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News briefs: December 31-January 1
Posted: Wed, Jan 2, 2002, 10:05 AM ET (1505 GMT)
  • Japan may be considering building a manned spacecraft, according to a report published Tuesday in the Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun. The vehicle would take 10-15 years to develop at a cost of up to 700 billion yen (US$5.3 billion). It's not clear if this report is related to an earlier report by another Japanese newspaper that the NASDA space agency was considering developing a manned spacecraft to be launched on a H-2A booster that could carry up to five passengers.
  • NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft is continuing its aerobraking and should be ready to begin scientific operations in its final orbit by next month. Two months of aerobraking have changed Odyssey's orbit from its initial elliptical 18.5-hour orbit to a more circular 3.25-hour orbit. Aerobraking will continue until the spacecraft is in a circular two-hour 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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