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News briefs: June 3
Posted: Tue, Jun 4, 2002, 7:50 AM ET (1150 GMT)
  • Astronomers reported Monday that they have seen for the first time evidence of a star cluster being ripped apart by the Milky Way galaxy. German astronomers said observations of the globular cluster Palomar 5 show that it is being torn apart by tidal forces created by the strong gravity of the Milky Way's core. Astronomers believe that the cluster has lost more stars than it has retained.
  • A majority of the finalists for the design of the Florida state quarter feature space, collectSPACE reported Monday. Seventeen of the 26 designs chosen by a committee include a space shuttle and/or an astronaut. The final design, after review by Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the US Mint, will be selected by Florida residents for the quarter, which will enter circulation in 2004.
  • IBM and NASA will develop an "interactive collaboration tool" to allow scientists involved with the Mars Exploration Rover missions to work together more efficiently. The "MERBoards" will allow team members to display and annotate information using large displays. The MERBoards, developed at NASA Ames, were inspired by a similar project at IBM.
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