SETI Universe Today, July 1st, 1999

Larry Klaes (
Thu, 01 Jul 1999 20:13:49 -0400

>X-Sender: >X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Light Version 3.0.6 (32) >Date: Thu, 01 Jul 1999 17:14:04 -0700 >To: Universe Today Newsletter <> >From: Universe Today <> >Subject: Universe Today, July 1st, 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. >July 1st, 1999 - Issue #59 > > > >To unsubscribe from this newsletter, just reply with only the >subject line "UNSUBSCRIBE NEWSLETTER". > >An HTML version of this Newsletter is available at: > > >************************************** > >Special News from Universe Today > >I don't know if you've heard yet, but NASA is planning to cancel the >Champollion ST4 mission - designed to land on a comet. Sad news for >space exploration. The Planetary Society has sent a letter to the >Congressional Committees overseeing the NASA program, and they >recommend you do the same. To read their letter, please visit the >following link: > > > >If you want to get involved in the future of space >exploration, here's your chance to make a difference. > >Fraser Cain >Publisher > >************************************** > >Space News from for today > >Sol's Motion Around Milky Way Detected > > >RLV Regulations - Planning for Evolution > > >Future of Shuttle Conference > > >Arianespace Backs Ellipso With Launch and Financing > > >Design Errors Caused WIRE Failure > > >X-34 Fastrac Engine Tested > > >Evidence for Life on Mars Remains Weak > > >************************************** > > >-- Story Summary -- >* Galileo Begins Encounter with Callisto >* Cosmonaut Proposes Shares of Mir >* X-34 Model Test Successful >* NASA Cancels Champollion >* Images of Mars Captured by Hubble >* Planets Without Stars Could Still Contain Life >* Rock Crystal Could Have Been Oldest Telescope >* China Closes in on Manned Space Flight > > >GALILEO BEGINS ENCOUNTER WITH CALLISTO >------------------------ >Galileo is about to begin the tenth encounter of its Europa >Mission - a close flyby of Callisto, one of Jupiter's largest >moons. Over the course of the next 4 1/2 days, the spacecraft >will fly within 1047 kilometers of the moon's surface. > > > > >COSMONAUT PROPOSES SHARES OF MIR >------------------------ >Prominent cosmonaut Vitaly Sevastyanov has proposed a new way >to save Mir - by selling shares in the space station to other >countries or foreign investors. Outside investors could use the >station to send astronauts or research missions. > > > > >X-34 MODEL TEST SUCCESSFUL >------------------------ >A 58 foot model of the futuristic X-34 rocket-plane was tested >Tuesday above NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in California. >The flight was used as a demonstration of many of the technologies >that will be used in future reusable launch vehicles. > > > > > > >NASA CANCELS CHAMPOLLION >------------------------ >Champollion ST4 was designed to land on the surface of a comet >and study its composition, but now it appears the project won't >be going anywhere. Recent project overruns, and emergency repairs >to Hubble have forced NASA to cut the mission from its plans. >The probe would have launched in 2003, and landed in 2005. > > > > > > >IMAGES OF MARS CAPTURED BY HUBBLE >------------------------ >Thanks to Mars' closest approach to the Earth in over 8 years, >the Hubble Space Telescope was able to take a set of detailed >images of the Red Planet. Hubble captured the images when Mars >was only 87 million km away, and was able to resolve details >on the surface on 12 km across. > > > > > > > >PLANETS WITHOUT STARS COULD STILL CONTAIN LIFE >------------------------ >Planetary scientist David Stevenson believes that Earth-sized >planets ejected from early solar systems could still contain >life, huddled around volcanic vents similar to our own oceans. >Unfortunately, these planets would be almost impossible to detect. > > > > > > > > >ROCK CRYSTAL COULD HAVE BEEN OLDEST TELESCOPE >------------------------ >Professor Giovanni Pettinato of the University of Rome >believes that a rock crystal called the Nimrud lens found >in 1850 by archaeologist Sir John Layard could have been >used for an ancient telescope. The ancient Assyrians astronomers >were renowned for their understanding of the skies, and this >lens could have contributed to their knowledge. > > > > >CHINA CLOSES IN ON MANNED SPACE FLIGHT >------------------------ >China is continuing its ambitious plans to put two men into >space by the end of the year 2000. This is just the first >part of their overall manned space program, which will launch >an independent space station and achieve a lunar landing >early in the next millenium. > > > > >------------------------- >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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