Call it the storm before the calm. Students at Homewood will
splash around in the Athletic Center pool while watching the
classic scare-film Jaws, or line up for a chance at a date with a
stranger in a Hopkins version of MTV's Singled Out, while others
might get down in the mud in a messy game of volleyball. It's
Orientation '98, a chance for the freshman class to make friends
and get to know their new home.
But when the class of 2002 is all moved in and
the dust has settled, it will be time for them to begin what they
came here to do: study. And for the staff of Orientation '98, the
ones who organized these first-week festivities, it also will be
time to return to the normalcy of student life.
FUSE satellite moves closer to
After nearly a decade of planning and assembly, the
Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic
Explorer satellite--planned, designed and built by Johns
Hopkins--has taken the penultimate step toward its scheduled Feb.
18, 1999, launch.
The satellite was moved on Aug. 13 from the
Applied Physics Laboratory in
Laurel, where it was assembled, to the Goddard Space Flight
Center in nearby Greenbelt, where scientists will subject the
instrument to a series of environmental tests. If all goes as
expected, the satellite will be shipped in December to Cape
Canaveral, Fla., and readied for launch.
FUSE is the first large-scale space mission to
be fully planned and operated by an academic department of a
university. Hopkins will take control of the three-year
scientific mission about 100 minutes after launch and will manage
it from a mission control center in the
Physics and Astronomy
building on the Homewood campus.
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