Completion of Initial Critical Phase of ADEOS-II (Midori-II)

The National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) confirmed that the Advanced Earth Observing Satellite II (ADEOS-II “Midori-II”), which was launched from Tanegashima Space Center on 14 December 2002 at 10:31 am (Japan Standard Time), deployed an antenna for inter-satellite communications on 17 December at 9:25 am (JST), started the attitude control by wheel control at around 11:08 am and maintaining its attitude stably.
Continue reading

YOUNG STAR CLUSTER FOUND AGLOW WITH MYSTERIOUS CLOUD

Astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory discovered a mysterious cloud of high-energy electrons enveloping a young cluster of stars. The extremely high-energy particles could cause dramatic changes in the chemistry of the disks that will eventually form planets around stars in the cluster.
Continue reading

New Pointing Procedures for RADARSAT-1

Saint-Hubert, December 18, 2002 – The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) temporarily discontinued RADARSAT-1 imaging operations on November 27 due to a deteriorating Attitude Control System that affects the satellite’s ability to deliver precise imaging to global clients. The CSA expects to resume routine satellite imaging operations in the last week of December.
Continue reading

CREEPY CRAWLERS MAY UNRAVEL WEB OF PLANETARY MYSTERIES

Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif., created a micro robot reminiscent of the childhood character Charlotte from “Charlotte’s Web.” Dubbed “spider-bot” for its spider-like appearance, this itsy-bitsy, high-tech critter may one day chart the terrain on other planets and explore smaller bodies, such as comets, asteroids or the Moon.
Continue reading

Canadian Research on Bone Loss in Space

Experience and science experiments have shown that while in microgravity, astronauts can loose up to 2% of their bone mass per month. In October 1998 a research project named OSTEO (Osteoporosis Experiments in Orbit) took place on board Space Shuttle Discovery using a Canadian-made cell culture system to measure bone loss in space.
Continue reading