Universe Today - April 3, 2001
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April 3, 2001 - Issue #414
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-- UNIVERSE TODAY STORY SUMMARY --
* Astronomers Spot Most Distant Supernova
* NASA Prepares for the Next Robot Probe to Mars
* Martian Microphone Will Fly Again
ASTRONOMERS SPOT MOST DISTANT SUPERNOVA
Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered a
supernova that exploded 10 billion years ago - the most distant
every discovered. The discovery of supernova 1997ff also helps to
reinforce the theory that the Universe's expansion is actually
speeding up. Analysis of light from the supernova confirms that
expansion of the early Universe first slowed, and then accelerated
as the repulsive force of "dark energy" overcame the effects of
Swinburne University - a short Internet course on "Searching for
Extrasolar Planets and Extraterrestrial Life".
NASA PREPARES FOR THE NEXT ROBOT PROBE TO MARS
After two failed missions in the last 18 months, NASA is just about
ready to try its luck again with the Red Planet. The new orbiter,
Mars Odyssey, is currently on the pad at Cape Canaveral, and if all
goes well, it will launch Friday on board a Delta 2 rocket, on
track to reach Mars in October, and begin scientific observation of
the planet in January 2002. Once in orbit, the spacecraft determine
what chemical elements and minerals make up the Martian surface and
whether any shallow buried ice exists.
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MARTIAN MICROPHONE WILL FLY AGAIN
When the Mars Polar Lander went missing in 1999, the Planetary
Society's Martian microphone - designed to hear what it sounds like
on Mars - went missing too. Fortunately, the Society has found
another ride to Mars, this time on board a French spacecraft, which
is scheduled for launch in 2007. The microphone was designed by the
University of California, Berkeley, and should pick up any sounds
on Mars, including wind, shifting sand, and the machinery of the
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