Friday, July 29, 2005 via SPACE.com
Greg Olsen Back on Track to Be Third Space TouristBy Michael Schirber
posted: July 28, 2005
1:00 p.m. ET
It was announced Wednesday that technology entrepreneur, Gregory Olsen, has been confirmed to the Soyuz TMA-7 crew, which is scheduled for an October 1 launch. Olsen would become the third space tourist to go to the International Space Station (ISS) and the first since the Columbia Space Shuttle tragedy.
As was the case with the two previous space tourists, Dennis Tito and Mark Shuttleworth, Space Adventures—a space tourism firm based in Arlington, Va.—brokered Olsen’s $20-million-dollar space flight.
“The last and final nail is in the door, so he’s going,” said Eric Anderson, president and CEO of Space Adventures. “They’re making a customized seat for him in the Soyuz, and he has his own space suit.”
Large New World Discovered Beyond NeptuneBy Robert Roy Britt
Senior Science Writer
posted: 29 July 2005
11:08 am ET
A newfound object in our solar system's outskirts may be larger than any known world after Pluto, scientists said today.
It also has a moon.
Designated as 2003 EL61, the main object in the two-body system is 32 percent as massive as Pluto and is estimated to be about 70 percent of Pluto's diameter.
Other news reports that the object could be twice as big as Pluto are false, according to two astronomers who found the object in separate studies and another expert who has analyzed the data.
If the mass is only one-third that of Pluto, then theory holds that it can't be larger than Pluto, according to Brian Marsden of the Minor Planet Center, which serves as a clearinghouse for data on all newfound objects in the solar system.
Marsden, who was not involved in the discovery but has reviewed the data, told SPACE.com that the mass estimate is very firm, within 1 or 2 percent. 'I don’t think it is bigger than Pluto,' he said.
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