new tether - 32 km - launch Sept. 14

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Sat Sep 01 2007 - 22:54:09 EDT

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    The YES2 tether, 32 (!) kilometers long, is scheduled 
    to be launched on September 14 on a Soyuz from Baikonur
    Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.  Here is the YES2 website:
    This page has more information about the tether:
    "Not only will this be the longest artificial structure 
    ever deployed in space, but it will also be the first 
    time that a tether has been used to return a payload 
    from space."
    Here's a page that discusses the tether's visibility
    in orbit (apparently very limited, perhaps due to a 
    brief mission?) after deployment on Sept. 25:
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
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