Welcome to the 116th issue of DOWNRANGE, a calendar of events in the Twin Cities area concerning Space Exploration and Development. Unless otherwise noted all times before October 27 are CDT, all times thereafter are CST, and all phone numbers are area code 612.
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The Smithsonian Institution's 150th anniversary road show, America's Smithsonian will be at the St. Paul Civic Center October 16th through November 14th
Space artifacts on display will include a moon rock sample, a Lunar Rover, the Apollo 14 capsule "Kitty Hawk", lunar maps, and meteors.
The exhibition will be open daily 9:00 am - 8:00 pm (last entry time is 6:00 pm).
Passes are required for entry. Each pass is good for a given date and time. Advance passes may be charged to VISA, Discover, or MasterCard and must be purchased 5 days to 6 weeks ahead of time by calling 1-800-913-8687 (913-TOUR). Passes ordered 2 weeks ahead of time will be mailed to you, after that they will be held at the door. Each pass costs $3.50 plus tax.
A limited number of free passes are available each day at 9:00 am. If you try to see the show this way, expect to be in line at the Civic Center at 9:00 am, pick up 1 to 4 passes, and return later in the day to get in.
Additional information on the tour is available by calling 1-800-913-TOUR
or on the World Wide Web at
10/24 (Thursday) Lunch at the Planetarium ($13)
11:30 am lunch
12:30 pm Deborah Byrd (co-founder of the radio program Earth and Sky), Eye on Earth & Sky
10/24 (Thursday night) Star party (free or $20)
6:00 pm - (The $20 part, includes pizza & refreshments) bus ride leaves Regency Hotel, Downtown Minneapolis
7 - 9:30 pm - (The free part) Stargazing and tour of the UMN's O'Brien Observatory at Marine on St. Croix
10/25 (Friday) Breakfast at the Planetarium ($8)
7:15 am - Continental breakfast
8:15 am - Dr. James Kaler of U of Illinois, 1996 Astronomy Update
10/25 (Friday eve) Banquet at the IDS Tower 50th floor ($35)
7:00 pm - Cash bar
8:00 pm - Dinner
9:00 pm - John Hare of Ash Enterprises, Three Decades, Two Eyes, One Mind & Lots of Opinions
10/26 (Saturday) Lunch at the IDS Tower 50th floor ($25)
12:45 pm- Lunch
1:45 pm - Dr. Alan Hale (Co-disciverer of comet Hale-Bopp) Comet Hale-Bopp: A New Beginning
All events: rsvp. Additional information is available from Bob Bonadurer
or Rod Nerdahl at 372-6543.
Admission is $5.50 if purchased in advance (P.O. Box 5598, Hopkins, MN 55343) or $7.00 day of show
7:00 pm - Discussion: The 'X' rockets For years, NASA has relied on the
Shuttle to get astronauts and material into space. Now,
ships like DC-X and X-33 are renewing the promise of cheap access to space.
8:30 pm - Party.
Centre Village Residences,
Party room, 15th floor
433 7th Street South,
Downtown Minneapolis 55403.
Entrance is in from the street - near the residence parking ramp. Check with the guard for directions to the party room. On street parking in this area is free on Sundays.
Saturdays & Sundays 1:00 pm
Far Side of Halloween
Runs October 5 - 31
Saturdays & Sundays at 3:30 pm
Thursdays at 7:00 pm
Honey, I Shrunk the Universe
Monday - Saturday - 11:00 am
Daily - 2:15 pm
Monthly stargazing program for adults.
"Life on Mars" Wednesday, 2 October, 7:00 pm & Monday, 7 October., noon
All shows are $4:00 adults, $2.50 children, free for Planetarium & Mpls Library Friends members.
10/03/96 62 318 Walkabout 10/10/96 63 319 Grey 17 Is Missing 10/17/96 64 320 And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place 10/24/96 65 321 Shadow Dancing 10/31/96 66 322 Z'ha'dum (Season 3 Finale) 11/07/96 67 401 The Hour of the Wolf (Season 4 Opener) ??/??/98 110 522 Sleeping in Light (Grand Finale)
8615 Tamarack Ave.
Sun Valley CA, 91352
14431 Ventura Blvd. Suite 260
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
WARNER BROTHERS TELEVISION
4000 WARNER BOULEVARD
BURBANK, CA 91522
email: JM Straczynski :B5 Producer
www: Babylon 5 Hyperion!
FTP:FTP.UML.EDU Hyperion Mirror site
Bill Nye the Science Guy
KTCA-TV Ch 2 222-1717
Weekdays 4:30 pm
PTV, The Ready to Learn Service
KMSP TV Ch 9 944-9999
Sundays 8:00 pm
Earth and Sky Daily Radio Script by Deborah Byrd @ Austin TX
Weekdays, 5:58 am & 5:58 pm
WCAL 89.3 FM
Two-minute features on astronomy and earth science.
Fridays at 9:30pm & 1:30am
Sundays at 11am & 4:30am
Monday - Thursday at 7:30am (re-runs)
USA Network / Sci-Fi Channel
Wednesdays 7:00 pm
Thursdays 8:30 pm (repeat)
Paragon Cable TV SW Ch 35
Live NASA news and programs from NASA's archives.
