The privately-launched Cygnus cargo ship delivered critical supplies as well as long-awaited gifts from the astronauts' families

Space satellites to study effect of Sun's lethal wind

A flying formation of four identical satellites will be launched by the European Space Agency later this month to watch the weather in space and study the effect on the Earth of storms on the surface of the Sun.

Observation tower offers a global perspective

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Boom time for the evangelists

About 200 people a day are joining churches in the spiritual 1990s and offsetting the number leaving disillusioned. Figures in the latest edition of the UK Christian Handbook show most of the growth is in evangelical churches.

Granada considers satellite channel


A lesson in mocking the afflicted

The Nineties so far have seen an enormous growth in the business of meta-television - TV that's about TV and nothing else. And here comes Peter Richardson's The Glam Metal Detectives (9pm BBC2). About 20 minutes of each show is a channel-hopping parody of satellite TV, sandwiched around instalments in the adventures of the Glam Metal Detectives themselves.

Blowin' in the supersonic wind

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Ariane take-off

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First issue

The Asian Age, a new newspaper for Britain's two-million- strong Asian community, is launched today using satellite technology to receive news published in Delhi and Bombay.

Ariane fails

Europe's 63rd Ariane rocket carrying two French-made satellites failed to reach oribit after launch, Reuter reports from Kourou, French Guiana. 'The third stage stopped working in flight,' Charles Bigot, Arianespace's president, said. It was the first failure in 28 launches.

Space calling earth

The European Space Agency has developed technology to transmit data directly from one satellite to another using lasers. This will allow a satellite to transmit direct to its controlling earth station via another satellite rather than via different earth stations. The agency plans to launch a telecommunications satellite, Artemis, in 1996 with an optical laser terminal for exchanging data with other satellites. The first test of the technology will come when the Spot 4 remote-sensing satellite is launched in 1997. Because of its orbit, Spot 4 would not be able to send its image data to any one ground station for more than 10 minutes at a time. When linked to Artemis, it will be able to transmit direct to its earth station in France.

Offer to take Nu-Swift private: Deal values USM-listed fire extinguisher company at pounds 147m

JACQUES MURRAY, the millionaire French entrepreneur, yesterday tabled a formal offer to take Nu- Swift, the USM-quoted fire extinguisher company, private, writes Neil Thapar.

Scientists find way of detecting space junk

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Satellite TV criticised over sex and violence: Broadcasting Standards Council calls for more controls

SATELLITE television should exercise more control over how much sex, violence and bad language it screens, the Broadcasting Standards Council said yesterday on the publication of two new monitoring studies.

Letter: Beyond powers of Swift

TV CRITIC Allison Pearson ('Shock, horror, spoof, shame', 4 April) claims that Jonathan Swift wrote A Modest Proposal in 1792. Such a feat would have been beyond the powers of even Swift, who died in 1745.
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