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Arctic Mars Simulation Begins.
August 1, 2000
Arctic Mars Simulation Begins
Iridium's Last Chance
Zvezda in Control of the Space Station
ARCTIC MARS SIMULATION BEGINS
With the simulated Mars habitat complete, members of the Mars society are now learning what it's like to "live on Mars" - in a crater in Canada's arctic. Over the coming weeks, members of the team will explore the surrounding crater, study the local geology, and search for microscopic life. The team will also simulate time-delayed communications with Mission Control, which would be the case if they were actually on Mars.
IRIDIUM'S LAST CHANCE
A New York City bankruptcy court has given troubled Iridium 10 days to find a buyer for its 66 satellites or else they will be deorbited. The decision came after a potential acquisition for $50 million by merchant bank Castle Harlan fell through. If Iridium fails to negotiate a deal by August 9th, Motorola will write the software required to crash the satellites over the next two years.
ZVEZDA IN CONTROL OF THE SPACE STATION
The newly-docked Zvezda Service Module has now assumed computer control of the International Space Station, a task previously handled by the Zarya module. Now that Zvezda is in place, 15 missions are planned over the next year to continue to construction of the 55-tonne complex. The first long-term inhabitants are expected to arrive at the station later this year.
A few more astronomy clubs, web pages and space societies.
Leicester University astronomy Society - http://www.star.le.ac.uk/astrosoc
We are an university astronomy society, aimed at introducing students to astronomy, although members of the public are also welcome. The Internet pages act as an introduction to all aspects of observing the night sky.
The Sky Guide - http://www.theskyguide.com/
A guide to astronomy and stargazing, covering observing, choosing and using equipment, telescope making, astrophotography (film, ccd, and video). Highlights include a collection of hundreds of product reviews organized by
product-type and manufacturer.
Visual Deep Sky astronomy Site - http://www.cobweb.nl/bertyvon/index.html
My deep-sky observing site is a valuable recource for amateurs who want to observe the deep-sky with modest instruments. It is divided in separate deep-sky sections. In each section you find observing-results and drawings of the objects I observed.
Whatcom Association of Celestial Observers - http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~trekka/
A community based society dedicated to preserving the arts and skills of amateur astronomy.
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