Sunday: September 29, 2002  0023 GMT
NASA uses satellites to distinguish human pollution
Driven by precise new satellite measurements and sophisticated new computer models, a team of NASA researchers is now routinely producing the first global maps of fine aerosols that distinguish plumes of human-produced particulate pollution from natural aerosols.
Thicker storm clouds found over tropics, affect climate
Over warmer ocean waters, tropical storm clouds become thicker, more extensive and reflect more sunlight back into space than they do over cooler waters, NASA researchers report.
Saturday: September 28, 2002  0129 GMT
Space is big, but not big enough
According to Douglas Adams, in his famous book The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, space is big. However, it seems near-Earth space is not big enough. In December 2001, the Space Shuttle pushed the International Space Station away from a discarded Russian rocket booster that was due to pass uncomfortably close. Space litter is a growing problem but smarter satellite design may help in the future.
Titan-bound space probe passes key checkout
The Huygens probe, riding aboard the Saturn-bound Cassini spacecraft, stepped flawlessly through a test run last week of the activities it will perform when it descends through the soupy atmosphere of Titan less than 28 months from now.
Friday: September 27, 2002  0515 GMT
Atlantis to launch outward extension of station truss
After a frustrating summer of work to fix potentially dangerous fuel line cracks, NASA is gearing up to resume shuttle flights Wednesday with launch of the Atlantis on a critical mission to deliver a 14-ton section of the international space station's main solar array truss. Read our comprehensive 7-part mission preview:

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European weather satellite ready for commissioning
The first of EUMETSAT's new generation of weather satellites, MSG-1, has arrived on station 36,000 kilometers above the Earth. MSG has been developed through the close cooperation between the European Space Agency and the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites.
Thursday: September 26, 2002  0314 GMT
Climate model for Earth also describes changes on Mars
Orbit affects climate on Mars similar to the way it affects climate on Earth, say three scientists, who used a model of climate change on Earth to explain the layers of deposits in the polar regions of the Red Planet.
NASA-built atomic clock does the time warp, again
A '70s song by the late singer Jim Croce begins, "If I could save time in a bottle..." And when it comes to atomic clocks-those ultra-precise standard-keepers to which other precision timekeeping devices are set-some do just that.
New Russian resupply ship en route to space station
One day after a used up Russian cargo freighter was discarded from the International Space Station, a new Progress ship blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome Wednesday bound for a weekend linkup with the orbiting complex.
Wednesday: September 25, 2002  0402 GMT
Avoiding the fate of the dinosaurs
Tales of asteroids or comets in a collision course with the Earth are always good to fill space in newspapers during the quiet summer months. Is there any truth in these tales of impending doom and if so, what is ESA doing about it?
Student team hopes to fly equipment on Pluto mission
A group of students from the University of Colorado at Boulder has designed a unique concept to observe dust grains in space that they hope to fly on NASA's mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, a collection of ancient, icy objects located beyond Neptune.
Freighter discarded from the space station
The Russian Progress 8P cargo ship undocked from the aft end of the International Space Station's Zvezda service module at 9:59 a.m. EDT Tuesday. Loaded with trash and unneeded items, the craft departed the station to make way for the arrival of a fresh Progress this weekend. The old freighter will remain in orbit for a couple weeks to make Earth observations using onboard cameras.
Tuesday: September 24, 2002  0340 GMT
Atlantis to launch next week
Technicians continue readying space shuttle Atlantis for liftoff next Wednesday carrying a crew of six and the International Space Station's S1 truss structure. We have posted our usual collection of mission timelines and background info. Use the pull-down menu below to access the pages. A comprehensive mission preview will be posted in a couple days.

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Sky-pervading afterglow of the big bang studied
The universe really is as surprising as scientists have come to suspect it is, according to a discovery that University of Chicago astrophysicists recently announced. The discovery, which astrophysicists have pursued with increasingly sensitive instruments for more than two decades, verifies the theoretical framework that supports modern cosmological theory.
Monday: September 23, 2002  0240 GMT
Shuttle shakeup eyed for cost, safety goals
NASA is moving to change its management and procurement strategy for billions of dollars in shuttle, Station and Space Launch Initiative (SLI) contracts -- including a possible full restructuring of the shuttle program -- in the wake of a Rand Corp. study which found that contract management and safety reform is essential across all U.S. manned space projects.
Delta 4 test to check tweaked ground software
Boeing is planning to run a crucial Delta 4 countdown test this week to check ground software, which officials hope will clear the way for a dramatic engine firing on the launch pad early next month.
Delta 4
Air Force grounds weather satellite launch again
For the second time this year a Titan 2 rocket has been destacked and hauled away from its California launch pad due to troubles with the U.S. military weather satellite it will eventually propel to space.
Titan 2
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