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Send Your Name to Mars

Tuesday, October 22, 2002

In 2003, NASA will launch twin Mars Rovers on a seven plus month journey to the surface of Mars. For at least 90 Martian days, the Rovers will carry instruments to help scientists study both the climate and water history of Mars in the two different landing locations. You can come along for the ride by sending NASA your name. To date, nearly 3 million of you have responded. Names will be taken until November 15th, so don't delay!

More: NASA SpaceKids - Send your name to Mars

Skywatchers: See Two Asteroids with Binoculars!

Tuesday, October 22, 2002

The number of known asteroids has skyrocketed in recent years, but very few of these tiny bodies ever come within easy reach of the simplest optical aid. This year we have a somewhat unusual situation, for skywatchers can track down two of them, Ceres and Melpomene, as soon as the sprawling constellation Cetus, the Whale, climbs sufficiently high in the east...

More: Sky & Telescope - Ceres and Melpomene in Binoculars