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30 September 2000 - NASA
has announced the name for the next mission to Mars - not the much
publicized 2003 twin-rover mission, but next year's
orbiter, (due to launch
in April 2001, and arrive at the Red Planet in October
2001). So what's it
Mars Odyssey"! Stop, Dave! NASA's Scott Hubbard explains:
"NASA's next mission to Mars, launching in the
year 2001, represents the start of a new wave of exploration at the red
planet. It seemed fitting to name the mission 2001
Mars Odyssey not only in honor of the story and the movie, but also to
herald the start of our new long-term journey to explore Mars."
26 September 2000 - Tears for a
cosmonaut: Gherman Titov, the second man to orbit the Earth in 1961, was
Monday in Moscow. Titov, who died of a heart attack last week, was an
early pioneer in the space race. Of course, back then, the Soviet space
program was shrouded in secrecy, unlike the out-in-the-open American
program. Even though he "played for the opposing team," his
accomplishments [see 22
Sep] cannot be ignored. Rest easy...
BBC video report here.
15 September 2000 - Where's all the Shuttle stuff??? Not to worry
- we moved it to a separate
page! This way, other news (yes, there are other things
going on besides the Shuttle mission!) would be easier to find, and
the pages will load faster. Follow our in-depth coverage of the
Atlantis mission to the ISS at our new
STS-106 Mission Journal page!
Duking it out on Mars: A British scientist claims that NASA's twin Mars
rovers will have inferior
instrumentation to the UK's Beagle 2 lander. The three space-probes will
be on the Martian surface in 2003. Them's fightin' words!
12 September 2000 - Scientists have discovered a new
type of black hole - a "middleweight" in between the normal
(!) ones and the "supermassive" ones.
has announced that the government will launch a series
of satellites next year to monitor the marine environment. The plan is
to orbit one every two years. They launched a satellite for other domestic
purposes earlier this month.
The Marshall Center,
activated by President Eisenhower Sept. 8, 1960 — 40 years ago — has a
rich history of contributions to space exploration. As NASA's premier
organization for development of space transportation and propulsion
systems, what's in store for Marshall in the next four decades?
4 September 2000 - Happy Labor Day! Now that the ISS is ready for long-term habitation, NASA is is getting ready for a
series of Shuttle launches
to the Station. Three launches remain for this year, with more in quick succession
for years to come.
Today In Space History - Twenty-four years ago today (3 Sep 1976), the
second of two
Viking landers touched down on the surface of
2 September 2000 - Shuttle Discovery, set to launch next month, will remain in the gigantic Vehicle Assemble Building until after Atlantis' launch next week. This will
keep the spacecraft safe during Florida's unpredictable hurricane season.