The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 19, 1986 · Page 12
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 12

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, January 19, 1986
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The Salina Journal Sunday, January 19,1986 Page 12 Voyager 2 may reveal clue to Earth's origin PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - When Voyager 2 hurtles past dark and icy Uranus this week, the spacecraft's instruments may reveal clues about the origin of Earth and the beginnings of life, astronomer Carl Sagan says. "You learn about your own! world by studying other! worlds," said Sagan, 51, author! of the best-selling books "Con-J tact" and "Comet" (with his wife, Ann Druyan), and host of I the 1981 public television series | "Cosmos." Sagan "You find out what else is possible, how else a world can be put together, how worlds evolve," he said. "If there's life here (on Earth) and not somewhere else, how come? You learn about life here even if you don't find it elsewhere, because you have to ask what went right here and wrong there.'' Voyager 2, which was launched in 1977 and explored Jupiter in 1979 and Saturn in 1981, will fly within 50,600 miles of Uranus' cloud tops Friday, yielding more information about the seventh planet from the sun than has been learned since it was discovered in 1781. On Thursday, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which operates America's unmanned space exploration program, announced that Voyager 2's television cameras discovered the six moons during the past two weeks, doubling the number of moons known to orbit Uranus.Voyager still may discover 18 more moons, scientists said. Sagan, who directs Cornell University's planetary studies laboratory in Ithaca, N.Y., will spend the next six weeks at Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a member of the Voyager imaging team, analyzing pictures returned 1.86 billion miles to Earth by the probe's television cameras. Rings of dust and ice encircling Uranus are similar to the vastly larger solar nebula — the huge, swirling disk of gas and dust from which the solar system and its planets formed 4V4 billion years ago, Sagan said. "Here at our doorstep are these beautiful ring systems of Saturn, Uranus and, to some extent, Jupiter," he said. "If we can really understand them, we have a real leg up in understanding our own planet's origins." Sagan said Uranus' nine known charcoal-black rings and dark patches on its moons also could provide clues about the early stages of the process that led to life on Earth, although Uranus and its moons appear far too cold to harbor life. Experiments in Sagan's laboratory showed that bombarding frozen methane with ultraviolet and other types of radiation produced a dark red organic chemical that matches the color of the dark material in the Uranian rings and moons. Bureaucrat asked to quit but remains at her job WASHINGTON (AP) - Two months after White House officials asked her to resign, Loretta Cornelius is still earning $73,600 a year as deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management but performs no official duties. While Cornelius still holds OPM's No. 2 job, agency spokesman James Lafferty says he only sees her occasionally in the hallways. "We just don't have any contact, "he said. "She has no duties," Lafferty added. Tasks normally performed by the deputy director are being shared by other top 0PM officials, he said. Cornelius angered administration officials by giving Senate testimony last June that helped prevent her old boss, Donald J. Devine, from continuing as 0PM director. She was asked to resign Nov. 8 by White House officials who said the new 0PM director, Constance Horner, wanted to pick a new deputy director. Cornelius was not at work Friday and was unavailable for comment. Her attorney, Ronald H. 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