Universe Today #349, December 1, 2000
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December 1, 2000 - Issue #349
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INSIDE THE SPACE STATION
The Discovery Channel is going to be broadcasting a special profile on
the people and equipment that make up the International Space Station.
It's called "Inside the Space Station", and airs on Sunday, December 10th
at 9pm ET/PT. If you're interested in watching the show, click the following
link for more information (you can even give your email address to get
a reminder). I'll be watching.
Click here for more information:
(I know the link's a little funny, but trust me, it'll take you to the
-- UNIVERSE TODAY STORY SUMMARY --
* Endeavour on its Way to the Station
* Proton Launches Sirius 3 Satellite
* XMM-Newton Finds the Most Distant Quasar
ENDEAVOUR ON ITS WAY TO THE STATION
The space shuttle Endeavour blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral
last night at 3:06am GMT. The flawless launch was right on schedule, and
in beautiful weather. During the 10-day STS-97 mission, the 5-astronaut
crew will install the station's new $600m solar panels, containing a total
of 64,000 photoelectric cells. The panels will provide enough electricity
to power the three current modules, as well as the American laboratory,
Destiny, which is due to be added in January.
PROTON LAUNCHES SIRIUS 3 SATELLITE
International Launch Services successfully launched the third Sirius digital
radio satellite last night on board a Russian Proton rocket from the Baikonur
cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch was at 7:59pm GMT and separation
occurred 2.5 hours later. The Sirius satellites will provide 100 channels
of digital-quality radio to motorists in the United States. This is the
14th successful Proton launch this year.
XMM-NEWTON FINDS THE MOST DISTANT QUASAR
The European Space Agency's XMM-Newton X-Ray observatory has discovered
what is believed to be the most distant quasar ever discovered. Quasars
are the most luminous known objects in the Universe - they can emit 1000
times the energy of our entire Galaxy, from a size no larger than our
solar system. The targeted quasar, SDSS 1044-0125, has a redshift of 5.80,
which means it was present only 1 billion years after the Big Bang.
Len's Astronomical CyberSPACE - http://philpot.org
Educational and general resources for observational amateur astronomy
Celestial Images by Tom Orff - http://www.sunlink.net/~torff
Space Rocks Inc. - http://spacerocksinc.tripod.com/SPACEROCKS/
Buy, Sell, Trade Quality Meteorite Specimens!
Amherst Astronomy Association - http://www.amastro.org
A non-profit, public service astronomy association located in Amherst,
Altair - http://www.quinto-elemento.net/Altair/astronomia.htm
Lastronomia è sicuramente una delle scienze più antiche ed affascinanti,legata
alla cultura popolare,misteriosa nella sua complessità.La sensazione che
si prova guardando un cielo stellato,ovunque ci si trovi,è incomparabile.
Alpha Space Products, Inc. - http://www.alphaspaceproducts.com
Provides financial support for those working the objectives of The Alpha
Alpha Space Foundation - http://www.alphaspaceproducts.com
"Proposes a ""Soup to Nuts"" response to the asteroid/comet impact problem."
Aliens - http://www.nua-tech.com/paddy/ETs.htm
what can we learn from the evolution of life on Earth?
Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia - http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/planets/
Star Leaper - http://sites.netscape.net/oinosakai
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