ROY NEAL, K6DUE, ARISS COMMEMORATIVE EVENT

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) NA1SS special event to commemorate Roy Neal, K6DUE (SK), gets under way Saturday, November 29, with an ISS pass over the US West Coast. ARISS International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, says ARISS has provided ISS Expedition 8 Commander Mike Foale, KB5UAC, with a list of potential passes for the November 29-30 weekend. (See the ARRL Web site
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2003/11/26/3/ for frequencies and pass times.)
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Envisat images delivered to Antarctic eclipse spotters

The great white expanse of Antarctica experienced the eerie darkness of a total solar eclipse late Sunday night. A lucky few people had reached the scene by icebreaker to see it happen – their route mapped out for them by Envisat satellite imagery.

More information at:

http://www.esa.int/export/esaSA/SEMXVFXLDMD_earth_0.html

EARTH CREW EXPLORES EARTH SCIENCE

On Monday, December 1, 2003, at 10 a.m. EST, NASA will host the second in a series of six educational webcasts with the NASA Earth Crew. The Crew is an audience of more than 55,000 students and families from across the country that joined the new initiative through online registration since January.
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Preparations underway for the Soyuz launch of AMOS 2

The AMOS 2 broadcasting and communications satellite is undergoing final checkout at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in preparation for its launch on a Starsem Soyuz-Fregat vehicle next month.

Originally planned for a mission aboard Ariane 5, AMOS 2 was rescheduled for a Soyuz-Fregat flight in agreement with the satellite’s operator, Spacecom Ltd.

For the full story, see the Mission Update on Arianespace’s Web site:
http://www.arianespace.com

SPECIAL RECIPES GIVE ISS CREW A TASTE OF HOME

There is a place where, no matter what you eat during the holidays, you’ll never gain any weight.

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are preparing for the fourth holiday season on the zero gravity research laboratory. Although the food is not mom’s home cooking, today’s selections are a huge advance over the “tubes and cubes” of the first meals in orbit more than 40 years ago.
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SPACE AGENCY TEAM TO INSPIRE STUDENTS

Japanese fifth-and sixth-grade students will have the opportunity to have a dialogue with the Expedition 8 crew of the International Space Station during an educational television downlink Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. EST.

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), NASA and the Nankai Broadcasting Corporation (RNB) in Matsuyama City, Japan, will hold the program allowing approximately 500 students to participate. Students will have the opportunity to ask the Expedition 8 crew about science and the Space Station.
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Next IIS Crew

Veteran NASA astronaut William S. McArthur Jr., a retired U.S. Army colonel, and Russian Air Force Colonel Valery I. Tokarev are the next crew for the International Space Station.

McArthur and Tokarev trained as backups for the current Station crew. They will launch to the Station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft in April 2004.
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