spacetoday.net: space news from around the webin association with SpaceNews


NASA announces Discovery mission finalists
Posted: Thu, Jan 4, 2001, 11:31 PM ET (0431 GMT)
NASA has selected proposals to study asteroids, Jupiter, and extrasolar planets as the finalists for the next Discovery-class planetary science mission, the space agency announced Thursday. From 26 proposals submitted last August, NASA has selected three for further study: Dawn, a mission to orbit the asteroids Ceres and Vesta; INSIDE Jupiter, a Jupiter orbiter that would map the planet's magnetic and gravity fields in an effort to study the giant planet's interior structure; and Kepler, a space telescope that would search for Earth-sized planets around other stars. Kepler and INSIDE Jupiter have been submitted to past rounds of the Discovery program, while Dawn appears to be a new proposal. One mission will be selected later this year for full funding, with a September 2006 launch deadline and budget of $299 million. NASA also said Thursday it was funding a "mission of opportunity" to provide seismic and wind sensors for the French "NetLander" mission, a network of four spacecraft that will land on Mars in 2007.
<<previous article   next article>>
news in brief

"Monster" planet puzzles astronomers
Posted: Sun, Nov 5 10:14 AM ET (1514 GMT)

Chairman of House Science Committee to retire
Posted: Sun, Nov 5 10:13 AM ET (1513 GMT)

news links
Thursday, November 16
Delta II rocket launch at Vandenberg AFB rescheduled for early Saturday morning
KSBY-TV San Luis Obispo, CA — 12:03 am ET (0503 GMT)
Long Beach-based Virgin Orbit scores Department of Defense deal
Long Beach (CA) Press-Telegram — 12:02 am ET (0502 GMT)


about spacetoday.net   ·   info@spacetoday.net   ·   mailing list