The NASA Mars Science Laboratory (MSL “Curiosity” Rover) has landed safely on Mars and sent back a picture via it’s Twitter account @MarsCuriosity

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This 5 minute astronomy news podcast for 2020 Astro is for the 1st – 14th August 2012

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This Episode is all about the Mars Curiosity Rover, How to get to Mars, and a very apt Book Review. We hope you like it, and please raise a glass or two if you do! Let us know e-mail: podcast@2020astro.com

 

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Videos Of the Mars Curiosity Rover:
Mars Curiosity Tracker
NASA MSL Website
NASA Video Archive

Other links:
British Interplanetary Society
Qinetiq Ion Drive

Reviews:

Book Review: Red Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson  (Amazon UK)
Blue Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson (Amazon UK)
Green Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson  (Amazon UK)

Time to grab a pint with Mike and Dave while we drink, chat and discuss their way through Meteor Fishing, Star Parties and what to do to prepare your kit for the coming new season.

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Videos we mentioned during the podcast:
CGEM Hypertune
Collimating a Newtonian

Reviews:
Sky Safari 3 (for iOS) £1.99 Standard, £10.49 Plus, £27.99 Pro
Star Walk (for iPhone) £1.99
Star Walk (for iPad) £2.99

Book Review: Patrick Moore’s Astronomy Yearbook 2012  (Amazon UK)

Events
Herstmonceux Astronomy Festival 2012
Kelling Heath Autumn Equinox

Our second episode! We’ll be explaining how Solar observing works, Planetariums you can visit, and finding the best astronomy group for you! Also there is a review on the Coronado PST, and a book review of Turn Left at Orion. All this in 20 minutes! … and no, we really do like Farnborough. :o

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Check out the links below:

Planetariums:
Astrium Planetarium, INTECH Winchester 
Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium, Chichester
Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth
Peter Harrison Planetarium, Greenwich, London
@Bristol Planetarium 

Reviews:
Meade Coronado PST (Ha Version)
Turn Left at Orion  (Amazon UK)
Baader Solar Film (Baader-Planetarium) There are two types (Visual/Imaging) – get the right one!.

Finding local Astronomy Groups:
AstroSouth Directory  (Free e-Zine)
Federation of Astronomical Societies (Map)

An introduction, a chat about the things you can see in the night sky, mounts and tripods and Dave reviews Empire of the Stars.

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