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U N I V E R S E
T O D A Y
Space Exploration News From Around the Internet, Updated Every Weekday.
August 1, 2000 - Issue #283
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-- UNIVERSE TODAY STORY SUMMARY --
* 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
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
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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