Universe Today - June 29, 2001
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June 29, 2001 - Issue #448
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A note from Fraser...
One of the big advantages of doing space-related news is that I get
license to images and artwork totally free (NASA lets you use any
of their images for any purpose whatsoever... well, not anything,
check their guidelines
http://www.nasa.gov/gallery/photo/guideline.html), and that fits my
However, I much prefer to showcase images taken by readers and
individuals when I can. If you want me to showcase your images,
send 'em in and I may publish them on the site. Before you send in
everything you've ever taken, here's the deal: I've got no money
for this. None. So all I can give you is credit and fame - a link
to your site, your name on Universe Today, etc. But, I won't make
any money off your work either, so we'll all maintain an even karma
I'm also looking for stuff that isn't readily available on the web,
hard to get, or recent. Did you get a great shot of the space
shuttle while on a tour in Florida? Catch a photo of the Buran in
storage? Grab a great snapshot of Mars when it reached its closest
point? Snap the Northern Lights? Ride on the Vomit Comet? etc.
Send it along, and I may use it to go with a future story.
-- UNIVERSE TODAY STORY SUMMARY --
* New NASA Probe Will Look Back in Time
* Atlantis Will Launch July 12
* Russia Planning to Bring Back its Space Shuttle
NEW NASA PROBE WILL LOOK BACK IN TIME
Once it launches on Saturday, NASA's $145 million Microwave
Anisotropy Probe (MAP) spacecraft will map the afterglow radiation
of the Big Bang in incredible detail. Scheduled to be launched on
board a Boeing Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral, the spacecraft
will swing past the moon's orbit to the Earth's second Lagrange
Point - a point that requires very little fuel for a spacecraft to
maintain its position.
ATLANTIS WILL LAUNCH JULY 12
NASA has finalized July 12 as the next launch date for the space
shuttle Atlantis. Mission STS-104 will carry Atlantis into orbit
with a crew of five astronauts, will dock with the International
Space Station and install a new airlock onto the Unity module which
will enable station residents to make easier spacewalks. The
mission has been delayed for a month due to wet shuttle tiles and
problems with the station's robotic arm. If everything goes as
planned, the shuttle should return to Earth on July 23.
RUSSIA PLANNING TO BRING BACK ITS SPACE SHUTTLE
Russian space officials are thinking of pulling the Buran space
shuttle out of mothball and putting it into service. Designed to
compete with the US space shuttle, the Buran was designed with more
advanced technologies; unfortunately, it only flew once before the
program ran out of money and the spacecraft was shelved. With
increasing demand for heavy payloads and public interest in space
tourism, Russia thinks it might be a good time to start launching
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