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Stand for something!

Posted by thebalanceofme on 2008.02.09 at 14:20
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SIFUA has expanded beyond cyberspace.

First we incorporated as a non-profit in the State of Iowa.

Now we are offering membership with benefits and have begun fund raising efforts as well.

More details regarding membership will follow as well as the release of our new website in the next couple of weeks.

Thank all of you for your support. It is appreciated and noticed by those of us on the other side of the screen.

Thank you . . .

Your Interstellar Ambassador,


eddie huh

Mercury Messenger

Posted by valfatale on 2008.01.14 at 22:25
Mercury Messenger, a NASA probe, performed a 200 kilometer fly-by of Mercury today. It's the first probe to visit the planet since 1975.

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Beginning each New Year and lasting for nearly a week, the Quadrantid Meteor Shower sparkles across the night sky for nearly all viewers around the world.

Any meteors will seem to come from the general direction of bright Arcturus and Boötes.

According to NASA, scientists believe this could be the most brilliant meteor shower in 2008 with over 100 visible meteors per hour at its peak. Best viewing times with the highest meteor rates are expected to be in either the late evening of Jan. 3 over Europe and western Asia or the early morning of Jan. 4 over the eastern United States. For the USA: 6pm – 2am (Pacific Time) on Jan. 3 and 4, 2008. For Northern Europe: 2am – 10am (London) on Jan. 4, 2008. For Northern Asia: 11am – 7pm (Tokyo) on Jan. 4, 2008.


Happy Holidays

Posted by thebalanceofme on 2007.12.29 at 22:53
Fellow Travelers,

We here at SIFUA hope all of you out there are having a safe and happy holiday season.

There are a lot of great things coming up in 2008. We would like to thank all of you who have been there for the last part of 2007. Your support is appreciated and will be rewarded with more great educational items and space advocacy initiatives this next year.


Your Interstellar Ambassador,


Fellow Explorer,

SIFUA Foundation now has a presence on the Yahoo Groups Website.

Visit us at:

Yahoo SIFUA Group

Your Interstellar Ambassador,

Shane Kula

SIFUA is now accepting submissions for it's Spring 2008 Newsletter.

Submission guidelines:

* Articles should range between 500 and 1500 words. Content is more important than length.

* Articles should stick to the following areas of interest:

+ Space Science
+ Space Engineering Topics
+ Advancements in the commercialization or industrialization of space
+ Space Law
+ Astronomy
+ General Interest space topics

* Include a brief biography describing your background and interest in space.

* Articles submitted have no guarantee of being accepted - We reserve the right to reject an article for any reason.

* By submitting your article to SIFUA Foundation, Inc., you grant us the right to publish it. We can publish the article anywhere on the website, blog, newsletter, or via syndicated RSS feed.

* By submitting an article you are attesting to the fact it is your own original work and you hold the sole license to said work.

To Submit Article:

+ Submit all articles as text documents.
+ Email articles to submissions @ sifua . org (remove the spaces)
+ Please allow up to seven days for acknowledgment of your article

If Accepted:

+ Contributers of accepted articles will be notified of acceptance in due time
+ Acceptance does not entitle you to any form of compensation, financial or otherwise

Thank you and good luck!

Life in the Oceans of Europa?

A robotic mission is being planned for the Jovian System, set to explore one of its moons, Europa, looking for life. Still in the testing stages, one version of the probe has already been tested in the waters of Mexican sinkhole. The current version is set to explore the icy waters of the Antarctic in October of 2008. The submarine, named Endurance, will be put to the test exploring the -50 degree Celsius waters for signs of life, operating for up to 8 hours on it's own.

For more information on this mission, see the excellent article below.

Life on Europa?

On the moon.

NASA has announced another mission to follow the already scheduled October 2008 launch of its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. This second mission, duew to launh sometime in 2011, will use multiple spacecraft flying in tandem to measure the gravitonic field of the moon. This mission is to be called Gravity Recovery And Internal Laboratory or GRAIL.

To find out more, visit:

Gravity Recovery And Internal Laboratory

As of December 4th, 2007, SIFUA, otherwise known as Space Is For Us All, is now officially recognized as the legal entity, SIFUA Foundation, Inc., an Iowa Corporation incorporated and operated as a non-profit per Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3).

Proof of our incorporation and receipt and filing of Articles of Incorporation can be seen below.

SIFUA Foundation, Inc. Articles of Incorporation

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