Schedule: Mon-Fri: 11am to 2am in 3hr repeating blocks
1st Hr: NASA News Video Clips
2nd Hr: NASA Education Videos
3rd Hr: NASA History Videos
NASA TV Schd
NASA on cable:
Ch 34 24hr
King Video Cable TV:
Ch 38 3-6 pm
Paragon SW Cable: Ch 35 11 pm-2 am
Paragon Metro: Ch 46B 24 hr
801 Plymouth Ave N,
Minneapolis, MN 331-8575
Ch 60 24 hr
950 Woodhill Drive
Roseville, MN 55113
Contact: Pat Cook 481-9554
NASA Select by satellite:
11 am repeated 2 pm, 5pm, 8pm & 11pm
Spacenet 2, Transponder 5H (Ch 9)
69º West Longitude, H Polarization
Audio 6.8 Mhz
Director NASA Select TV
NASA HQ / Code P-2
Washington, DC 20546
KTCA-TV Ch 2 222-1717
Tuesdays 8 pm
Science & Technology Week
Saturdays 10:00 am CT
Sunday 3:00 pm CT(repeat)
Mondays 3:00 am CT (repeat)
CNN-TV (404) 827-1500
e-mail: email@example.com or
3-5 min. on Astronomy and Science
Mon - Fri 11:45 pm
KNOW 1330 AM
5:40 am & 7:40 pm on Minnesota Public Radio stations.
Star Trek - 30 Years And Beyond (2 hour special) KMSP-TV Ch 9 944-9999 Sunday, 6 October 7:00 pm
10/3 - Apocalypse Rising [Season 5 Opener] 499 10/10 - The Ship 500 10/17 - Looking for Par'mach in All the Wrong Places 501 10/24 - Nor the Battle to the Strong 502 10/31 - The Assignment 504 11/7 - Trials and Tribble-ations 503Star Trek: The Next Generation
http://www.cdsnet.net/vidiot/st-voy/ 10/2 - False Profits 144 10/9 - Remember 10/16 - Dreadnought 134R 10/23 - Death Wish 130R 10/30(?) - Sacred Ground 11/6(?) - Remember
Talk of the Nation - Science Friday® with Ira Flatow
KNOW 91.1 FM
Fridays 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
3rd Rock from the Sun
KARE-TV Ch 11
Tuesdays at 7:00 pm
Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month, usually in the auditorium of the Science Museum of Minnesota. Meetings start at 7:30pm and last about two hours. If you plan to attend the next meeting, call the Society's recording at 649-4861 for time, place and featured subject.
The society also holds star parties April through November at one of four observatory sites near the twin cities. Star parties are normally held on the Friday night nearest the new moon, or if poor observing conditions are encountered, on the following night. Members of the society bring their telescopes to star parties and invite the interested public to view astronomical objects of interest. The owners are always willing to share their knowledge of the heavens. Those amateurs who have built their instruments freely explain their successes and sometimes even their failures.
Members receive the society's bi-monthly newsletter Gemini. It contains information about the organization and its activities as well as articles by MAS members. Subscriptions to Sky and Telescope and The Reflector, the newsletter of the Astronomical League, a national organization of groups like MAS, are included in the Society's membership fee.
The society librarian maintains an extensive collection of astronomical books, star atlases, brochures, ephemeris, and slides. The librarian also can guide members to information in metropolitan area libraries.
If you are interested in joining MAS, you may do so at any regular meeting, by leaving a voice message on our information line at 649-4861, or write to:
Minnesota Astronomical Society
c/o Science Museum of Minnesota
30 East 10th Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
Years after President Bush set sending humans to Mars as a long-term US space program goal, and weeks after the announcement of possible Martian fossils, the National Space and Technology Council released a policy statement calling for no human presence beyond Space Station Alpha.
The Directors of the NSS unanimously voted to push for a Mars exploration program based on a permanent human presence on Mars. They pointed out that even an expensive version of the mission should cost slightly less per year than the US spent during the Apollo program.
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These people need to hear from you to make informed and rational decisions.
The13th ISS Alpha assembly flight (Flight 6R) adds the second 'tower' segment (SPP-2) to the Science Power Platform. The completed platform will ultimately support solar arrays, a heat-dumping radiator, thrusters for attitude control, and antenna mounts on the Russian side of ISS Alpha.
The launch will also send up the ESA-designed "European Robotic Arm" (ERA). ERA features one 'elbow', two 'wirsts' and two grapples. It will be used from this mission on to aid in assembly and maintenance of Alpha. ERA is designed to be operated from both inside Alpha and while on EVA.
Six EVAs are required to complete this stage of assembly, but the launch schedule calls for another launch within 17 days, so five of the EVAs are to occur after flight UF-1. Liquid connections for the radiator and high-amperage cables from the solar connectors can't be connected automatically on docking, so they will be done by hand later. The robot arm requires human setup, and there are many miscellaneous antennas and brackets to install by hand.
Space Station Alpha survived another Congressional session and is fully funded for the next year. Alpha's first element - FGB - remains on schedule for a November 1997 launch.
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