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Last Minute Change to Crew Roster for U.S.S. Discovery Mission to Jupiter

Dr. Heywood Floyd announced on Tuesday, January 3, 2001 that there would be a crew change for the upcoming U.S.S. Discovery mission to Jupiter.

    The original crew roster had included Dr. Peter Whitehead as Co-Pilot and Deputy Flight Commander. Dr. Whitehead was previously the commander of the first manned expedition to Mercury and the first man to land at the Sea of Fire on the planet's dark side.

    NCA Director Floyd cited a combination of technical reasons for the change. Dr. Whitehead will now assume Mission Director duties for the Jupiter mission at Antarctic Mission Control which will be the principle control station for the mission.

    Promoted to Co-Pilot and Deputy Flight Commander for the mission will be Dr. Frank Poole. This reduces the total crew of the Discovery mission from 6 to 5 members. This is not expected to present a problem as the onboard HAL9000 computer would be capable of completing the survey mission. (Full Story)

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Is there 'sound' in space? NASA's Cassini spacecraft detected low radio frequencies near Jupiter, which University of Iowa scientists have converted to sound waves to make the patterns audible. Described as sounding "like a troop of howler monkeys battling underwater," the waves, detected when the craft was 6.2 million miles from Jupiter, were in the thin solar wind of charged particles that fills the space between the Sun and its planets. Cassini, a cooperative mission of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency, passed Jupiter Dec. 30 for a gravity boost to reach its ultimate destination, Saturn. (Full Story)

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