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2006-01-20 20:50:00

By Frank Scheck NEW YORK -- The scariest thing about "Underworld: Evolution" is its audience. At the first show on opening day at New York's Loews Cineplex E-Walk Friday (there were, naturally, no advance press screenings), a good percentage of the audience walked out shortly before the conclusion. It's not that they were visibly unhappy with the film, but rather because they were reasonably sure, having seen the chief villain get obliterated in the climactic fight scene, that there would be...

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2006-01-19 13:22:19

TANEGASHIMA, Japan -- First, a technical glitch forced the launch date to be set back. Then a thunderstorm came in and hit this remote island in southern Japan with buckets of rain and howling winds. Fighting to get back on schedule after a fiery failure two years ago and running well behind China is Asia's budding space race, Japan's space agency is praying for sunshine - and a little bit of luck. "Weather is our main problem right now, but you have to always keep the other possible...

2005-12-29 21:00:00

BEIJING (Reuters) - A manned Chinese mission to the moon is still a long way off, a state newspaper said on Friday. "Sending a man to the moon? It would be a one-way ticket if we do it now, given the thrust of our rockets at present is not strong enough," the China Daily quoted Luan Enjie, head of the country's lunar exploration programme, as saying. Planning for China's lunar exploration project has been underway since early 2004. China launched its first man into space in 2003, and in...

2005-12-29 08:20:00

BEIJING -- China's plans to send a spacecraft around the moon have reached a new stage, with the unmanned orbiter and rocket entering production and testing, China's top aerospace official said on Thursday. Luan Enjie, commander of China's "round the moon" project, said the Chang'e 1 Lunar Orbiter and a launch rocket are being assembled and tested, and the launch site and command system are also taking shape, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Luan said the craft is still on schedule...

2005-10-31 14:16:09

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia and China may cooperate in a lunar exploration program that would culminate with a manned moon mission within less than two decades, the Interfax news agency quoted a Russian space official as saying Monday. China has asked Russia to help with an unmanned lunar probe program, Interfax quoted Federal Space Agency deputy chief Yuri Nosenko as saying in China ahead of a meeting between the two countries' prime ministers in Beijing on Wednesday. That Chinese program, which...

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2005-09-26 14:37:15

ESA -- ESA's SMART-1 mission in orbit around the Moon has had its scientific lifetime extended by ingenious use of its solar-electric propulsion system (or "Ëœion engine'). In February this year, the SMART-1 mission was granted financial support to extend the mission by one year, starting at the end of July 2005. However, whether SMART-1 could actually survive that length of time all depended on the propulsion system, the ion engine, and the small amount of xenon fuel left on...

2005-09-08 12:33:47

TOKYO (AP) - An advisory panel recommended that Japan build a new launch pad for its space program overseas because its current one is restricted by local fishing concerns, a report said Wednesday. The committee, organized under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, urged the government to consider sites such as Christmas Island in the Pacific archipelago of Kiribati, Kyodo News Agency reported, citing ministry officials it did not identify. Japan's current space center, on the...

2005-08-15 22:37:55

BEIJING (Reuters) - China plans to launch its first unmanned lunar flight by 2007 in a three-phase mission that aims to bring back rock samples, state media said on Tuesday. In the second stage, a lunar vehicle would land on the moon by 2012 and by 2017 the rock samples could be collected, the report said quoting aerospace officials. "Scientists hope to get to know the moon's environment and analyze the composition of lunar rocks," the China Daily quoted Luan Enjie, chief commander...

2005-08-15 22:35:00

BEIJING -- China plans to launch its first unmanned lunar flight by 2007 in a three-phase mission that aims to bring back rock samples, state media said on Tuesday. In the second stage, a lunar vehicle would land on the moon by 2012 and by 2017 the rock samples could be collected, the report said quoting aerospace officials. "Scientists hope to get to know the moon's environment and analyze the composition of lunar rocks," the China Daily quoted Luan Enjie, chief commander of China's lunar...

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2005-06-08 13:25:00

ESA -- Thanks to measurements by the D-CIXS X-ray spectrometer, ESA's SMART-1 spacecraft has made the first ever unambiguous remote-sensing detection of calcium on the Moon. SMART-1 is currently performing the verification and calibration of its instruments, while it runs along its science orbit, reaching 450 kilometres from the Moon at its closest distance. During this calibration phase, which precedes the actual science observations phase, the SMART-1 scientists are getting acquainted with...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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