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    ** FAQs ** Resources On The Web

    If you know of a particularly good site on a subject that we haven't listed , or you have or know of a personal site that may not be listed on a search engine, feel free to bring it to our attention so we can add it, if appropriate.

    We would appreciate any feedback, good or bad, so we can update this list and try to make it more user friendly.

    Hopefully this will be something we can all benefit from



    Glossery of People in Astronomy(an alphabetical listing)

    James Van Allen, Joseph Louise LaGrange, Carl Sagen, Eugene Shoemaker

    Magazines and Space News Sites, Sky News Magazine, Sky and Telescope, Spaceweather .com, Space,, SpaceRef.Com, CNN Science and Space News, ICARUS, International Journal of Solar System Studies, Red Nova (News), The Salopian Web, Spaceflight Now, Space Technology, The Planetary Society

    General Astronomy

    Astronomy Web Guide, Astronomy Picture of the Day, International Astronomical Union (IAU), NASA Image of the Day, Sea and Sky, Jack Horkheimer, Star Gazer, Hubble Newscentre, Glossary of Space Science Terminology

    Radio Astronomy

    Society of Radio Astronomers, Amateur Radio Astronomy, Project Page, The Jupiter Space Station Group, Haystack Observatory Small Radio Telescope (SRT) "Buy one for amateurs"

    The Solar System

    In General

    Astronet, Solar System Simulator, The Nine Planets, Views of the Solar System, Near Earth Objects Map of the Solar System, Stardate Online, Planetary Image Finder, The Solar, USGS Astrogeology Research Program, Lunar and Planetary Institute

    The Sun

    SOHO Data



    The Soviet Exploration of Venus, Chasing Venus (Observing Venus Transits, 1631 - 2004), The Pioneer Venus Mission


    Sun Earth Connection Roadmap


    Clementine Project, Apollo 12 Surveyor II Analysis, Lunar Atlases, Lunar Science Home Page


    Mars Virtual Spacecraft (Zoomable Mars atlas), NASA's Centre for Mars Exploration, The Mars Society, Explore Mars Now (Homepage), Mars (Mars News), Mars Academy, Mars, Mars Direct Home Page, The Daily Martian Weather Report, NASA Haughton-Mars Project (Mars on Earth), Mars Institute, Mars Meteorites, Maestro Headquarters , Mars Research (Viking Labelled Release Experiment), The Geology of Mars, Planet Mars Home Page



    Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations (CICLOPS)

    Uranus ( Uranus theory )



    Other Moons

    Giant Planet Satellite Page

    Asteroids and Comets

    Minor Planet Research Inc., Near Earth Object Program, Sebastian's Comet Hunt, Minor Planet Centre, Major News about Minor Objects, The 234 Radar Detected Asteroids, International Meteor Organization (IMO), JPL's Comet Observation Home Page

    Craters and Impacts

    Exploring Earth's Impact Page, Asteroid and Comet Impact Craters and Mass Extinctions

    Extrasolar Planets

    Extrasolar Visions, Other Words, Distant Suns, California & Carnegie Planet Search, The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia, Extra Solar II, Laird Close Steward Observatory (Exo-planet Imaging), JPL's Planet Quest

    Space Agencies and Departments

    Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Kennedy Space Centre (KSC), Europeon Space Agency (ESA), Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Brazilian Space Agency, Russian Space Agency (RKA), NASA, NASA Ames Research Centre, Sea Launch, Space Science Institute, National Space Science Data Centre (NSSDA), NASA's Marshall Space Flight Centre, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Orbital Sciences Corporation, Vandenberg Air Force Base (Launch site)

    Space Missions


    Mars Odyssey, Cassini, Galileo, Mars Rovers (Spirit and Opportunity), Rosetta, Stardust, Voyager, Pioneer, Chandra X-Ray Observatory, Space Telescope Science Institute (Hubble), Ulysses (JPL Site), Ulysses (ESA Site), Mars Global Surveyor, Gaia Mission, Aura, Wilkinson Microwave Anisotrophy Probe (WMAP), Magellan, Ranger Series (Moon Probes), Smart 1


    International Space Station (ISS), Apollo Program, Ansari X-Prize Homepage, Scaled Composites Homepage, The DaVinci Project


