China is planning to send a man to the moon by 2005, as part of its space program. The mission is part of Beijing?s plans to join the United States and Russia as the only nations to have sent humans into space. This is occurring at the same time that both Russia and NASA are cutting costs and reducing the number of humans in space.

China?s first satellite was launched in 1970. In 1999 and January 2001 it successfully launched the ?Shenzou? unmanned spacecraft. A monkey, a dog, a rabbit and snails were sent into orbit aboard the second Shenzou launch, and scientists say that more unmanned tests will be necessary. ?We must be sure that the astronauts are 100 percent safe in outer space after launching,? says Liang Sili of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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The White House has replaced NASA administrator Daniel Goldin with a budget buster known for his relentless cost-cutting. President Bush has nominated Sean O?Keefe, deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, to the top job at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The 45-year-old O?Keefe served as Navy secretary for Bush?s father and also worked for Vice President Dick Cheney, when Cheney was defense secretary in the 1990s. O?Keefe was known for his budget cutting at the Pentagon. He must be confirmed by the Senate.

Reaction to Daniel Goldin was mixed. He was the agency?s longest-serving chief, serving a record 3,517 days. Some criticized him from turning NASA into a bloated, money wasting bureaucracy.
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Scientists at NASA have found a new way to combat global warming: move the Earth to a cooler spot, farther away from the Sun. This may more than double the time that life can survive on our planet.

The Sun will increase in brightness in the next billion years, and if the Earth stays in its present orbit, all life will be eliminated. If we aim comets at Earth, it will be nudged out of its orbit into a cooler part of the solar system.

?The technology is not at all far-fetched,? says Dr. Greg Laughlin of NASA. ?It involves the same techniques that people now suggest could be used to deflect asteroids or comets heading towards Earth. We don?t need raw power to move Earth, we just require delicacy of planning and maneuvering.?
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According to NASA, water from a burst pipe has destroyed thousand of historic space images stored at the Goddard Space Flight Center. The basement archives included original photos, negatives and transparencies from the beginning of the space age in the 1950s up through the Hubble Space Telescope.

NASA sells the images to the public for a small fee and uses them for documentation and educational brochures.
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