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Just posted on Astronomy.FM: A Tale of Three Rockets

Big day in space today.  Space Shuttle Discovery landing is waved off,
big rocket test in Utah, and JAXA is successful with its newest
contribution to the International Space Station.

http://astronomy.fm/skylogs/the-skyguide/253/A-Tale-of-Three-Rockets….

~Michael

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How to build cheaper radio telescopes

How to build cheaper radio telescopes
Computing costs could be slashed by careful arrangement of antennas
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No pricks found on Mars

They are all still on Earth, posting to SAA

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LCROSS Lunar Impactor Target Crater Announced

NASA just announced the target crater for the LCROSS impact, Cabeus
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   http://astronomy.fm/skylogs/the-skyguide/254/Breaking-News:–LCROSS-I…

~Michael

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Sky & Telescope's Weekly Bulletin – September 4, 2009

News
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A Solar-Cycle Climate Trigger
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September 1, 2009 |  How can a change in the Sun’s total brightness of just
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Read More at:
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/newsblog/56631092.html

India’s Chandrayaan 1 Goes Silent
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August 29, 2009 |  Ground controllers abruptly lost contact with India’s
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Read More at:
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/newsblog/56130137.html

Raging Fire Threatens Mount Wilson
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August 30, 2009 |  One of the world’s most famous and historic
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A Second SoCal Observatory in Peril
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September 2, 2009 |  Stony Ridge Observatory, an amateur-built icon for 46
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http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/newsblog/56788967.html

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Tour September’s Sky &#151; By Ear and Eye!
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This Week’s Sky at a Glance
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September 4, 2009 |  Jupiter now dominates the evening sky, awaiting your
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http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/ataglance/57006397.html

Community
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Can Magnetism Save a Vaporizing Planet?
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A Year’s Worth of Observing!
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SkyWatch 2009
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Your observing guide for 2009 from the editors of Sky &amp; Telescope.
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Home: http://www.skyandtelescope.com
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Resources: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/resources
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Space Sights and Smells Surprise Rookie Astronauts

Space Sights and Smells Surprise Rookie Astronauts
   http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/090904-sts128-space-rookies.html

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