Sunday: December 29, 2002  0001 GMT
Boeing to build third Wideband Gapfiller Satellite
Boeing has been awarded a U.S. Air Force contract option to build a third satellite in the Wideband Gapfiller Satellite program. Each satellite provides the United States and its allies with increased space-based communications capability.
Space station Expedition 10 backup crew named
Astronauts Jeffrey Williams, Sunita Williams and Russian cosmonaut Konstantin Kozeev have been appointed to serve as the backup crew for the International Space Station Expedition 10.
Saturday: December 28, 2002  0258 GMT
Schools' radio-telescope project goes international
Most students at Hohenfels High School in Germany are from U.S. military families posted overseas. Sometimes America can seem far away. This month, the 11th and 12th graders in Joyce Dusenberry's astronomy class at the school made that distance shrink. From their classroom computer, they pointed a large telescope in California to study a place that's really far away: Jupiter.
NASA awards contracts for remote sensing technology
NASA has awarded funding for nine new investigations for technology development of innovative Earth Science remote-sensing instruments, under the Instrument Incubator Program (IIP), to support the mission to understand and protect our home planet.
Friday: December 27, 2002  0012 GMT
Giant X-ray disk sheds light on elliptical galaxies
Astronomers have discovered the largest disk of hot, X-ray emitting gas ever observed in the universe: At 90,000 light years in diameter, it's about 100,000 times the size of any comparable object. The disk, spinning through a distant galaxy, is more than just an interstellar oddity, the researchers say. The object could offer new information about the way certain galaxies form and evolve.
Thursday: December 26, 2002  0100 GMT
Integral's first look at the gamma-ray Universe
The high-energy Universe is a violent place of exploding stars and their collapsed remnants such as the ultra-compressed neutron stars and, at the most extreme, all-consuming black holes. These celestial objects create X-rays and gamma rays that are many times more powerful than the optical radiation we can see with our eyes and optical telescopes.
Artemis nearly there
The end of the final stage of the Artemis recovery is now in sight. Only 700 km orbital height and about 45 days now remain before Artemis will reach geostationary orbit. Artemis is now expected to be in its working position by the end of January 2003.
Proton lofts navigation trio
A Russian Proton rocket and its Block DM upper stage launched three military navigation satellites for the GLONASS constellation Wednesday. Nearly a month ago, a similar upper stage malfunctioned and left a commercial communications satellite in the wrong orbit. Russian officials were able to exonerate the hardware used in Wednesday's mission.
Wednesday: December 25, 2002  0400 GMT
Which ringed planet?
Don't worry - you are not the only one who thought this was a nice amateur photo of planet Saturn, Lord of the Rings in our Solar System! But then the relative brightness and positions of the moons may appear somewhat unfamiliar...and the ring system does look unusually bright when compared to the planetary disk? Well, it is not Saturn.
Tuesday: December 24, 2002  1500 GMT
First elusive 'dark' gamma-ray burst caught
For the first time, scientists -- racing the clock -- have snapped a photo of an unusual type of gamma-ray-burst event one minute after the explosion. They captured a particularly fast-fading type of "dark" burst, which comprises about half of all gamma-ray bursts.
Russia launches secret military payload
Delayed from October after a similar Soyuz rocket exploded at Russia's Plesetsk Cosmodrome, a Molniya M was successfully launched from there Tuesday carrying a classified military cargo dubbed Cosmos 2393. Liftoff reportedly occurred at 1220 GMT (7:20 a.m. EST).
Monday: December 23, 2002  0400 GMT
NASA tests future flight vehicle concepts
A hybrid rocket carrying futuristic space vehicle concepts completed its first flight last week from Wallops Island. The rocket, built by Lockheed Martin, was used to launch a NASA designed payload containing three test articles.
News Archive
Dec. 16-22: Clouds discovered at south pole of Saturn's moon Titan; Workhorse Ariane 4 rocket flies its next to last mission; Titan 2 off till January; Second Delta 4 rocket erected on the launch pad; Young star cluster aglow with mysterious cloud; Six satellite cargos ride Dnepr booster to space.

Dec. 9-15: New Ariane 5 fails; International observatory put into orbit to study Earth; Morgan named to upcoming shuttle mission; Chandra reveals pileup on cosmic speedway; NEAR Shoemaker's silent treatment; Hubble watches galaxies in a destructive dance.

Dec. 2-8: Endeavour shuttles station residents back to Earth; Hubble precisely measures distant planet's true mass; NASA communications relay craft rides Atlas into space; Saturn's moon Titan may hold clues to origin of life; Double bubble in neighboring galaxy.
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