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New Planets Discovered!

Thursday, June 13, 2002

After 15 years of observation and lots of patience, the world's premier planet-hunting team has finally found a planetary system that reminds them of our home solar system. Dr. Geoffrey Marcy of the University of California, Berkeley and Dr. Paul Butler of the Carnegie Institution of Washington discovered a Jupiter-like planet orbiting a Sun-like star at nearly the same distance as Jupiter orbits our Sun.

More: NASA News Release - Newfound Planetary System Has A Hometown Look

More: Science@NASA - Extraterrestrial Jupiter

More: Space.com - Jupiter-Like Planet Could Point to Another Earth

Link: California & Carnegie Planet Search - discoverers of the planetary system

Solar Eclipse

Monday, June 10, 2002

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Solar Eclipse

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Several USGS folks joined the huge crowd that turned out for the Coconino Astromical Society's (CAS) Monday evening star party to view the partial solar eclipse on McMillan Mesa near the USGS Flagstaff Field Center. The eclipse started around 5:20 pm local time, peaked at approximately 6:25 pm, and ended around 7:20 pm. CAS chose the mesa as one of the clearer views to the horizon to watch the eclipse as the sun set. (Photos courtesy Deborah Lee Soltesz)


Link: Coconino Astronomical Society -

Link: Science@NASA - Eclipse Gallery


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Lunar Training Rover Returns to Flagstaff

Saturday, June 8, 2002

USGS and Museum personnel unload the rover after its trip from Alamagordo, New Mexico

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Grover (Geologic Rover) was returned to the USGS Astrogeology Research Program after a 19 year loan to the New Mexico Museum of Space History. The rover was used for training Apollo astronauts at the Cinder Lakes, Flagstaff, training grounds.

Link: New Mexico Museum of Space History -

Link: USGS Astro - Astronaut Training in Flagstaff

Link: Arizona Daily Sun - Newspaper coverage of the event


Shuttle Launch

Wednesday, June 5, 2002

STS-111 launched Wednesday 5 June 2002 after delays caused by a weather and a faulty valve on the Space Shuttle Endeavour. STS-111 is the 14th shuttle mission to visit the International Space Station. Endeavour will carry the Expedition Five crew to the station and return the Expedition Four crew to Earth. Also, riding in Endeavour is the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, which contains science equipment and supplies for the station...

More: NASA Human Spaceflight - Space Shuttle

More: NASA KSC Countdown Online - Kennedy Space Center is offering enhanced web coverage of the STS-111 mission