Universe Today #335, November 3, 2000
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November 3, 2000 - Issue #335
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I'd like to take a moment to recognize the newest addition to the Universe
Today family - Jennifer Laing. Jennifer's the one who's been writing some
of the new original content on Universe Today, and we've been getting some
great feedback. If you haven't read her stuff yet, here are some of her
Welcome Back to the 'Family' of STS-92
Immunity in Space - Getting Close to Your Neighbours
Farewell to the 'Father' of Manned Space Flight
If you enjoy her stories, be sure to send her an email at mailto:jennifer@....
If you've got ideas for stories, or insider dirt, she's always listing.
-- UNIVERSE TODAY STORY SUMMARY --
* NASA Tests X-38 Escape Vehicle
* Space Station Might Get a New Name
NASA TESTS X-38 ESCAPE VEHICLE
NASA performed its latest test of the X-38 prototype escape vehicle by
dropping it from the bottom of a B-52 aircraft over a dry lake bed in California.
The X-38 will allow astronauts to evacuate from the International Space
Station in case of an emergency, such as decompression of the station.
A space test flight of the vehicle is planned for 2002, when it will be
released in orbit by the space shuttle to fly back to Earth.
SPACE STATION MIGHT GET A NEW NAME
Once they moved in to the International Space Station yesterday, commander
William Shepherd proposed to change its name to Alpha - the codename used
during the station's early planning stages. The name isn't permanent, though;
it has its critics. The Russians believe that Mir should be considered
Alpha, and ISS should be Beta, or even Mir 2. A permanent name will have
to wait until a later date.
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