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Sunday: July 9, 2000  0221 GMT
Terra satellite captures hurricane spinning in stereo
With winds reaching 155 mph, this year's Hurricane Carlotta became the second strongest eastern Pacific June hurricane on record. Newly released images from NASA's Terra satellite show the hurricane on the day of its peak intensity.
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Proton rolls to launch pad -- The Russian Proton rocket, with the Zvezda service module loaded aboard, was transported via train to Baikonur Cosmodrome's launch pad 23 on Saturday in preparation for liftoff Wednesday morning.

Science takes balloon ride -- A midnight balloon ride high above the farms and fields of the American West to view the gentle glow of the Earth at night may sound rather romantic. But the ride was pure science, the first of a series of unmanned NASA scientific balloon flights that will measure the UV light illuminating the night sky and that may ultimately help solve the mystery of high-energy cosmic rays.
Saturday: July 8, 2000  0412 GMT
Deep Space 1 probe gets new lease on life
After a potentially mission-ending failure last fall, NASA's Deep Space 1 has been revived. The space agency is now sending the intrepid space probe toward a close encounter with Comet Borrelly in September 2001.
NEAR Shoemaker moves toward lower orbit
A burst from its thrusters on Friday sent NEAR Shoemaker on a weeklong descent toward its closest look yet at asteroid Eros. The craft should reach its 22-mile high orbit on July 14.
NEAR Shoemaker
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Ariane 5 rocket rolls to meet satellite passengers -- Arianespace's next Ariane 5 booster was moved from one building to another in Kourou earlier this week to be fitted with two communications satellites it will launch into space on July 25.
Friday: July 7, 2000  1140 GMT
Proton rocket suffered problem during last launch
A senior official with the Khrunichev State Research and Production Center in Moscow said today an anomaly during launch of a Proton rocket July 5 was minor and would have no impact on plans to launch Zvezda to the international space station.
NASA pleased as its new TDRS satellite adjusts orbit
NASA's newest tracking and communications spacecraft is sailing smoothly through a series of critical maneuvers to achieve its orbital perch above Earth, an official said Thursday.
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U.S. space station lab passes pressure leak checks -- The centerpiece of the scientific section of the International Space Station, the U.S. Destiny Laboratory, has completed a stay of seven days in a high-altitude vacuum chamber. The successful completion of vacuum testing is an important milestone before its January launch.
Thursday: July 6, 2000  0401 GMT
A cosmic searchlight beckons to Hubble's eyes
Streaming out from the center of the galaxy M87 like a cosmic searchlight is one of nature's most amazing phenomena, a black-hole powered jet of electrons and protons traveling at nearly the speed of light.
Scientists debate where to crash Galileo space probe
How should the highly successful voyage of NASA's Galileo spacecraft to Jupiter end? More importantly, where should controllers guide the probe to avoid polluting the jovian system? These questions were recently posed to scientists.
Sail technology beamed to future space exploration
In two breakthrough developments, NASA scientists have beamed microwaves and laser energy to "fill" lightweight sails in laboratory demonstrations of how these technologies might provide propulsion for interstellar exploration.
Laser sail
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First paradrop at Haughton Crater successful -- (SpaceRef) A Hercules C-130 ("Herc") transport has made the first paradrop of equipment and supplies at Haughton Crater on Devon Island. The plane then headed back to Resolute to pick up a second load.

Hard line urged with Russia on space debt -- (The Huntsville Times) Some House and Senate lawmakers want to force NASA to take a tougher line with its Russian partners on the International Space Station. They're want the agency's chief to try to get goods and services from Russia to equal the $1.2 billion or so in extra station hardware NASA has been forced to buy because Russia's equipment has been repeatedly delayed.

Wednesday: July 5, 2000  1000 GMT
Proton rocket cleared to launch space station module
With the successful launch last night by an upgraded Russian Proton rocket, technicians at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan have begun fueling the Zvezda service module for its journey into orbit next week, NASA spokesman Carlos Fontanot reports from Moscow.
New scope sees distorted arcs, 'invisible' galaxies
The Isaac Newton Group Red Imaging Device has seen its first light on the William Herschel Telescope. The observatory provides astronomers with the opportunity to make large field of view, deep near-infrared observations of the universe, as demonstrated by the images achieved on the first night of scientific use.
Abell 2218
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Galileo still beaming home data from Io encounter -- NASA's Galileo spacecraft continues to return data acquired during the probe's February 22 flyby of Jupiter's volcanic moon Io. This was the lowest-altitude flyby of Io ever.
Tuesday: July 4, 2000  0545 GMT
Report: Chinese ready to test enhanced manned craft
China is nearing readiness to launch a much more high-tech version of its older Shenzhou spacecraft, published news reports say. The new capsule is designed to carry up to three "taikonauts" on a manned spaceflight.
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NASA says computer hacker never endangered astronauts -- News reports that a computer hacker endangered the lives of Space Shuttle astronauts during a 1997 mission are wrong. A report from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) said a hacker compromised NASA computers, endangering the lives of American astronauts.

Birds inspire formation-flying satellites -- The Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research have rolled out plans for a revolutionary new system of "formation-flying" satellites that can quickly adapt to rapidly changing mission requirements. And they got the idea by watching a flock of birds.
Monday: July 3, 2000  0350 GMT
Arianespace gears up for next Ariane 5 launch
Activities at the Guiana Space Center at Kourou, French Guiana are in full swing in preparation for Arianespace's upcoming Ariane 506 rocket launch. Liftoff is scheduled for July 25.
Ariane 5 launch
World's seventh space camp opens in Turkey
Former astronaut Scott Carpenter was among those present for the opening of the world's seventh space camp recently. Located in the Aegean Free Zone, Space Camp Turkey offers children a combination of space science education and entertainment.
Space Camp
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The ethics of outer space -- The European Space Agency and UNESCO have prepared a joint report on the ethics of space. It will be presented to the media on July 10 in Paris by Professor Alain Pompidou, former Member of the European Parliament, and Antonio Rodota, ESA's Director General.

Earlier news
June 26-July 2: Mars could harbor much more water than thought; Digital radio satellite launched; Atlas lofts TDRS-H for NASA; Hubble uncovers details in gamma-ray burst galaxy; Cosmos-3M launch.

June 19-25: NASA finds evidence of liquid water on Mars; Salty meteorite says Mars had Earth-like oceans; First 'space tourist' goes public; ESO finds 8 new exoplanets; Proton launch.

June 12-18: First space tourist announced; Delta 3 rocket to make demonstration flight; Russian cosmonauts depart Mir; Sugar discovered in space.

June 5-11: Extensive black hole news; Pegasus launches TSX-5; NEAR instrument shut down; Clues to origin of Hale-Bopp; Rocketcams.

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