Features/Reports

The Norwegian “Almanakken” is Here Again

Calculated first time in 1644 and published in the present shape for 194 years, the almanac has been a well known phenomenon in Norway. In December and January every year the pocket sized publication is accessible for sale in book stores, large and small shops and in petrol stations etc.

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New Visions and New Goals for the USA

Everybody needs a goal in life, researches and technicians are no exception. Without a challenging long-term goal to work towards some of the enthusiasm in organisations like NASA could disintegrate. President George Busch set out to get some of that enthusiasm back in space research when he launched the “Vision for Space Exploration” in January 2004. So, what new goals lie ahead for the American researchers and technicians?

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The Constellation Programme

The Constellation Programme is created in order to fulfil former President’s Bush’s mission. It is designed to put people on the moon again, hopefully to Mars too, much like Kennedy’s vision for the first missions to the moon.

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The Second Moon Conquest Begins

No astronaut has been back since Apollo 17 in December 1972, but according to the new “Vision for Space Exploration” , that is about to change in a re-visit to the moon in 2020. This time, the general idea is to begin a more permanent colonisation of our closest neighbour in space. However, before the next humans set foot on the moon again, further investigations are necessary, and the first steps will be taken very shortly.

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Protect our dark sky

The presentation of a new ski jumping hill, Holmenkollen, in Oslo, ready for World Championship in 2011, reminds us of all of the light pollution that prevents even greater parts of the population from seeing a clear sky with all the stellar constellations generations before us have seen.

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