SETI Universe Today, June 8th, 1999

Larry Klaes (
Tue, 08 Jun 1999 10:08:23 -0400

>X-Sender: >X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Light Version 3.0.6 (32) >Date: Tue, 08 Jun 1999 06:53:33 -0700 >To: Universe Today Newsletter <> >From: Universe Today <> >Subject: Universe Today, June 8th, 1999 > > >the >U N I V E R S E > T O D A Y > >Space Exploration News From Around the Internet, Updated Every Weekday. >June 8th, 1999 - Issue #49 > > > >To unsubscribe from this newsletter, just reply with only the >subject line "UNSUBSCRIBE NEWSLETTER". > >An HTML version of this Newsletter is available at: > > >************************************** > >Do you know someone who would appreciate receiving Universe Today >by email? Forward on a copy, and encourage them to subscribe! > >************************************** > > >-- Story Summary -- >* Moon Has a Sodium Tail >* Computer Programmed to Detect Alien Life >* Recent Solar Ejection Worried Astronomers >* WIRE Failure Caused by Power Glitch > > >MOON HAS A SODIUM TAIL >------------------------ >Astronomers have discovered a sodium-gas "tail" that stretches away >from the moon for at least half a million miles. Unsure exactly what's >causing this tail, astronomers theorize that it might be caused >micrometeorites striking the moon, with the sodium pulled into the >tail by the Earth's gravity. > > > > > > >COMPUTER PROGRAMMED TO DETECT ALIEN LIFE >------------------------ >NASA is developing a computer program which they believe will assist >the search for extraterrestrial life. Designed to recognize every >variant of microbial life on Earth, the program would be incorporated >into future missions to Mars, such as a rover that searches for life >by cracking open rocks. > > > > >RECENT SOLAR EJECTION WORRIED ASTRONOMERS >------------------------ >For a few hours last Tuesday, astronomers didn't know if a massive >coronal ejection, containing superheated plasma, would strike the >Earth. After first witnessing the ejection, astronomers used the >Internet to compare current images of the sun from around the world >and decided that a worldwide alert wasn't necessary. > > > > >WIRE FAILURE CAUSED BY POWER GLITCH >------------------------ >An investigation into the failure of the Wide-Field Infrared Explorer >(WIRE) satellite has concluded that a surge in a circuit led to the >failure of the satellite. When the satellite was turned on, the surge >caused it to prematurely blow the bolts on a sunscreen which protected >a hydrogen tank. The unprotected hydrogen sublimated, spinning the >satellite out of control. > > > > >------------------------- >To unsubscribe from this newsletter, just reply with only the >subject line "UNSUBSCRIBE NEWSLETTER". > >All contents copyright (c) 1999 Universe Today >Brought to you by > > >

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