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July 27, 2000

Slow news day. What can I say? I guess it's up to me to fill the void...

Just to let you know, I recently joined the Mars Society Chapter here in Vancouver, Canada, so if you see the odd story about the Mars Society, including information on the Flashline Station, I'm not being an entirely neutral news reporter. I just want to get this conflict of interest on the table. :-) If you're interested in getting involved with the Mars Society, check out their site at http://www.marssociety.org. I'll be attending the conference in Toronto, so if you're going to be there, make sure you say hello.

Second, I still need volunteers for this Sunday's live solar eclipse coverage on the Internet. If you live on the Northwest Coast of North America and have experience capturing images of the Sun, please let me know. And hurry!

Finally, I heard the most amazing story recently about an Oregon toymaker building his own personal rocket. In my opinion, he is currently the bravest person on Earth... or maybe the craziest. Check it out: http://www.rocketguy.com

X-34 Tests Resume

Arctic Mars Habitat Gets a Roof


After a year of upgrades, NASA's X-34 experimental spacecraft is ready for testing again. The first test conducted was to tow the X-34 on the ground at various speeds, up to 16 kph. The goal is to determine how the vehicle would react in a landing situation, and over the coming weeks, NASA will continue longer and faster ground tests. "Captive carry" tests, where the vehicle is dropped from an airplane and it glides to a landing are next on the agenda.

Original Source:

http://www1.msfc.nasa.gov/NEWSROOM/news/releases/2000/00-230.html">NASA Press Release

Internet Coverage:

http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n0007/26x34tests/">Astronomy Now -



Exterior construction is complete on the Mars Society's Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station. The roof of the 9-metre wide fiberglass structure was completed late Wednesday evening; only one week behind schedule - this is great news considering that portions of the structure were damaged in a botched air drop last week. The habitat will be the centre of a 5-year project to test the tools required for a manned mission on Mars.

Original Source:

http://www.marssociety.com">Mars Society

Internet Coverage:


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

Paul's AstroStuff - http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/paul.brierley/homepage.htm

A U.K. based web page dedicated to the art of "Astro Photography". On the web site you will find a wide selection of photographs and digital images.

Astronomy Resources on the NET (AROTN) - http://www.spacebox.org/reviews

has recently put on-line one more database - astronomy Related Software Reviews. You can read or post your comments on any of the more than 100 programs

Solent Amateur Astronomers - http://www.delscope.demon.co.uk/

Society based in Southampton, Hampshire, UK, formed in 1972. Currently has 52 members, 2 observatories open to the public once a month each. Monthly meetings always feature lectures (except the AGM). Monthly newsletter, instrument hire, library, childrens education programme.

StarLore - http://www.starlore.net

An astronomy site for amateurs, StarLore will tell you all you need to know about the stars, constellations, nebulae, Galaxies and star clusters. StarLore also includes a Sky Diary, monthly lists, Moon phases and the positions of the planets.

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