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|29 September - Time-share in space? Cash-strapped
Russians may sell time on
ISS to other space agencies.
Largest explosions in the universe may come from the
deaths of massive stars.
|18 September - Floyd
didn't only hit Florida and the Carolinas - we lost power here in
northern NJ for 28 hours! Check out these photos of the hurricane's
aftermath at Kennedy Space Center (NASA) and Cape Canaveral Air
Station (USAF)! An exhibit of a Mercury Redstone rocket from the the
60's was toppled
by the high winds. Two
other NASA facilities also closed for the storm, as KSC came back on-line Thursday (16 September).
28 August - The last
full-time crew of the Russian
space station, Mir, has returned
home in their Soyuz
to a hero's welcome, parachuting back to Kazakhstan.
will remain in orbit for six more months, in case private investors
can fund further
time aloft. Otherwise, a cleanup
crew will push it out of orbit, where most of the station will
burn up in the atmosphere. TV-set-sized chunks of wreckage
will survive re-entry. Russia will attempt to the de-orbit it over
the ocean, but there is a chance that small pieces of wreckage may
come down in Canada.
One of the returning cosmonauts, Sergei
Avdeyev, holds the world's record for space
endurance, clocking in 742 days in orbit.
Hurricane Dennis threatens
26 August - After 13
years, the Russian Mir
space station is due to be abandoned
Friday! Will there be one more clean-up crew after this? The
will decay, and a freight transport will be used to push it out
of orbit next
spring, burning it up over the Pacific. The sometimes-buggy
station has endured
far beyond its originally-intended 5-year lifespan. Full story at Florida
Chandra X-Ray observatory
images! The orbiting space
telescope transmitted its first
set of photos to Cambridge,
Water from a stone? Ancient
salty droplets found in meteorite!
13 August - [Eclipse links have been moved
to the new Eclipse Page -
Shuttle stories to the new Shuttle
Check here for news on the
next Shuttle mission.
for an article about a "secret" spy satellite launch
Live meteor shower coverage from 105000
feet at www.perseidslive.com!
More news on the possible failure of the Global
Positioning System later this month - stay tuned for a full
Is the International
Space Station a "sick
12 August - [Eclipse links have been moved to the Eclipse
Here Come the Perseids: The 1999 Perseid meteor
shower peaks later this week with exceptionally good
viewing expected under the dark skies of a nearly new moon. FLASH! Peak
viewing early Thursday & Friday mornings!
9 August - This week in space history:
Lots-O-Links about the Space Shuttles Enterprise & Columbia -
now moved to the new Shuttle
Forget the Y2K bug - what about the GPS1K
bug?!? The Global
Positioning System is rolling over on its 1024-week
cycle. Will we be lost without this vital service?
7 August - More Chandra news...
6 August 1999 - This week in Space History - Forty years ago
tomorrow, (7 Aug
1959), the U.S. Army launched an
satellite, called Explorer
6, on a Thor
Able rocket. The mission,
launched from from Pad 17 at Cape
Canaveral, was deemed a success despite a wobbly
because it returned the first photos of the Earth from
anniversaries include the 2 Aug 91 launch of STS-43
(Shuttle Atlantis) and the 7 Aug 97 launch of STS-85
1 August 1999 - The Union Jack on the Red Planet?
Great Britain announces
mission for 2003.
is ready to embark on their own manned space program. The more the
merrier, I say!
In Mir news, two cosmonauts went out for what is likely
the final spacewalk outside
space station. Russia has agreed to pay $115 million in overdue rent for use of the
Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
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31 July 1999 - Water on the moon? The
Prospector spacecraft, which has been orbiting the Moon for 18
months now, has crashed
into the moon's
surface - on purpose! The space probe was running out of fuel
anyway, and scientists wanted to control the end of the successful
mission by directing it into a region of the moon that may contain
pockets of ice. The deliberate
smash-up is testing a theory that frozen water
exists at the lunar
poles, deposited over millions of years by comet
impacts; the ice may be locked into the lunar topsoil in craters that are
permanently in shadow. The presence of water on the lunar surface
would make further manned exploration much easier. There might be enough water on the Moon to support human
colonies! The impact
was intended to throw up a plume of water
that would be visible from Earth. So far, no
cloud has been
observed, but images are still being analyzed and it could be weeks
before we see any results.
Prospector also provides a final
resting place for astronomer Eugene Shoemaker (of Comet
Shoemaker-Levy 9 fame), some of whose ashes are on board. His many
discoveries include the comet that smashed into Jupiter in 1994. The
burial of the ashes in the lunar south pole makes him the first
human to be interred on another world.
35 years ago today (31 July 1964),
the lunar probe Ranger
7 returned close-up pictures
of the Moon's surface. The Ranger series was designed to crash-land
on the Moon, beaming images back to Earth until the moment of impact.
The seventh Ranger mission was the first to successfully return photos
of the surface.
Today is also the 30th anniversary of the Mariner
6 flyby of Mars.
30 July 1999 - Space Center, Air Force Station Consolidate to Save Money
- Most people don't know that the Kennedy Space Center is not the
same place as Cape Canaveral - now they are consolidating some
Telescope may have found liquid
seas on Titan!
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