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News briefs: November 26
Posted: Tue, Nov 27, 2001, 9:53 AM ET (1453 GMT)
  • C. Patrick DeWitt has been named as the new president of Space Systems/Loral, Space News reported Monday. He will succeed John M. Klineberg, who is retiring from the satellite manufacturer. DeWitt had been the executive vice president of SS/L.
  • NASA will make an announcement today about an extrasolar planet discovery during a 1 pm EST (1800 GMT) news conference. SpaceRef reports that the announcement is likely about the planet previously discovered orbiting HD 209458, or newly-discovered planets orbiting the same star.
  • The 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft has encountered an unusual polar vortex around Mars's north pole, reported Monday. The vortex is creating lower than normal atmospheric pressure in the area, but has not adversely affected the aerobraking the spacecraft is performing in that region to gradually circularize its orbit.
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news in brief
Russia plans to resume crewed Soyuz launches in December
Posted: Sun, Nov 4 9:00 AM ET (1400 GMT)

China launches Beidou satellite
Posted: Sun, Nov 4 8:59 AM ET (1359 GMT)

Dawn mission declared over
Posted: Sun, Nov 4 8:58 AM ET (1358 GMT)

news links
Thursday, November 15
ULA demos Vulcan Centaur rocket assembly, shows new welders
WAAY-TV Huntsville, AL — 5:37 am ET (1037 GMT)
1st Daytime Florida Launch in Months to Bring Heavy Crowds
Spectrum News — 5:35 am ET (1035 GMT)
Humans need Mars as a 'plan B' to avoid extinction, says physicist Michio Kaku
Australian Broadcasting Corporation — 5:31 am ET (1031 GMT)

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