidates for sale are the SS-18 rockets, or Stilettos, as
they are called in the West. Russia can't afford to maintain the enormous
nuclear arsenal it inherited after the breakup. It's estimated these rockets
would cost 1/6th the price of conventional purpose built rocket.
CHINA LAUNCHES ITS FIRST NAVIGATION SATELLITE
The official Xinhua News Agency reported yesterday that China has successfully
launched its first navigation positioning satellite, the Beidou Navigation
Test Satellite-1 (BNTS-1), on board a Changzheng-3A rocket. The launch
occurred at 4:02pm GMT on October 30th, and the satellite was delivered
into orbit 27 minutes later. The Beidou will serve the same purpose as
the US-based GPS system, which enables people on the ground to know their
ASTRONOMERS WONDER ABOUT A LACK OF PLANETS IN GLOBULAR CLUSTER
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope were surprised to find that
they were unable to find any extrasolar planets in the globular star cluster
47 Tucanae, which contains 35,000 stars - they expected to find 17. Hubble
was trained on the cluster 15,000 light years away, and it would be able
to monitor slight movements in any of the stars, indicating a planet. The
fact that they didn't find any indicates the possibility that planet formation
works differently in different locations in the galaxy.
Links to space-related sites...
Crayford Manor House Astronomical Society - http://www.astronomy.freeserve.co.uk
An advanced local astronomical society having close links with professional
The Yahoo! Venture Star Club
We are the No.1 space exploration club at Yahoo, with over 1250 members
International Science Olympiads
annual contests for secondary education in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,
Informatics, Biology, Astronomy
Orbit Xplorer - http://www.ottisoft.com/orbit_x.htm
Educational orbit and gravitation simulator. Includes many premade simulations
with onscreen activities and exercises.
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