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  • Frits Westra
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      Original Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2000 11:27:36 -0700

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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
      http://www.universetoday.com
      info@...

      An HTML version of this newsletter including pictures is available at:
      http://www.universetoday.com/html/misc/today.html

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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
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      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.

      Original Source:
      http://www.marssociety.org/

      Internet Coverage:
      http://www.msnbc.com/news/431335.asp
      http://www.spaceref.com/focuson/marsonearth/webcam.html


      IRIDIUM'S LAST CHANCE
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      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.

      Original Source:
      http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/000728/ny_castle_.html

      Internet Coverage:
      http://www.floridatoday.com/space/explore/stories/2000b/080100a.htm
      http://www.spaceviews.com/2000/07/31a.html


      ZVEZDA IN CONTROL OF THE SPACE STATION
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      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.

      Original Source:
      http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/spacenews/reports/issreports/2000/iss00-35.html

      Internet Coverage:
      http://www.cnn.com/2000/TECH/space/08/01/iss.update/index.html
      http://www.spaceviews.com/2000/08/01a.html



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      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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