Global Surveyor Builds Mars Map
Still orbiting the Red Planet, Mars Global Surveyor has been busy providing data for a three-dimensional map of the surface. This new topological map will show the altitude of every point on Mars to an accuracy of 42 feet.
Discovery Launch Successful
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After a six month launch hiatus, the Space Shuttle Discovery roared into the sky from Cape Canaveral yesterday. This will be the first of 4 missions planned for this year, and is primarily focused on stocking the International Space Station with supplies. Discovery will return in 10 days.
British Businessman Backs Down from Mir Trip
Originally planning to make a trip to Mir to help raise funds for a Russian hospital, British businessman Peter Llewellyn will not be going. The Russian space agency planning to train the new cosmonaut said he was declined because it appears that he won’t be providing the $100 million that the agency was expecting.
Message Sent to the Stars
A commercial group has successfully beamed an international signal from a radio telescope in the Southern Ukraine. Aimed a four nearby star systems, the message included a rebroadcast of an original message sent 25 years ago, a “Rosetta Stone”, containing images and mathematical proofs, as well as messages from 50,000 paying participants.