Military Satellite in Incorrect Orbit
Military officials have confirmed that the Defense Support Program satellite entered an incorrect orbit after its launch on a Titan IV on Friday. This foul-up follows the previous ill-fated Titan IV launch that exploded in August. Engineers are attempting to reposition the satellite.
NASA Considers All-Female Crews
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While only 25% of NASA’s current astronauts are women, the space agency is considering the benefits of an all-female crew – including research into bone loss and radiation. Others see it just as a media ploy.
Mir Space Walk to Patch Holes
Still damaged from a collision with a cargo ship in 1997, Mir crewmembers are planning a spacewalk to repair several holes in the Spektr module with a “space patch kit”. The spacewalkers will also deploy and retrieve other experiments attached to the outside of the space station.
Russia Working on Service Module for Space Station
Construction of the International Space Station will move into its third phase when the Russian Service Module is transferred to the Baikonur cosmodrome next month. Engineers will then require eight months at the site to prepare the station module for launch.