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MIR (Russian space station 1986-2000)

Welcome to the Calthorpe Park School Astronomy Club website!
This week we're excited about...the confirmation that Russia intends to quit the ISS in 2020 when its obligations to man the space station expire. Instead they are planning to build a station that orbits over Russia and the Arctic, currently only 5% of Russia is overflown. While that makes sense, it could also be a sign that Russia is looking to cut ties with the West as tensions continue to rise over the Baltic states.
Originally, Russia had planned to crash the space station into the Pacific Ocean in five years time but now USA and Europe have access to "Space Taxis." Private companies like Space X and Boeing have emerged, and there is no longer any need to hitch an expensive $70 million lift with Russian Soyuz craft.
Russia had a space station called MIR which was in Earth orbit from 1986 until 2000, it was crashed into the sea when it became too old. 
There is a competition to design a new space station OR Moon/Mars base, details to follow.

We meet on Friday lunchtimes in room 35 to talk about stars, planets and science, fact or fiction. The aim of the club is to share information, learn from others and get excited about space. If you can't make the club meetings you will be able to follow the main topics on a powerpoint available on the left hand side of the homepage. Please explore this and the other resources available on this site and share our excitement about space!
See the Photo Gallery for the photography competition winners! 

Interesting Websites:
Astronomical Picture of the Day - Each day, a new space-related picture is uploaded to the website, along with a description from a professional astronomer.

Zooniverse - A website utilizing citizen science where anyone can identify planets, classify galaxies, monitor the moon and much more!

NASA - Visit the amazing NASA website, read the blog updates, look at the amazing picture of the day, and view the awesome NASA calender, where you can look what will happen in space!

Astronomy magazine - All the latest news and info about astronomy, equipment, scientific discoveries and fascinating revelations.

"Another day, another ball of fire rising in the sky."
from the narration to "The Naked City"


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