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News briefs: December 21
Posted: Sat, Dec 22, 2001, 10:15 AM ET (1515 GMT)
  • Integral Systems announced Friday that it is acquiring Newpoint Technologies, a New Hampshire developer of satellite and terrestrial network systems. Newpoint will continue to operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Integral.
  • Giant arcs of hot gas in a distant galaxy could be the aftermath of a "cycle of violence" triggered by gas falling into a supermassive black hole, astronomers said this week. The arcs of gas, with temperatures approaching 10 million degrees, extend 25,000 light-years in the elliptical galaxy NGC 4636.
  • Astronaut Mike Massimino will carry an unusual item with him into space when he flies on the shuttle Columbia early next year on STS-109: a New York Mets baseball jersey. Massimino, a lifelong Mets fan, was given the jersey by veteran relief pitcher John Franco. "Coming out of the bullpen sometimes, I feel like I'm in space," Franco told the New York Times.
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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
Tuesday, November 13
Comment: Is Rocket Lab even a New Zealand company?
Newstalk ZB (New Zealand) — 6:34 am ET (1134 GMT)
Rocket Lab Debuts Low-Cost Rocket in First Commercial Launch
Popular Mechanics — 6:33 am ET (1133 GMT)
Rocket-maker ArianeGroup to cut 2,300 jobs
AFP — 6:31 am ET (1131 GMT)
Fleet Space sends Australia's first commercial mini-satellites into orbit
Business News Australia — 6:31 am ET (1131 GMT)

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