    NOAA Office of Satellite Operations, Allan Pickup's Satellite Decay Watch, Heavens Above

    Concepts and Future Missions

    The Space Elevator, NASA/JPL Terrestrial Planet Finder, New Horizons Mission to Pluto, Kepler Mission, ESA's Darwin Mission, Hershel Space Observatory, Messenger (Mercury Orbiter), Square Kilometre Array (SKA), Planet-C "Venus Exploration Mission", Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission, Space Interferometry Mission (SIMS), Venus Express, Venus Geophysical Lander Concept, SELENE(SELenological and ENgineering Explorer)

    Stars & Galaxies

    In General

    Delmarva Stargazers On-Line, Southern Sky Watch, The Night Sky for This Month, Logarithmic Maps of the Universe, The Baker Observatory Astronomy Pictures, Captain's Universe, La Silla Observatory

    Stars, The Universe Within 12.5 Light Years. (Star Listing), Stars within 20 Light Years, The 75 Nearest Stars, The 100 Nearest Star Systems



    Astrobiology at NASA, Astrobiology Magazine


    Ned Wright's Cosmology Tutorial,


    The Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC), Space Plasma Physics Group, USENET's Physics FAQs, Hyperphysics, Mathematical Physics Index, Physics 2000

    Theories & Skepticism

    Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy,
    Velikovsky, The Electric Universe, The Plasma Universe, Is the Planet Venus Young?, Tribunal Theory Homepage, The Origin of the Moon, Iron Sun Theory, Moon Base Clavius (Debunking site for Apollo Hoax), Planet X and the Pole Shift (A look at the science behind Planet X), The Enterp[rise Mission (Richard Hoagland's Webpage)

    En Espanol

    Proyecto Hubble, Mars Exploration Rovers, Astroenlazador, Mision Kepler de la NASA, Misión CervantesPlanetary Classification List

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    Proyecto Hubble, Mars Exploration Rovers, Astroenlazador, Mision Kepler de la NASA

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    :unsure: A couple of online newsletters that may be of interest;

    The Magellanic Clouds Newsletter

    The Galactic Center Newsletter

    Planetary News

    SpaceRef has planet specific news sites for the Moon today, Mars today, Mercury today, Juipiter today and Saturn today. I think Juipiter today was set up mainly for Galileo, and the others as missions began.

    Worth spliting up and linking seperately under each planet?

    Astro-Photography sites:

    Astrophotography By Jon Kolb

    An Atlas of the Universe has some great links Star Cluster and Nebula within 10000 ly shows the distances for such objects, as the Cats Paw (NGC 6334)

    All the sky has some great links to catalogs like, E. E. Barnard's Catalog of Dark Nebulae

    Naoyuki Kurita, stellar scenes

    Axel Mellinger in particular his all sky panarama.

    Star Echoes, I like this site, in particular for the wide shots of Orion


    I think you may want to add this as a seperate section.

    First The catalog of catalogs from the CDS, contains brief descriptions, but is one of the most thorough.

    INSPEC has a lot of technical resources, in particular, a list of astronomical designations. No links to catalogs or databases. I think Simbad stands alone, as far as atlases go.

    A Timeline of DSO catalogs by Barbara Wilson

    The Northern Caldwell Objects

    NRAO Catalogue of SNR (super-nova remnants)

    LSPM North catalog is a comprehensive list of 61,977 stars north of the J2000 celestial equator that have proper motions larger than 0.15 seconds of arc per year (local-background-stars frame). (spotted by Antoniseb)

    Astronomy clubs

    Astronomy Clubs world wide

    Tri-city astronomy club of Southeast Washington, amongst the offerings on their site is a biography of Charles Messier with guides to THE MESSIER MARATHON and detailed finder charts for CALDWELL objects

    Ames Area Amateur Astronomers

    And I have to recomend Hawaiian Astronomical Society for their Deepsky Atlas.

    For treatment of the different catalogs of stars, most seem to be connected to Astronomy software sites, The Guide is a software package, this page outlines the catalogs it uses, for example. Desktop universe is another

    The Schmidt Cassegrain website by Ted Kurkowski, has one of the best lists of DSO (deep sky Objects)l catalogs I have found. From Abell to Westr.

