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Friday, April 7,1995.
Jim Jordan and student
helper Juli Walker, of
Beaumont, look over some
last minute plans to the
mass spectrometer which
will fly on the space shut-
tle Endevour in July.
Photo by Mark Smith
Professor sends project into orbit
Endeavor first time feat for Lamar
UP staff writer
The space shuttle Endevour will take into
space an instrument designed and built by a
Lamar University professor in its seven day mis-
sion in July.
This is the first time an instrument designed for
a space flight has been sent into space by Lamar
Jim Jordan, associate professor of Geology and
director of the Earth and Space resources labora-
tory, has teamed with the University of Texas-
Dallas to design and build an instrument called a
The mass spectrometer is designed to measure
the chemical composition of gases in space and
their partial pressures and to find out how clean
the space environment is.
“Our role in this mission is to measure gases at
the altitude of 160 to 200 miles. We will also be
revealing to NASA the composition of gases
around the shuttle which has never been mea-
sured before,” Jordan said.
“The instrument functions with analogy to the
human as a nose. It basically sniffs gases and tells
you how much gas is present,” he said.
The instrument will be placed on the Wake
Shield Satellite designed by the University of
Houston and the experiment is considered to be
the primary payload for the mission.
“The aim of the Wake Shield Satellite is to pro-
duce an environment which is desirable for the
development of thin film for computer chips. But
for us, it’s a test of the performance of the instru-
ment for future space missions including robotic
missions to the moon and robotic missions to
Mars,” he said.
“We feel if we can find a cleaner and lower
pressure environment, we would be able to find a
way to produce faster and more efficient comput-
er chips. Impurities on Earth can lead to imper-
fections which will slow the speed of the comput-
er chip,” he said.
The satellite will be deployed three days and 22
hours after the launch and will be held on the arm
of the shuttle bay. When it is released, it will be
about 2000 feet away from the actual shuttle and
soon after, Jordan’s instrument will be turned on.
The Lamar University and University of Texas-
Dallas collaboration is actually designed to mea-
sure the environment that the Wake Shield is con-
The Wake Shield has been designed to fly two
more times after this flight, depending on its suc-
cess this time.
Several tests have already been carried out at
Space Industries in League City where the satel-
lite has been located for over a year.
Pace Industries built the satellite as the prime
contractor for UH, and they also provided the
clean environment of Earth for the testing of the
The satellite left for Cape Canaveral on
Saturday. Jordan and his associates at UT-D will
travel there on April 17 and 18 to install the
instrument which is currently at UT-D.
The launch is scheduled to occur on July 20.
From all indications this will actually be delayed
See JORDAN, page 6
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received his degree in French
after being a retired medical
doctor and surgeon, were all
officers of the evening.
The new members of the
honorary society include
Idolina Alvarez, Heather
Jeanise, Tae Hoon Kim, Diane
Trim and Susanne Vicknair.
Rolande Leguillon, the
National President of Pi Delta
Phi and the head of the lan-
“It is always impressive to see our french
students achieve such a distinction.”
guage department at Saint
Thomas University in Houston,
gave a talk after the dinner
which was on the origin and the
evolution of words.
Ellis said, “It is always
impressive to see our french;
students achieve such a distinc-
tion as members of the
National Honor Society, PP
Delta Phi. They are all very,
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“I feel the people of Texas
want an opportunity for input.
They are demanding a greater
voice in the halls of the
Legislature,” Bullock said.
“This plan is an alternative to
initiative and referendum, which
I support. But initiative and ref-
erendum doesn’t have the sup-
port in either the Texas Senate or
Texas House to pass right now
and I don’t know if it will for
quite some time,” he said.
“I also have questions about
it,” Bullock said.
This is what the plan would
— Any bill considered by the
Legislature could be submitted
to the voters if two-thirds of the
members of the Texas Senate
and two-thirds of the members
of the Texas House vote to put it
on the ballot;
— If a majority of the voters
say yes, the bill becomes law. If
they say no, it does not become
— The Legislature can give
voters choices. If more than one
option is placed on the ballot,
the option receiving the most
votes becomes law. It must
receive more than 50 percent of
the votes cast.
