‘Black holes’ are truly black. When an object gets within a certain distance from a black hole, it will get swallowed forever with no chance to escape. That includes light, which means that black holes do not shine.
An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) NA1SS special event to commemorate Roy Neal, K6DUE (SK), gets under way Saturday, November 29, with an ISS pass over the US West Coast. ARISS International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, says ARISS has provided ISS Expedition 8 Commander Mike Foale, KB5UAC, with a list of potential passes for the November 29-30 weekend. (See the ARRL Web site
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2003/11/26/3/ for frequencies and pass times.)
The great white expanse of Antarctica experienced the eerie darkness of a total solar eclipse late Sunday night. A lucky few people had reached the scene by icebreaker to see it happen – their route mapped out for them by Envisat satellite imagery.
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On Monday, December 1, 2003, at 10 a.m. EST, NASA will host the second in a series of six educational webcasts with the NASA Earth Crew. The Crew is an audience of more than 55,000 students and families from across the country that joined the new initiative through online registration since January.
ESA’s Mars Express probe is scheduled to arrive at Mars at Christmas : the Beagle 2 lander is expected to touch down on the surface of the Red Planet during the night of 24 to 25 December.
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The AMOS 2 broadcasting and communications satellite is undergoing final checkout at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in preparation for its launch on a Starsem Soyuz-Fregat vehicle next month.
Originally planned for a mission aboard Ariane 5, AMOS 2 was rescheduled for a Soyuz-Fregat flight in agreement with the satellite’s operator, Spacecom Ltd.
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There is a place where, no matter what you eat during the holidays, you’ll never gain any weight.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are preparing for the fourth holiday season on the zero gravity research laboratory. Although the food is not mom’s home cooking, today’s selections are a huge advance over the “tubes and cubes” of the first meals in orbit more than 40 years ago.
Japanese fifth-and sixth-grade students will have the opportunity to have a dialogue with the Expedition 8 crew of the International Space Station during an educational television downlink Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. EST.
The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), NASA and the Nankai Broadcasting Corporation (RNB) in Matsuyama City, Japan, will hold the program allowing approximately 500 students to participate. Students will have the opportunity to ask the Expedition 8 crew about science and the Space Station.
A public-private partnership, working to develop tools for a better Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS), has chosen Danville Regional Airport, Danville, Va. as the location to test technologies that could improve general aviation and make air travel more accessible to more people.
Veteran NASA astronaut William S. McArthur Jr., a retired U.S. Army colonel, and Russian Air Force Colonel Valery I. Tokarev are the next crew for the International Space Station.
McArthur and Tokarev trained as backups for the current Station crew. They will launch to the Station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft in April 2004.