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Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 14:39:14 -0500
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October 29, 1998

In this edition:

--> Up, up and away
--> Chocaholics in space
--> Discovery's discoveries
--> Did you know...?
--> Win your own spacecraft


Up, up and away
=============

Space shuttle Discovery lifted off at 2:19 p.m. ET, with
John Glenn and the rest of the crew of STS-95 on board.
The crew is getting ready to activate the Spacehab module,
scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET.

For more news and updates on the mission, or to see a
replay of the launch, be sure to go to http://CNN.com/Glenn


Chocaholics in space
==============

Glenn is the subject of numerous medical tests during the
mission.  One possible test could be the effects of
chocolate on astronauts.  According to one dietitian,
Glenn's meals during the flight include chocolate three
times a day.


Discovery's discoveries
================

Eighty-three experiments are to be performed aboard the
shuttle Discovery during its nine-day mission,  and most
of them have nothing to do with John Glenn.  They range
from attempts to improve soybeans to tests of a refrigerator
that might house future experiments -- to a project aimed at
determining whether cockroaches can live and reproduce in space,
and in what ways they might be changed when they return.

To read more about the science of the mission, go to:
http://cnn.com/TECH/space/9810/28/shuttle.experiments/

Or take part in our STS-95 Chat Series at 4 p.m. ET today with
Ken Reightler, expert on STS-95 experiments, at
http://cnn.com/discussion/chat/space.html


Did you know...?
============

The shuttle Discovery is named after one of the ships used by
British explorer James Cook during his final voyage to the Pacific.

With the Discovery and another ship, the Resolution, Cook set
out in 1776 to find a way around North America from the Pacific.

He charted the North American coastline as far north as the
Bering Strait, and is credited with being the first European to
visit a sun-drenched archipelago he called the Sandwich Islands.

Today, they are known as the Hawaiian Islands, and Cook proved
to be an unlucky tourist indeed. He was killed in a struggle with
natives over a stolen boat.


Win your own spacecraft
=================

Be sure to enter our weekly trivia contest for a chance to win a
scale model of Glenn's spacecraft or one of our other great prizes.

This week's question:

What was the maximum height for NASA's first class of astronauts?

To enter, go to http://CNN.com/Glenn or send an e-mail with your
full name and answer to contest@cnn.com with "Glenn Week Two" in
the subject.



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