    SEDS Goes further including longer discriptions

    This is HST Target naming conventions, this includes a link to proposals (in case any of you UT Rouges want to have a go ! Best get in quick before she crash and burns I guess&#33

    Not completely off the topic, but perhaps a History section ??

    Sharpless catalog of HII regions. While looking for some close ups of Sh2-3, I came across This site, it has a little bit of history about Sharpless and Lynds. Lynds seems to have moved from studying HII regions in our galaxy to other galaxies, An atlas of dust and HII regions in Galaxies, This article mentions her bright and dark nebula Atlases. Stewart Sharpless is mentioned in This site about the history of the USNO Flagstaff station, and he is mentioned in this site and this site as one of the first astronomers to realise our position within a spiral galaxy.

    Unfortunately, I still have not found anything of Sh2-16, It looks like a three stars with some nebulosity, any help appreciated!!!
    I found it extremely helpful in locating the galactic center in the visual wavelength, it appears in This image just below the cross marking the center of our galaxy.

    For Biographies

    HAO has some great Bios from Aristotle to Bernard Lyot

    And we would have to include The Galileo Project

    Edward Emerson Barnard

    Edward Emerson Barnard at the Belmont society.

    Hope I haven't spwralled this post

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    You simply must try these sites!

    First, there is a nice site at NASA, Near Earth Object Program that has a Java simulation of Near Earth Objects, a highlighted list of Close Approaches(updated daily), and a list of the Orbital Elements for nearly 3000 asteroids. Also, there is a list for Comets.

    Then, and this is really the neat one, there is a FREE PROGRAM called CELESTIA.

    Celestia is a real-time 3D space simulation featuring a database of over 100000 stars, nearly a hundred solar system objects, and a complete catalog of neat stuff, like fictional space ships and space stations from 2001: A space Odyssey, Star Trek, Star Wars, Babylon 5, Stargate and others.

    It's like a joyride through a planetarium! And here's the neat part. You can copy the orbital elements from the Nasa-NEO site into a template(simple text-file) for Celestia, drop it into the resources folder(after you have downloaded Celestia to your computer...for free) and it will appear in the simulation, in the right place. You can go forward and backward in time, and move seamlessly to anywhere, even other galaxies, at light speeds plus.

    I forgot to eat for nearly a day after I downloaded it. :blink:

    Download size for Mac and PC versions is about 12+ megabytes, expands to about 18 mb's. They also have a page called The Celestia Motherload
    which contains links to about 3 gigabytes of additional files for most of the locations and objects in the Universe that you could possibly think to visit.
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    Sh2-13, wow doesn't it help when you add words like nebula to your search!

    Astronomical Images by George Greaney more astrophotography!

    Another site I have to mention is A CCD Tour of the Universe by Jan Wisniewski, in particular for it's lovely illistrations of the constellations

    The Saguaro Astronomy Club (SAC) has a variety of downloads

    Aladin has some black and white images of Gum70 and in colour
    Put in GUM 70 , including some object databases

    at the Aladin sky atlas. get an RGB image, there is a very subtle colum near the star HD 161408.
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    Hey, guys, I was looking around and I found a few that might have been visited before but that I think should definitely be noted within this string:

    [non-mainstream link removed]

    [linkfarm reference removed]

    Through no fault of my own, I found this FAQ site. Read on!

    Lastly, I found this site at random:
    I'm not sure what good it'll do for anybody who reads it, but for Cosmology-minded minds like me, it works fine as a guidesite.

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    Another Catalog

    Hickson Compact Groups, this catalog has 100 listings.


    Another list of catalogs

    If catalogs are to be added, stars, nebula and galaxies would make good sub categories.

    Nineplanets list of large telescopes, also has a great biography of Ptolemy.

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    This is an online list of all know Herbig Haro objects.

    APOD images and descriptions of Herbig Haro objects

    My interest in HH objects was rekindled when I found Hubbles Variable Nebula, and a claim that it is a HH object, associated with a T Tauri Star. I wonder if this is common?

    The closest I have come to finding a catalog of T Tauri stars is
    The VSTARSUSP database containing the New Catalog of Suspected Variable Stars (NSV).

