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Eastside Astronomical Society
P.O. Box 7482
Bellevue, WA 98008-7482

Email: info@eastsideastro.org

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Apollo 8

The next meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 23 at Lake Hills Library at the corner of 156th SE & Lake Hills Blvd.

We will present the NOVA show, Apollo 8, the first time the Saturn V was used to get us to the Moon. Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot Bill Anders launched on Dec. 21, 1968. It was thrilling for them, alright. The five engines on the rocket burned 20 tons of fuel per second, providing 4.5 G-forces. They couldn't hear mission control over the 5 roaring engines. Slammed back in their seats, they couldn't see the controls anyway. But after 8 minutes the rocket was silent as they reached Earth orbit.
(Apollo 7 used only one Saturn rocket as it stayed in Earth orbit.)
They were off to the Moon to get a good look at the "lay of the land," take pictures of possible landing sites while testing communications and navigation at the great distance, then head for home after 10 Moon orbits. They were in lunar orbit on Christmas Eve.

The book drawing will be for "The Book of the Moon" by Rick Stroud. There will be refreshments. The following meeting will be held on October 22 at Lake Hills.

NOTE: Please watch our website for possible meeting cancellations due to the construction company's warning that they will give only two-weeks notice.

| Lake Hills Library Directions |

Seattle Astronomy Blog:
Greg Scheiderer writes a very informative blog site about local Astronomy events and happenings in the Seattle area. He is also an EAS member. He can almost always be found at the Museum of Flight events and lectures taking notes and asking questions. So be sure to add his blog to your Astronomy reading list. Like most blog sites, you can even set up an RSS feed to keep up on the latest entries.

He also has started a calender on the site, and he'll have a lot of good info about just about everything astronomy related on that. All local clubs, museums, and star parties.

| Seattle Astronomy |
| Astronomy Calender |

Don't forget our blog site! Remember, EAS does have a blog site with a lot of the latest space, astronomy, some aviation, and whatever else looks good to share. President Tom Gwilym writes the blog and usually has a new entry or two every week, depending on what is going on that looks interesting. The blog is very easy to update, so there is more new goodies to read there than on the main EAS site (this one you are looking at) so make sure to check that out now and then or you can even set up an RSS feed when something new is posted.
| Eastside Astro-Blog |

Looking down rather than up: Seems that this summer hasn't been good for viewing the sky, and this fall has been pretty challenging also for that matter.
Sometimes it's fun to look the other direction and look down at the Earth. There is a site that shows very high resolution images of the Earth and your home area should be updated once a day. The MODIS satellite images the entire country each day, so on a good day you can look down and see your city. On a bad day, you can look down and see the tops of the clouds that delivered the rain and hid the night sky. The images from this site are really fantastic, and you can download them in different resolutions.
Give it a try.

| Daily view showing the Seattle area |