SITE REVIEW: For the Love of Space

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Science  21 Aug 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5380, pp. 1107
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5380.1107b

They weren't even born when the first person set foot on the moon's dusty surface in 1969, but a group of high school, college, and graduate students is committed to promoting space travel to Mars and beyond. And with a Web site that garners about half a million hits daily and includes pages on the search for extraterrestrial life, NASA's shuttle launch schedules, and a history of artificial satellites from the 1960s to the present, they're passing their vision on to others.

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), a nearly 20-year-old organization with chapters worldwide, maintains a site hosted by its University of Arizona chapter (seds.lpl.arizona.edu/). There, amateur and professional astronomers as well as those curious to sample the field will find thousands of pages, each packed with stunning images and text. A highlight is “Nine Planets,” a section that gives a scientific précis on each of the planets, as well as their mythology. The numerous links cover everything from CNN's technology updates to NASA's international space station home page.

“It's a serious group effort,” says University of Arizona chapter president Aaron Schultz, explaining that SEDS members from all over the world contribute. And these space devotees are prepared to help converts: The site provides info on modestly priced planetarium software.

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