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Submission + - Airbus A380 Makes Commercial Maiden Flight (nwsource.com)

Seismologist writes: The Seattle Time reports:

A new era dawned in aviation Thursday when the Airbus A380, some 18 months late but creating the kind of buzz not heard in passenger jet travel in nearly 40 years, made its maiden commercial flight from Singapore to Sydney, Australia.

Painted in the gold and blue livery of Singapore Airlines, the plane that Airbus has called the flagship of the 21st century carried 35 crew members, including four pilots, and 455 passengers, some of whom paid a bundle in an online auction for seats on the historic flight — more than $100,000 in one case.


Submission + - Pioneer anomaly

KellyYoung writes: "The Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft gave us some of the earliest close-up pictures of the outer planets. They also gave us a curious puzzle now known as the Pioneer anomaly. http://space.newscientist.com/article/dn11304-comp uter-sleuths-try-to-crack-pioneer-anomaly.html Even though both spacecraft were heading in different directions, both experienced a tiny deceleration. It was as if the Sun's gravity was pulling a little harder than Newton's laws predicted. Scientists are hoping to know within a year whether the Pioneer anomaly is due to an issue with the two spacecraft themselves, namely the heat generated by their onboard nuclear generators. An international team of scientists are re-analyzing the tracking and telemetry data to look for clues."

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