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News briefs: January 4
Posted: Sat, Jan 5, 2002, 10:40 PM ET (0340 GMT)
  • Sirius Satellite Radio announced plans this week to raise $158 million in a secondary stock offering. The offering will give the company, which will begin its satellite digital radio service this year, enough funding to continue operations into 2003.
  • The Canadian Space Agency has expressed an interest in cooperating with NASA on a future Mars mission, the National Post newspaper reported Friday. Canadian contributions to NASA's proposed 2007 Smart Lander mission could range from sensors for the landing system to drilling equipment.
  • NASA's Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUVE) spacecraft could reenter the Earth's atmosphere as soon as this month, according to an email message sent to scientists formerly involved with the mission. The spacecraft's altitude has decayed to 302 km, from its original 527 km, and its decay is expected to accelerate once it drops below 300 km. The spacecraft, launched in 1992, ended its mission in January 2001. It was expected to reenter this summer.
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