    One of the better lists I have seen for star types. I am not sure how to access it, nor is anyone is interested, I will post when I figure it our though

    heres one in Moscow,

    APOD images and descriptions of T Tauri Stars

    ATNF Pulsar Catalogue, v1.2: Documentation
    This looks like a comprehensive treatment of Pulsars, I Have seen a shortlist of about a hundred but this news release from Parkes put the number at over a thousand from Parkes alone in 1998.

    the search for a thorough list of Pulsars continues.

    types of pulsars


    NASA, that explains that Pulsars emit along most wavelengths

    A Gravitationally Powered Oscillatory Pulsar Model

    ATNFPULSAR, has a great introductory and advanced introduction to pulsars, along with a catalog, (J0815+09 doesn't seem to be on it though)

    The Princeton Group seem to be the other main group and have som great links including these Pulsar Maps(JAVA), again, doesn't have J0815+09

    Some info on Nomenclature;


    and from "Ecology" of Magnetic Rotators, well somthing else.
    copy from post Bi-Drifting Pulsar (23 Oct)

    I am now looking at catalogs of molecular clouds. This was inspired by the Diagram of objects in between us and LBV 1806 - 20.

    There are two obvious classifiers W and MC. So far, the best I have managed is an article about W31, the largest HII region in the Milky Way.

    2mass Gallery of HII regions

    Complete Abell Catalog of Planetary Nebulae

    RCW catalog

    OK I think I have found it.
    Westerhout's Catalogue of 82 Discrete Sources
    A survey of the continuous radiation from the Galactic System at a frequency of 1390 Mc/s (gif)

    Galactic Radio Sources

    KES (Abstract)

    CTB (Abstract)

    If you come across any other interesting nomenclature for astronomical objects let me know, this has been fun figuring out all this vague designations for astonomical objects

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    I'm not sure where this should go, but it is beautifully presented and worth a look.

    A photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of The Milky Way

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    AlcyoneThe NASA Astrophysics Data System[/URL] is putting full records of Journal articles online, the Sharpless HII article was machine readable, now has PDF and Gif formats! THis is great

    Now I am going into the past a bit here, so it could go under history or catalogs.

    The SBO Palomar Sky Survey Prints

    Catalogs, Atlases and Databases

    The survey prints can be quried online from Here

    The Palomar Globulars and Abstract

    SEDS catalog of 150 known Globular Cluster

    A more recent survey ACS Virgo Cluster Survey

    And on Archaeoastronomy

    Interactive Atlas of World Astronomy


    Studies of Occidental Constellations and Star Names to the Classical Period

    Contains links such as

    A (PDF) files copy of Ptolemy's Catalogue of Stars by Christian Peters and Eduard Knobel (1915):

    I have been looking at a lot of online Star Atlases, historical and current, and was thinking of a UT Star Atlas.
    This could be done in a number of ways. For starters, I will list the best I have found so far online, then
    we could sample pictures with links to objects in an Atlas thread, or Fraser could open a seperate section
    with a thread for each section, maybe in astrophotography, and people could post their astrophotographs
    by constellation, just an idea, what do you think .

    Anyway, here are my favorite

    Star Atlases online

    The Hawaiian Astronomical Society Storybook and Deepsky Atlas

    The Deep Photographic Guide to the constellations (all the sky)

    Jan Wisniewskis tour of the sky

    Project ASTRO UTAH

    NASAs SkyView online Virtual Observatory


    and of course


    Clasical Atlases and Constellations from "Stars"



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    Heres a link to my Links page you might find some useful ones there.

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    Website seems buggy and gets malware warnings

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    Is there any more stuff like Celestia that has to do with real-time 3D space simulation that u can download

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    here's a brilliant link. it's to a web site called how stuff works. it has info on lots of science and technology. check it out

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    I think it's worth listing this link - it's a quick and easy to read beginners guide to finding a suitable telescope:

    Patrick Moore's Guide to buying a telescope

    BBC Science

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    Here's a link for Orbital mechanics:

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    First, I would like to endorse, for what is's worth, a few sites already mentioned by others.

    Devilmech already pointed out Ned Wright's Cosmology Tutorial, and I want to emphasize that pick. It's more than the title implies. The News of the Universe section keeps you up to date on current events & research in cosmology. The Cosmological Fads & Fallacies section points out flaws in some of the more popular, but unsound alternative cosmologies. The main tutorial section has been translated into Italian and French.

