Spaceflight Now: Breaking News
Sunday: January 9, 2000  0719 GMT
Proton failure blamed on engine debris
The official report into the failure of a Proton rocket in October blames the accident on poor workmanship more than six years ago that left debris inside one of the rocket's second stage engines.
Saturday: January 8, 2000  0206 GMT
Mars program independent team begins work
Sixteen experienced engineers, scientists and executives have been named by NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin to form the Mars Program Independent Assessment Team. The team held its initial organizational meeting Friday at NASA Headquarters.
Lockheed Martin, Orbital to build Japanese satellite
NTT DoCoMo has awarded a contract to a Lockheed Martin-led team to build a geosynchronous satellite to serve the mobile communications market in Japan. The team with Orbital Sciences will also provide a ground system and launch vehicle.
Friday: January 7, 2000  0005 GMT
NASA might send shuttle Atlantis to service ISS
International Space Station and shuttle program managers are evaluating the possibility of flying a special mission to the outpost this spring in advance of the launch of the Zvezda service module to perform maintenance.
NASA's IMAGE craft arrives at Vandenberg for launch
Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space has shipped NASA's Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE) spacecraft to the Vandenberg Air Force Base launch site in Central California. It is scheduled for liftoff on Feb. 15 aboard a Delta 2 rocket.
Second NASA X-34 craft reaches assembly milestone
Assembly of the second of NASA's three X-34 rocket research planes reached a major milestone last week with the attachment of its composite wing to its fuselage at Orbital Sciences Corp. facilities in Dulles, Va.
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Dual theories offered on Mars Polar Lander disaster -- (Denver Post) A massive canyon could have swallowed the missing Mars Polar Lander, Jet Propulsion Laboratory officials acknowledged Thursday, but scientists said a catastrophic landing is just one of two scenarios they are investigating.
Thursday: January 6, 2000  0300 GMT
U.S. Air Force satellite to be checked for damage
A $250 million spy satellite might have been damaged recently during routine processing at a Cape Canaveral launch pad, furthering a string of high-dollar failures and mishaps dogging the U.S. Air Force's space efforts.
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Mars Polar Lander may have broke apart -- (AP/Yahoo!) The vanished Mars Polar Lander probably broke apart in a canyon, The Denver Post reported today, citing scientists who suggested the landing site was the reason for NASA's latest failure.

Icy eruptions glimpsed on Pluto's moon -- (USA Today) Perched at the edge of the solar system, Pluto's moon, Charon, may exhibit unexpected geologic activity, say planetary scientists.

Pentagon urged to test satellites -- (AP/Yahoo!) The Pentagon needs to investigate more fully how an adversary could disrupt U.S. military operations with low-power attacks on U.S. satellites, the commander of U.S. Space Command says.

Ex-astronaut to explore South Pole -- (AP/Yahoo!) Former astronaut James Lovell isn't done exploring. The man who flew aboard Apollo 8 and Apollo 13 is heading to the South Pole as a member of a privately funded expedition.

Space may stop drivers from speeding -- (Reuters/Yahoo!) An anti-speeding device which uses space satellite signals and cuts the fuel supply to cars breaking speed limits could save thousands of lives on Britain's roads, scientists say.

Wednesday: January 5, 2000  0626 GMT
Galileo probe eyes five Jovian moons in two days
NASA's Jupiter explorer spacecraft Galileo observed the Jovian moons Europa, Amalthea, Thebe, Metis and Io on Monday and Tuesday. Engineers believe all the science data was successfully recorded on Galileo's onboard tape recorder, which will be transmitted to Earth beginning today.
Shuttle program looks ahead to new year
Work has resumed after a holiday break to ready NASA's fleet of space shuttles for upcoming flights during the first half of 2000. Endeavour will be first up to launch, tentatively on January 31, for a radar mapping mission of Earth.
Tuesday: January 4, 2000  0515 GMT
Galileo completes encounter with Europa
NASA's Galileo spacecraft has kicked off the new year with a successful flyby of Jupiter's icy moon Europa on its 27th orbit around the gas giant since arrival in December 1995. The spacecraft swooped past Europa at an altitude of 351 kilometers (218 miles), about the same altitude the space shuttle orbits Earth.
PanAmSat's Galaxy 10R satellite arrives in Kourou
PanAmSat Corporation announced Monday that less than two weeks after the successful launch of its Galaxy 11 satellite from French Guiana, the company's Galaxy 10R satellite has arrived at the Arianespace launch facility and begun final preparations for liftoff in late January.
Galaxy 10R
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NASA survives Y2K as agency returns to work -- The first business day of the Year 2000 turned up no significant problems in NASA information technology systems.
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U.S. recovers spy system hit by Y2K glitch -- (Reuters/Yahoo!) The United States on Monday recovered full use of a critical spy satellite system, its most significant known casualty of the Year 2000 computer glitch.

Alien mania hits China with UFO sightings -- (AP/Yahoo!) Poor farmers in Beijing's barren hills saw it: an object swathed in colored light arcing heavenward that some say must have been a UFO. They're not alone. People in 12 other Chinese cities reported possible UFO sightings last month.

Monday: January 3, 2000  0015 GMT
Orbital's Pegasus rocket wins 2 more NASA launches
Orbital Sciences has been picked by NASA to launch the Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) and SCISAT-1 satellites on two separate missions in 2002 aboard Pegasus rockets.

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Earlier news
Dec. 27-Jan. 2: Shuttle Discovery lands safely; review of 1999's top space stories and predictions for 2000; NASA survives Y2K computer bug.

Dec. 20-26: Discovery's astronauts successfully repair Hubble; Ariane 4 launches Galaxy 11; Taurus carries Kompsat and Acrimsat satellites into orbit; X-33 aerospike engine fired; Mars Global Surveyor looks for Polar Lander.

Dec. 13-19: Shuttle Discovery finally launched on Hubble servicing mission; NASA's Terra environmental satellite launched on Atlas rocket.

Dec. 6-12: More shuttle delays; Ariane 5 launches ESA's XMM telescope; U.S. Air Force Titan 2 deploys DMSP weather satellite; Mars Polar Lander assumed lost.

Dec. 1-5: Mars Polar Lander arrives at Red Planet but communciations with Earth never occur; Ariane 40 rocket launches Helios 1B; Pegasus rocket deploys seven ORBCOMM satellites; Discovery's mission to Hubble in limbo.

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