archive: SETI Universe Today, May 20th, 1999

SETI Universe Today, May 20th, 1999

Larry Klaes ( lklaes@bbn.com )
Thu, 20 May 1999 08:09:22 -0400

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>May 20th, 1999 - Issue #41
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>-- Story Summary --
>* NASA Announces New Astrobiology Group
>* Bad Weather May Delay Shuttle Launch
>* Deep Space 1 Tests Interrupted
>* NASA Budget Approved... Almost
>* New Moon Discovered for Uranus
>* TERRIERS Satellite Runs Out of Juice
>* Hubble Catches Giant Storm on Mars
>* Asteroid 1999 AN10 will Come Very Close in 2027
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>NASA ANNOUNCES NEW ASTROBIOLOGY GROUP
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>NASA has set up a new astrobiology institute to assist in
>the search for exterrestrial life. They're not necessarily looking
>for space aliens, just any form of life off our planet - even
>single celled organisms would be well worth the effort.
>
>
>http://cnn.com/TECH/space/9905/19/extraterrestrial.search.ap/index.html
>http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/051999/astrobiology.sml
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>BAD WEATHER MAY DELAY SHUTTLE LAUNCH
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>Space Shuttle Discovery may remain on the pad, and miss its current
>launch window because of poor weather. Originally scheduled for
>launch on Thursday, the Shuttle was already pelted by a severe
>hailstorm, and had to be repaired. This will be the first Shuttle
>launch in over 5 months.
>
>http://www.chron.com/content/interactive/space/missions/sts-096/stories/pref
>light/990519.html
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>DEEP SPACE 1 TESTS INTERRUPTED
>------------------------
>Software anomalies unexpectedly interrupted tests of Deep
>Space 1's automated capabilities. Although NASA engineers
>consider the tests to be largely successful, they plan to
>conduct more to complete the experiment.
>
>http://www.spacer.com/spacecast/news/hill-99a.html
>http://www.spaceviews.com/1999/05/19b.html
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>NASA BUDGET APPROVED... ALMOST
>------------------------
>The US House of Representatives has approved NASA's three-year
>operating budget with a couple of exceptions: the TransHab module,
>and Vice President Al Gore's Triana space probe - both of which
>were denied funding by the House.
>
>http://www.spacer.com/spacecast/news/hill-99a.html
>http://www.spaceviews.com/1999/05/19c.html
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>NEW MOON DISCOVERED FOR URANUS
>------------------------
>While examining old photographs from Voyager, an astronomer has
>discovered a new moon orbiting Uranus. Only 25 miles across, the
>moon, currently has the boring name of 1986 U10, but it will soon
>be given a Shakespearean character name - a tradition for Uranus' moons.
>
>http://abcnews.go.com/sections/science/DailyNews/uranus990519.html
>http://www.astronomynow.com/breaking/990519uranus/index.html
>http://cnn.com/TECH/space/9905/19/uranus.moon/index.html
>http://explorezone.com/archives/99_05/19_uranus_moon.htm
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>TERRIERS SATELLITE RUNS OUT OF JUICE
>------------------------
>The student-built TERRIERS satellite has drained its battery since
>it was launched on Tuesday. This is because the satellite wasn't able
>to orient its solar panels in the direction of the sun to recharge.
>Engineers are attempting to recover it before declaring the launch
>a write-off.
>
>http://www.astronomynow.com/breaking/990520terriers/index.html
>http://cnn.com/TECH/space/9905/19/student.satellite.ap/index.html
>http://www.msnbc.com/news/270640.asp
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>
>HUBBLE CATCHES GIANT STORM ON MARS
>------------------------
>The Hubble Space Telescope has recently captured images of a giant
>storm raging across the surface of Mars. Over 1,000 miles across,
>the storm is surprisingly Earthlike, in composition, unlike the dust
>storms discovered by the Viking orbiter over 20 years ago.
>
>http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_348000/348341.stm
>http://cnn.com/TECH/space/9905/19/mars.storm/index.html
>http://explorezone.com/archives/99_05/19_mars_cyclone.htm
>http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/051999/hubble.sml
>http://www.msnbc.com/news/271111.asp
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>ASTEROID 1999 AN10 WILL COME VERY CLOSE IN 2027
>------------------------
>Although it was recently announced that asteroid 1999 AN10 may strike
>the Earth in 2039, astronomers have been calculating and recalculating
>its trajectory. Recent data suggests that 1999 AN10 will streak past
>the Earth as close as 38,000 miles in 2027, but it's still unclear if
>gravitational effect of the Earth will cause the later impact.
>
>http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_347000/347764.stm
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