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|News briefs – part 1/1||Major News for 13 March 2004|
Monday announcement: NASA posted a heads-up to editors and reporters yesterday:
The discovery of a mysterious object in our solar system is the topic of a listen-and-log-on news briefing on Monday, March 15, at 1 p.m. EST [1800 UTC]. Dr. Michael Brown, associate professor of planetary astronomy, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. will present his discovery of the most distant object ever detected orbiting the sun.
This may be the "as yet unannounced" Hubble Space Telescope discovery by Brown mentioned in an ABC News story that A/CC noted on February 4th.
Rosetta/occultation news: First noticed at Cosmic Mirror is that Denis Denissenko has posted occultation predictions for 2867 Steins, one of two Main Belt asteroids announced Thursday for visits by the Rosetta mission. The first prediction is only a month away, on April 9th, spanning a region devoid of occultation observers, but an event in August of next year will track across eastern Canada. And the third crosses Europe in 2007, about 19 months before the flyby.
Hubble controversy: The current state of the issue over servicing the Hubble Space Telescope was described at Sky & Telescope yesterday, "Gloves Come Off in Fight to Save Hubble," and at Space.com Thursday and yesterday. NASA headquarters has posted a 100Kb PDF white paper on the subject, and linked to Admiral Harold Gehman's comments, a PDF, on Senator Barbara Mikulski's Web site. Gehman, who heads the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, responded to a request for his advice by saying that "a deep and rich study of the entire gain/risk equation" should be made.
"I hope it ends soon," said Scott Kardel, the observatory's spokesman, as law enforcement officers crawled on top of the white, domed building to scan the area below.