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Reaching into the Low Orbit Frontier

6 Jan 2014, 19:45 UTC
Reaching into the Low Orbit Frontier
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One of the great things about working on Astronomy Cast is that sometimes I get to learn about things that I just didn’t fully appreciate in the past. Today I’m preparing for an episode on amateur/community spacecraft. I knew this was something that was going on, but I hadn’t appreciated the sheer diversity of missions that are in the works. In order to try and get my notes straight for today’s episode, I am going to summarize things here so that there are resource for all of us. I’m sure this will be out of date very quickly, but hopefully it will help you appreciate everything is much as I now do. (image credit: NASA)

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