First Multi-Planet Star System Discovered
Astronomers have discovered a group of three Jupiter-sized planets orbiting around the star Upsilon Andromedae. This is the first ever multiple planet star system found – all previous 18 extrasolar planets have been unique to their star system.
Landsat 7 Successfully Launches
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Launched aboard a Boeing Delta 2 rocket, the Landsat 7 earth observational satellite was successfully placed into a polar orbit. The satellite will orbit the Earth every 16 days, and document environmental conditions and changes in climate.
Swatch Abandons Plans to Launch Satellite
Under tremendous pressure from amateur ratio enthusiasts, Swatch has abandoned its plans to launch a communications satellite from Mir. The satellite would have broadcast advertisements on the specific frequency used by ham operators – sort of a radio spam. Swatch has moved its message to the Internet instead.
More Globalstar Satellites Launched
Globalstar continues to build its satellite network with Wednesday’s launch of four more telecommunications satellites from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Globalstar plans to have a complete network of 48 satellites by the end of the year.