—If voters pass a law, the,
Legislature can not change it,
within the first five years unless!
two-thirds of the members of the!
Texas House and two-thirds of,
the members of the Texas Senate
vote to do so.
“Frankly, I don’t know if this
bill is before its time or behind,
its time. I do know people in
Texas want a mechanism to
address issues directly,” Bullock1
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was a little frightened. No other
Tejano-Music artist had ever
crossed from Tejano-Music to
mainstream music before. She
was only able to record three
tracks for the album, so, chances
are, we will never hear them,
Jose Behar, EMI Latin presi-
“Selena was a superstar on
the rise, but more importantly,
she was a beautiful and wonder-
ful human being. This is a total
tragedy for all of us,” he said.
How better could it have
been said than in the opening of
her grammy winning, Selena
Live Tape, “De costa a costa, de
frontera a frontera, conqistando
el mercado Americano y la
Republica Mexicana.” (From
coast to coast, from frontier to
frontier, conquering the
American market, and the
Republic of Mexico.)
Selena began singing at the
age of six and stated performing
with Los Dinos, the Quintanilla
family band, when she was nine.
“I was very shy — you can
imagine how it was,” Selena said
in an interview with the San Jose
Mercury News in 1994.
This shyness was always with
her off stage. However, when it
was time to perform those feel-
ings all went away.
Her shows continually sold-
out. For two consecutive years,
at the Houston Livestock Show
and Rodeo, Tejano Day had
more than 60,000 people attend-
ing, setting a record both years.
“Selena didn’t do anything to
anyone to deserve this.
Everyone loved her and her
music...She was at the height of
her career. She had all these
things happening for her and I
just cant believe it’s happened,”
Pete Astudillo, Selena’s former
back up singer, said.
Last Saturday and Sunday, a
public talk service was held for
Selena. Viewing of the body was
held both days at the Bayfront
Convention Center in Corpus
Christi. She was laid to rest on
Monday, at Memorial
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received from Sunrayce, show-
ing events and exhibitions.
Edgar Wolf, structural
design and race strategy leader,
said he was excited about the
project and anticipates driving
the car around in a few weeks.
The students began building
the car in 1994 and have made
major strides. However, if they
are to complete the project, an
additional $20,000 is needed.
Habetz welcomes ideas and
donations. Lamar’s solar-pow-
ered car needs a name. The
staff would appreciate your
support in naming the car. Call
Pamela Harry, fund-raising
chairman, 409-262-8476, or
Team meetings are held
Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. in the
Conference Room, 2018
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of the organizations within the department.
It serves many functions as the group volun-
teers their services to agencies such as the
Port Arthur Hospitality House, Boys’ Haven,
Triangle Aids Network and Some Other
“Throughout the year, we do different
types of community projects,” LeMaster said.
The students in the organization not only
do volunteer work for the agencies, but they
also tutor, give donations, put out a newslet-
ter, and organize fund raisers.
“The Word” is the newsletter that informs
students on the minutes of the last meeting
and about prior and upcoming events.
Each semester, SWSA has at least one
fund raiser to defray the association’s
expenses and go toward donations to various
agencies. Today, they will have a drawing as a
fund raiser in room 125 in the Student Setzer
Center at 12:30 p.m., to decide the winner of
a $600, custom made bar-b-que pit, donated
by CITGO Pipeline Company. A second
ticket will be drawn for a gift certificate
worth $389 from area restaurants. The $1
tickets will be sold up to the time of the
April 21, will be the SWSA’s seventh
annual spring banquet. Last year, 135 people
were in attendance. Tickets for this year are
$5 for members and $10 for non-members.
For more information contact Vernice
Monroe at 880-8358.
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Planning committees now forming for
Handicap Awareness Day(s) and Worldfest
Here’s what’s next.
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