11/18/2004:

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Electrodynamic Tethers: Getting into the Swing - SpaceDaily  An electrodynamic tether (EDT) is a simple idea, but one with an amazing number of uses. An EDT system is made up of two masses in orbit connected by a long, flexible, electrically conductive cable; the tether is essentially a wire that moves through the magnetic field of the Earth (or another planet or large body). An EDT powered by solar cells can raise a satellite to a higher orbit without using any propellant. 
Iran Boasts It Can Mass-Produce Shahab-3 - SpaceDaily  Left:  File image of a Shahab-3 missile test in preparation.  Iran is capable of mass-producing the Shahab-3, a ballistic missile capable of hitting Israel, Defence Minister Ali Shamkhani said Tuesday. Iran has recently upgraded the Shahab-3 ballistic missile - believed to be based on a North Korean design - and some officials have said it now has a range of at least 2,000 kilometres (about 1,200 miles). Shamkhani also denied that Iran was interested in developing a missile capable of reaching Europe, something Iran's regional arch-enemy Israel has warned of. "We have mastered the technology... ", Shamkhani was also quoted as saying.

New NASA-Japanese Telescope Images Uncharted Wavelengths - SpaceDaily  Left:  The first "hard X-ray" image of a celestial object, a pulsar system called 4U 0115+63. This is a false-color image showing X-ray intensity from white (brightest) to blue (faintest). This is a two-star system, in which a pulsar (about 20 miles across) orbits star larger than our Sun. From our distant vantage point, the system appears as a single point. The structure seen here - glowing in X-rays at the 20-40 kilo-electron-volt energy level, thousands of times more energetic than optical light - is not visible to optical telescopes. X-rays are generated when gas from the Sun-like star falls towards and onto the pulsar, attracted by the dense pulsars strong gravity. Credit: NASA/Nagoya University.  Scientists using an experimental X-ray telescope suspended from a balloon have captured a unique picture of a pulsar shining in high-energy "hard" X-rays.  





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