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News briefs: March 30-31
Posted: Mon, Apr 1, 2002, 8:37 AM ET (1337 GMT)
  • Heinz Stubblefield, the chief financial officer of XM Satellite Radio, has resigned, the company announced Friday. Company officials said Stubblefield's resignation had nothing to do with a report by the company's auditor that the company may not have enough money to continue operating through this year without additional investment.
  • Thursday's launch of the shuttle Atlantis will be the first that uses three upgraded space shuttle main engines (SSMEs). The Block 2 SSMEs feature a number of design changes intended to make the engines safer and more reliable. A single Block 2 SSME was flown on the STS-104 and STS-108 flights last year.
  • The basic building blocks of life may have formed in interstellar space, scientists recently reported. In a pair of papers published in the latest issue of Nature, scientists said that they were able to create amino acids by bombarding the constituents of interstellar gas clouds with ultraviolet light. Since solar systems form from such clouds, scientists conclude that any new solar system should be seeded with the essential compounds from which life can form.
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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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