Space News for July 28, 1999

Article written: 28 Jul , 1999
Updated: 23 Mar , 2012
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Safe Landing for Space Shuttle Columbia

After an extremely short mission to deploy the Chandra X-Ray observatory, the Space Shuttle Columbia returned safely to Earth piloted by Eileen Collins – the first woman ever to land a shuttle. Columbia had been in space for five days.

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NASA Could Suffer Drastic Budget Cuts

A House subcommittee has approved a 10% cut of NASA’s annual budget. If this goes through, Administrator Daniel Goldin suggests it will result in mass layoffs, the closure of 2-3 centers, and delay the deployment of the space station.

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NASA Considers Future of Space Travel

Robert Frisbee, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is working on future generations of spacecraft that will help cross interstellar space, including such exotic technologies as antimatter, fusion and solar-sails.

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Study Reveals Less Asteroids Than Previously Thought

At a recent press conference, NASA’s David Rabinowitz said that revised estimates of NEOs (Near Earth Objects) are 50% less than previously thought – with only 500 to 1,000 objects. However, he also went on to mention that we’re due for a damaging collision within the next century.

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