    Starlab points out two valuable sites. The Usenet Physics FAQ has combined the old, separate FAQs on physics and relativity & cosmology into one highly useful reference, along with a list of similar FAQ files elsewhere. The Level5 Knowledgebase from Caltech is a huge database on astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology; it includes a long list of papers reproduced from the Annual Reviews series, selected chapters from Cambridge University monographs, and a wealth of other information.

    The Level5 site is part of the extensive NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database, Amongst other things, you can look up data & images of just about any extragalactic NGC object. The HyperLeda Database provides a similar service, you can look up data on galaxies galore.

    Now I haven't noticed the rest of these listed yet, but I find them useful, and you might also.

    The ArXiv.Org e-Print archive, hosted by the library at Cornell University, is a repository of pre-prints & re-prints of scientific papers. In some cases, the papers can go back as far as about 20 years. Originally devoted to physics & mathematics, the archive now includes non-linear sciences (i.e., chaos theory), computer science and quantitative biology. In all cases the whole paper is available, usually as a PDF or PostScript file.

    The NASA Astrophysics Data System is a similar archive of published papers, though in this case the whole paper is often not available (especially the recent ones which are still under close supervision by the original copyright holders), and sometimes even the abstract is not, just the reference. Over 1,000,000 papers in astronomy & astrophysics, and nearly 2,000,000 in physics & geophysics, sometimes dating back centuries. It also interfaces to the ArXiv archive.

    Living Reviews is an online, free-access technical journal. It started out devoted entirely to relativity, but has now branched out to include solar physics. The papers are called "living" reviews, because once published on the web (and available as PDF too), the papers are periodically updated by the authors, in a manner not really plausible in the more traditional formats. Not for the mathematically faint-hearted, but a reliable source.

    I have also written a few of my own webpages, which might be interesting. Most relavent to this forum perhaps, would be Solar Fusion & Neutrinos, The Hertzsprung Russell Diagram And Stellar Evolution, and the cosmic microwave background.

    Finally, I will recommend the Physical Reference Data site from the National Institute of Standards & Technology. The reference site will show you the currently accepted values for all of the fundamental & derived constants of physics, such as Planck's constant!, or the Newtonian constant of gravitation!.
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    While looking into Masers, I found this site

    Variable Star Of The Season

    (while looking for info on VY Canis Majoris)

    So, for info on Masers

    What is a MASER?

    Interstellar masers

    For those interested, These are the maser sources I am interested in

    The best estimate for a distance is about 100 ly from Sag A* for the IRS 16 cluster.
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    Hello Everyone,

    I would like to add my two sites for consideration. features images derived from the various missions to Mars. It just went live a couple weeks ago and I still have much content to add.


    htp:// my other site with sections on Mars, Space Exploration, etc. Note that some parts of the site are quite dated.

    BTW: if you are in the Chicago area you may want to visit another of my other web sites: the home of the Chicago Society for Space Studies.



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    One I am surprised not to have seen mentioned before on the space exploration side is the

    Encyclopedia Astronautica

    by Mark Wade containing an enormous amount of information on all space technology, past and present. Well worth a look.

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    Originally posted by zephyr46@Oct 30 2004, 03:26 AM
    I have been looking at a lot of online Star Atlases, historical and current, and was thinking of a UT Star Atlas.
    This could be done in a number of ways. For starters, I will list the best I have found so far online, then
    we could sample pictures with links to objects in an Atlas thread, or Fraser could open a seperate section
    with a thread for each section, maybe in astrophotography, and people could post their astrophotographs
    by constellation, just an idea, what do you think .
    Really good idea, this. I have been looking at the photographs people have put on UT and it has been wonderful, so the idea of a site with a growing atlas of maps and photographs with everyone able to contribute and view - simply fantastic! This sort of thing makes internet truly meaningful.

    And thank you, everyone, for the sites today.

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    I see they've been converted to links - good-oh!

    By the way - I seem to have sent them as an unregistered user. Silly me.

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    I did a quick scan, and I don't think these sites are listed yet. One is pretty obvious, the others are physics related. Those of you who know me from the BABB will remember that these are among my favorite references.

    Biography and research

    The Nobel Prize site.
    This has the biographies of all of the Nobel winners in all fields. It also has their Nobel lectures, some of which can be fairly detailed descriptions of the work that won them the prize.

