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News briefs: March 4
Posted: Tue, Mar 5, 2002, 8:08 AM ET (1308 GMT)
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation and the Brazilian Space Agency have signed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate cooperation between the two agencies. The MOU, signed March 1, will allow the two space agencies to work together on projects such as satellites, sounding rockets, and ground stations.
  • NASA appointed two people to key agency positions on Monday. NASA named Mary E. Kicza, the associate director of NASA Goddard, as the new associate administrator for biological and physical research. Kicza will be responsible for managing basic and applied research related to human spaceflight. NASA also named Frederick Gregory as the permanent associate administrator for space flight; the former astronaut had filled the office on an interim basis since December. His deputy, astronaut William Reddy, has been given expanded responsibilities for management of the human exploration and development of space (HEDS) program.
  • The SETI@home program has suffered a bandwidth crunch in recent weeks, the Daily Californian newspaper reported. SETI@home has used as much as 25 megabits per second of the University of California Berkeley's 70-megabit connection in the past, but the growth of other network traffic on the campus has forced cutbacks in SETI@home's allotment, preventing some users from getting new work units in a timely manner. The project has agreed to purchase 10 megabits of network capacity for $3,000/month on a temporary basis to guarantee some bandwidth for users.
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