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News briefs: March 27
Posted: Thu, Mar 28, 2002, 8:57 AM ET (1357 GMT)
  • Boeing announced Wednesday that it plans to pursue a multibillion dollar contract for the next generation of military communications satellites. Boeing will lead a consortium that includes ViaSat, Hughes Network Systems, and TRW to win the Mobile User Objective System satellite contract. The Navy will select two teams for further studies before choosing a winning proposal in 2003.
  • The European Space Agency is seeking comments from scientists about changes to its long-term science program. Cuts in funding for the program made by ESA late last year have forced to reevaluate their existing program. ESA is interested in alternatives to its default scenario, which would result in the cancellation of the Venus Express, Eddington, and Solar Orbiter missions.
  • The color of the universe keeps changing. The Boston Globe reported this week that astronomers have again revised their estimate of the color of the universe, derived by combining the light of 200,000 galaxies. Originally reported to be a shade of turquoise, it was revised earlier this month to be a shade of beige; astronomers working with color scientists have now decided that salmon, a pinkish shade, is the more appropriate color.
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