    Science News

    American Institute of Physics Physics News Update
    My favorite link for breaking news in physics and some astronomy. Much more detailed and less sensationalistic than the typical press releases.

    Physical Review Focus
    From the American Physical Society. Similar to PNU, but with specific links to articles published in the Society's journals Physical Review and Physical Review Letters. Notes on cutting edge research.

    Physical Review Letters
    Speaking of cutting edge research, PRL is probably one of the most prestegious journals in the field. You'll need a subscription or pay to read the actual articles, but you can browse the abstracts for free. Any university physics library will have a subscription if you have access to one. Be warned, however, this journal is aimed at the practicing physicist. The amateur may have some difficulty, but don't let that deter you from browsing.

    General Resource

    The Particle Data Group
    Ahhhh, Saving the best for last. As a particle physicist, it's my favorite reference site. This is the encyclopedia of all data on particle physics. It also has review articles on tests of General Relativity, Big Bang cosmology, Big Bang nucleosynthesis, the CMB, Dark matter, and other astronomy-related topics. This site should be required reading for any ATM (against the mainstream) type. Know the status of current science before casting stones. It's also useful for others interested in cosmology and how particle physics relates to it. Again, it's aimed at the practicing scientist, but knowledgeable amateurs should be able to get a lot out of it.
    "I often say that when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind." - William Thompson, 1st Baron Lord Kelvin

    "If it was so, it might be, and if it were so, it would be, but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic!" - Tweedledee

    This isn't right. This isn't even wrong. - Wolfgang Pauli

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eta C

    The Particle Data Group
    ... Again, it's aimed at the practicing scientist, but knowledgeable amateurs should be able to get a lot out of it.
    I can vouch for the last. Outstanding site.

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    Resources: (REAL SPACE MODELING thread)

    Latest news:

    Delta IV flambe'


    More HLLV news:

    More here: (Updated)

    The Euros will be building this:

    The Ariane M the European Very Heavy launch vehicle:

    The Russians are also looking at HLLV

    Aldridge report out:
    See Page 29-33 of 64 In Adobe
    Page 27-30 hardcopy,_2003

    But Mike Griffin's hands have been tied, and EELV pushers have been trying to use their influence upon the White House OSTP--even though EELVs are an inferior product:
    "The Aldridge Commission suggested that a heavy-lift vehicle was necessary, calling it an “enabling technology” for implementing the vision, yet also suggested that heavy-lift vehicles might be developed commercially..."

    Michael Griffin, NASA’s associate administrator for exploration from 1991-1993, says the most logical approach, all things considered, is to spend the $3 billion or $4 billion it would cost to build a shuttle-derived heavy lifter and forget about EELV-driven approaches.

    "This examination shows there is no significant cost savings by pursuing the use of numbers of medium-lift vehicles when compared to the development of a new, shuttle-derived heavy lift booster. The development of such a heavy-lift booster supports the President’s space vision by providing the capability of lofting heavy payloads to the Moon in support of the construction of a lunar base as well as providing the capability to conduct other missions. I believe the development of a heavy booster in conjunction with the appropriate use of medium-lift boosters and modular spacecraft represents the most effective strategy for the US manned space program."

    The Air Force has been an enemy of the Space Program.

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    ABM-bearing Naval craft are as vulnerable as the Stark or the Cole--and to this:


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    It's great to see this still being used. I haven't had a chance to update it, seeing as I've been deployed to Iraq for most of a year, and various other real life issues took precedence over my love of astronomy and science.

    That being said, I would like to update this thread to contain current and useful info, so I shall need some input from any of you that might use it. I need you to tell me what info you wanna see here, and how I should present it. I'm afraid the current layout is a bit confusing, so I'd like to perhaps combine a few sections and make it more "user-friendly". Any input or ideas in this regard, please post them, and I promise I shall get around to updating this thread post haste.

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    One of the best Mars site i know .

    Very complete.

    Problem : It is in french.

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    Two more great radio astronomy links- Home of Radio Jove Radio astronomy at the University of Indianapolis

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    Skepticism on all sorts of topics:

    The SkepticWiki

    Account creation: send an e-mail with real name and requested moniker to skepticwiki AT

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