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July 31, 2000

Sea Launch Successfully Launches PanAmSat

Planetary Society Defends Pluto Mission

Cannibal stars Cause Novae in Distant Galaxy

SEA LAUNCH SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES PANAMSAT

A Zenit 3SL rocket carrying a PanAmSat PAS-9 satellite launched from the Sea Launch platform at 2242 GMT on Friday - right on schedule. This flawless launch helps restore credibility to the Sea Launch company after a botched launch in March. The platform and support vessel will now return to homebase in San Diego in preparation for the next launch, scheduled for September 18th. The company has 17 additional launches sold and in the queue.

Original Source:

http://www.sea-launch.com/special/sea-launch/current_index_webcast.html">Sea Launch Press Release

Internet Coverage:

http://spaceflightnow.com/sealaunch/pas9/

http://www.cnn.com/2000/TECH/space/07/28/sea.launch/index.html

http://www.chron.com/cgi-bin/auth/story.mpl/content/interactive/space/news/2000/20000731.html

http://www.spaceviews.com/2000/07/29a.html

PLANETARY SOCIETY DEFENDS Pluto MISSION

Concerned that the NASA's Pluto-Kuiper Express might be on the chopping block, the Planetary Society urged its 100,000 members to contact elected leaders and protest the decision. Originally slated for a 2004 launch, the Pluto-Kuiper Express would use a gravity assist from Jupiter, and then speed out to Pluto, reaching it by 2010. Although NASA hasn't officially cancelled the project, the news has been confirmed by enough sources for everyone to believe the information is true.

Original Source:

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/ice_fire/pkexprss.htm

http://www.planetary.org/news/articlearchive/headlines/2000/hdln-072700.htm

Internet Coverage:

http://www.cnn.com/2000/TECH/space/07/28/pluto.express/index.html

http://www.msnbc.com/news/438419.asp

http://www.spaceviews.com/2000/07/29b.html

CANNIBAL stars CAUSE NOVAE IN DISTANT GALAXY

The European Southern Observatory recently captured images of novae exploding in a Galaxy 70 million light years away. It's believed these novae are caused by stellar cannibalism in binary stars - a relatively cool star loses matter to its smaller and hotter companion, and the instability causes an explosion on the surface of the hotter star. The novae were discovered in Galaxy NGC 1316, which is located in the Fornax cluster.

Original Source:

http://www.eso.org/outreach/press-rel/pr-2000/pr-17-00.html

Internet Coverage:

http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n0007/30esocannibal/

A few more astronomy clubs, web pages and space societies.

Eclipse-chasers.Com - http://www.eclipse-chasers.com

Solar and Lunar eclipse facts, history, photography, observing, and over a quarter century of observing experiences with lots of pictures. If you want to see an eclipse, this site is the place to visit since current eclipse events and long range planning for total solar eclipse expeditions are presented. There are many links to other related web sites too.

Steve Crouch's astronomy Page - http://www.tip.net.au/~stevec/

The main astrophotographer within the Canberra Astronomical Society (http://msowww.anu.edu.au/cas)and this site is a repository of his best imaging efforts with ST-5C and ST-6 CCD cameras and C11 and C14 telescopes. The images are displayed purely for interest and he welcome any enquiries about CCD imaging.

Ottawa Center of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) - http://ottawa.rasc.ca

The second largest of 25 centers in the Society, with 425 members, and a structured web site that reflects our individual members interests.

Astronomical Society of Brussells - http://users.skynet.be/zmn/cab/cab.html

Amateur Astronomers association monthly lectures quarterly magazine (OBAFGKM) observatory observing sessions observing camps library lending Telescopes work groups (occultations, double stars, variable stars...).



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