archive: SETI Universe Today, May 18th, 1999

SETI Universe Today, May 18th, 1999

Larry Klaes ( lklaes@bbn.com )
Tue, 18 May 1999 09:18:16 -0400

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>-- Story Summary --
>* Student Satellite to Launch
>* Artificial Intelligence Tested on Deep Space 1
>* Aliens Probably Won't Look Like E.T.
>* Iridium's Financial Situation Worsens
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>STUDENT SATELLITE TO LAUNCH
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>Built by the students of Boston University, the TERRIERS satellite - named
>for the school's mascot, and designed to measure changes in the ionosphere -
>will launch early in the morning from Vandenberg Air Force base in
>California.
>The total cost for the mission, including launch is $12.3 million.
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>http://www.astronomynow.com/breaking/990517terriers/index.html
>http://www.spacer.com/spacecast/news/terriers-99a.html
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>ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TESTED ON DEEP SPACE 1
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>NASA engineers have had the opportunity to test a powerful new piece of
>software on the Deep Space 1 mission. Called Remote Agent, the software
>allows the spacecraft to function completely on its own without human
>intervention, completing course corrections, detailed mission plans, and
>self-diagnosis.
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>http://www.astronomynow.com/breaking/990518remote/index.html
>http://www.spaceviews.com/1999/05/17b.html
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>ALIENS PROBABLY WON'T LOOK LIKE E.T.
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>Scientists believe that life exists outside our planet, but it probably
>doesn't look anything like we've imagined in science fiction. Mars and
Europa
>are two worlds in our Solar System which are candidates for life, with the
>closest analogy being colonies of bacteria, such as those found in deep sea
>vents.
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>http://cnn.com/TECH/space/9905/17/space.et.reut/index.html
>http://www.msnbc.com/news/269497.asp
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>IRIDIUM'S FINANCIAL SITUATION WORSENS
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>The financial picture for Iridium is starting to look bleak. Current
>financing
>agreements require the company to gather a total of 27,000 subscribers by
the
>end of May; however, it looks like they'll fall well short of that mark.
>Shortages of the required satellite phones have contributed to the company's
>financial difficulties.
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>http://www.spaceviews.com/1999/05/17a.html
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