Universe Today #334, November 2, 2000
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November 2, 2000 - Issue #334
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A note from the publisher
With the Expedition 1 crew now on board the International Space Station,
there's going to be all kinds of stuff going on with NASA television. As
always, you can watch it on the web from any of the locations listed on
Watch them work, hang out, and talk. It'll be like Big Brother... in space.
-- UNIVERSE TODAY STORY SUMMARY --
* Immunity in Space - Getting Close to Your Neighbours
* Expedition 1 Enters Their New Home in Space
* When Galaxies Collide
IMMUNITY IN SPACE - GETTING CLOSE TO YOUR NEIGHBOURS
One of the research programs led by the National Space Biomedical Research
Institute is examining the effect on the immune system of long-duration
space flight and weightlessness. This research will have important implications
for the feasibility of manned missions to Mars and beyond, as well as benefiting
human healthcare here on Earth. Jennifer Laing looks at this research
program and its use of Australian Antarctic researchers as a parallel to
those living and working in space.
Read the special article. A Universe Today Exclusive
EXPEDITION 1 ENTERS THEIR NEW HOME IN SPACE
The first permanent inhabitants of the International Space Station entered
their new home today when their Soyuz spacecraft linked up at 11:00am GMT.
William Shepherd, Sergei Krikalev and Yuri Gidzenko entered the station,
turned on the lights and life support systems, and proceeded to set up
a live television link with the Russian mission control to confirm that
the move-in was going well. They'll remain on the station for the next
four months, when they're replaced by the next crew.
WHEN GALAXIES COLLIDE
New photographs taken with the Hubble Space Telescope show a sideswipe
collision between a large spiral galaxy and a smaller irregular galaxy.
Located 206 million light years away in the direction of the constellation
Lyra, the collision is actually pretty safe for all the individual stars
involved - because of the vast distances between the stars, their chance
of colliding is very small.
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