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  • Frits Westra
    the U N I V E R S E T O D A YSpace Exploration News From Around the Internet, Updated Every Weekday. May 4th, 1999 - Issue #31 http://www.universetoday.com
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      Space Exploration News From Around the Internet, Updated Every Weekday.
      May 4th, 1999 - Issue #31
      http://www.universetoday.com
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      -- Story Summary --
      * Insurance too Expensive for Russian Module
      * Mexican Satellite Failure
      * Getting to Mars on Anti-Matter
      * Moonbase Sites Considered


      INSURANCE TOO EXPENSIVE FOR RUSSIAN MODULE
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      Although it's completed the newest component of the International
      Space Station, Russia can afford the $125,000 it will cost to insure
      it, and plans to launch without insurance. Perhaps not so wise
      considering the recent rash of mislaunches.

      http://cnn.com/TECH/space/9905/03/iss.insurance.ap/index.html


      MEXICAN SATELLITE FAILURE
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      Mexican satellite Solidaridad I developed a problem stopping pager
      service for clients of the telecommunications company. Pager traffic
      has been transferred to other satellites while engineers fix the problem.

      http://cnn.com/TECH/space/9905/01/BC-MEXICO-SATELLITE.reut/index.html


      GETTING TO MARS ON ANTI-MATTER
      ------------------------
      NASA scientists are considering this Star Trek fuel for the first
      manned mission to Mars. Although such a journey is many years away,
      the scientists believe they'll have a working system within 2 years.
      With anti-matter, a single gram of fuel would provide the same boost
      as 23 Space Shuttle tanks.

      http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/050399/antimatter.sml


      MOONBASE SITES CONSIDERED
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      Searching for the best spot for a future moon base, ESA researchers
      believe that a spot near the moon's south pole is ripe for
      colonization. Potentially located near patches of comet ice, and under
      near continual sunlight, the spot is a relative oasis.

      http://www.msnbc.com/news/265256.asp
      http://www.chron.com/cgi-bin/auth/story.mpl/content/interactive/space/news/9
      9/990504.html

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