Universe Today - January 4, 2001
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January 4, 2001 - Issue #364
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A note from Fraser...
I got this on the newswire today, and it sounds pretty cool. If
you're interested in the business of space exploration, you might
want to attend. Talk to them, not me if you want more information
The 17th National Space Symposium, hosted by the Space Foundation,
is set for April 9-12, 2001 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado
Springs. The Symposium focuses on U.S. space policy and programs
and is the only forum integrating civil, commercial and national
security space sectors. The symposium consists of plenary sessions
and keynotes, corporate events, the concluding Space Technology
Hall of Fame Dinner and boasts more than 27,000 square feet of
aerospace exhibits. Additional information and secure on-line
registration is available at http://www.spacesymposium.org, or by
-- UNIVERSE TODAY STORY SUMMARY --
* Atlantis Returns to Launch Pad
* Hubble Sees Star Formation in Nearby Galaxy
* Sea Launch Heads Out, Gets Ready to Launch XM Satellite
ATLANTIS RETURNS TO LAUNCH PAD
After yesterday's aborted journey, the space shuttle Atlantis
successfully made it to the launch pad on Wednesday. Problems with
the computer that controls the crawler forced the technicians to
abort the transfer and bring the crawler and shuttle back to the
hanger. The shuttle and its 5-astronaut crew are now being prepared
launch no earlier than January 19th to install the US-built Destiny
laboratory module on space station Alpha.
HUBBLE SEES STAR FORMATION IN NEARBY GALAXY
New images from the Hubble Space Telescope are of the star
formation in galaxy NGC 6822. Located only 1,630,000 light-years
away in the constellation of Sagittarius, the star-forming region
is called Hubble-X, and is only 4 million years old. This gas cloud
held a fascination for Edwin Hubble, for who the Hubble Space
Telescope is named, as he was the first to discover it using the
100-inch telescope at Mt. Wilson Observatory in 1925.
SEA LAUNCH HEADS OUT, GETS READY TO LAUNCH XM SATELLITE
The Odyssey Launch Platform and the Sea Launch Commander are on
their way to the Equator, in preparation for launch of the XM-1
satellite. Due to launch on January 8th at 10:35pm GMT, the
Zenit-3SL rocket will carry the satellite to Geosynchronous
Transfer Orbit. Once in position, the XM-1 satellite will provide
100 channels of digital radio throughout the United States.
David Cottle's Web Domain - http://www.idb.com.au
Space Shuttle, Space Station and related topics.
Space Media - http://www.spacemedia.com
Multimedia Company for Space Industry, Space Interest Groups and
Space Education. Secure Online Shopping for Quality Space
Spacewatch Project - http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/spacewatch
Spacewatch Project search for near-Earth asteroids.
Whatcom Association of Celestial Observers -
A Pacific Northwest Club focused on keeping Astronomy fun!
Kepler Mission - http://www.kepler.arc.nasa.gov
A search for earth-size habitable planets around other stars.
Advanced Stellar Compass - http://iris.iau.dtu.dk
High precision star tracker and attitude reference sensor for
SETI@Home - Team Art Bell -
The largest SETI@Home club team
Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford -
We are an astronomy club in the Hartford, Ct. area. Our membership
is approx. 100 members with interest ranging from telescope making,
deep sky observing, astro-photography and observing.
Ted's Universe - http://members.nbci.com/KC8COI
Astronomy and other sites of interest
The Astrobiology Index -
The Astrobiology Index is a comprehensive site for the space life
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