Universe Today - January 5, 2001
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Space Exploration News From Around the Internet, Updated Every
January 5, 2001 - Issue #365
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A note from Fraser...
Amazon sent me a list of all the newest space-related books they're
stocking. I've gathered them together into a handy list. Keep in
mind that I haven't ready any of them yet, so I make no guarantee
they're good books. They're just new. Remember, if you buy your
stuff from Amazon.com from any link in Universe Today, I get a
commission on the sale.
Jupiter - Ben Bova
(I love Ben's Mars series, so I threw this one in)
Glorious Eclipses : Their Past, Present and Future - Serge Brunier,
Comets : Blazing Visitors from Deep Space (Out There) - David
(here're a bunch of page turners...)
Modeling and Simulation of Aerospace Vehicle Dynamics - Peter H.
Interactive Aerospace Engineering and Design - Dava J. Newman
Aerospace Facts & Figures 2000/2001
Fundamentals of Aerodynamics (McGraw-Hill Series in Aeronautical
and Aerospace Engineering) - John D., Jr. Anderson
-- UNIVERSE TODAY STORY SUMMARY --
* NASA Will Try to Land NEAR on Eros
* NASA Lists its New Discovery Mission Candidates
* New Evidence that Extrasolar Planets May Be Plentiful
NASA WILL TRY TO LAND NEAR ON EROS
Having completed all its science, and used up most of its budget,
NASA has creative use for the NEAR-Shoemaker spacecraft - they will
attempt to land it onto Asteroid Eros, which it has been orbiting
for the past year. Of course, with all the variables involved, the
chances of actually touching down safely are astronomical. At this
point, the team is hoping to just get some nice close-up pictures
before NEAR gets smashed on the surface. The "landing" is set for
NASA LISTS ITS NEW DISCOVERY MISSION CANDIDATES
NASA officials have selected three proposals as candidates for
detailed study to become the next mission in the agency's low-cost
Discovery Program. Currently under consideration are: a space
telescope designed to search for Earth-sized planets around other
stars; an orbiter designed to uncover Jupiter's inner workings; and
a mission that will visit two of our solar system's largest
asteroids. The selected missions must be ready for launch before
September 30, 2006, and cost no more than $299 million.
NEW EVIDENCE THAT EXTRASOLAR PLANETS MAY BE PLENTIFUL
A team of Dutch and American astronomers believe they have found
evidence that the number of stars with planets may be more than
previously suspected. Using the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) to
study a group of young stars, the team learned that clouds of
hydrogen gas, the raw material for Jupiter-type planets, lasts much
longer than previously believed - as long as 20 million years. This
increases the chances that the hydrogen gas will have time to
collect into stable planets.
North Georgia Astronomers - http://www.northgeorgiaastronomers.org
a group of Amateur Astronomers based in North Georgia with 50
members ranging from children to an Astrophysicist.
See View Observatory - http://www.seeviewo.org
See View Observatory, an amateur run observatory based in the UK.
With images, articles, local informatiom and more�
OutpostTerra - http://www.outpostterra.com
This is the Official site regarding the OutpostTerra sci-fi
Space Future - http://www.spacefuture.com
The Largest Archive of Space Tourism Articles and Papers on the
Bigrock - http://www.phoenixat.com/~vnn2/bigrock.htm
information on asteroid and comet threats to Earth's survival
Vanderbilt University, Department of Physics and Astronomy -
Learning About Leonardo -
Futurist Arthur C. Clarke inpired Space Art by the students of
John F. Kennedy High School. Create Free musical postcards.
Space News - http://skybusiness.com/reklaw
Reports latest news/general info with links to Universe Today and
Astrophysics Group West -
Professional information and great links on astrophysics, time and
the space sciences in general, for the general public.
spacenet 99 - http://spacenet.de.tt
Information around the International Space Station
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