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News briefs: April 10
Posted: Thu, Apr 11, 2002, 8:18 AM ET (1218 GMT)
  • Pop star and would-be space tourist Lance Bass said he plans to undergo additional medical tests to gain clearance to take a Soyuz flight, SPACE.com reported Wednesday. Bass, in an interview on MTV, said he has another week and a half of medical tests to perform. Bass is trying to free up time during the current tour of his band, *NSYNC, to perform some of the tests in US, with the remainder taking place in Russia.
  • The US plans to cooperate with other countries to develop a global network of weather information, Space News reported Wednesday. NOAA administrator Conrad Lautenbacher did not identify the countries the US planned to work with, but identified China and India as two countries with "robust" space efforts that could participate. The US already closely cooperates with Europe in the exchange of meteorological information.
  • There may be up to a billion Earth-like planets in the galaxy, according to studies by British astronomers. Two Open University astronomers used models of solar system formation to make that determination. Astronomers said it may be at least 10-15 years before any Earth-like planets are discovered, however.
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