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What's New?

Recent major additions and modifications to the HobbySpace web site.
(This does not include new space links and links to "articles of interest" added
to various sections. These are added too frequently to keep up with here.
See the Web Headlines section for links to new articles.)

What' s New Archive for 2000
What' s New Archive for 1999

December 27, 2001

TV - added entry for Roaring Rockets, devoted to early TV sci-fi shows.

December 21, 2001

Investing - added an entry for companies that help students and small organizations and companies place experiments into space.

December 20, 2001

Collecting - entry for Aurora Galleries that will sell space & aviation memoribila.
Rocketry - entry about Evel Knievel's X-1 Skycycle with a steam rocket motor.

December 19, 2001

Real Space - created a new section of the HobbySpace Store that includes products and services that are directly related to space

December 16, 2001

News - began including the column by John Carter McKnight. Also, started an archive of his articles.

December 12, 2001

Store - restored the rocketry department with eHobbies products.

December 11, 2001

History - start a sub-section with links related to the history of the Chinese space program.

December 9, 2001

Did an external link check of the entire site. Now have over 13000 external links. Some sites that seem down at the moment, perhaps for hardware or system maintainence, may come back on line in time. So these links remain but with "[Error]" preceding them.

December 7, 2001

Activism - new sub-section on legislation that was influenced by space activists.

December 5, 2001

Books - entry for Dr. Fred in the childrens space books section.
Tourism - Image World project to launch game show winners to space.

November 28, 2001

Collecting - reorganized the Collecting Space pages and added several new links.
History - entry for SpaceAgencies.com
Simulators - Added entry for Moon Tycoon

November 18, 2001

Music - added entry for Jane Ira Bloom in Music for Space exploration section.
Space Science - entry for the American Meteor Society and the projects in which amateurs can participate.

November 10, 2001

Space Viewers - part of the Living Space section, these framed pages provide easy viewing of images and data, much of which is in real or near real time, of teh Solar Weather, from Deep Space Probes, and of the Earth.
Space Science - entry for the Mars student imaging program at Arizona State Univ.

November 8, 2001

Simulators - Added entries for the Mojoworld fractal texture software and in the simulator companies an entry for U n o b t a n i u m (also entries for this company in the collectibles section.

November 1, 2001

HobbySpace traffic for October set new highs. As calculated by the host providers statistics program, the number of visitors exceeded 30,000 for the first time and the number of pageviews reached 43,000, nearly 8000 above the previous record set in August. Hits were recorded from 81 countries.

Astronomy - more about the robotic telescope projects.

October 24, 2001

Astronomy - entries for the National Schools Observatory program in Britain and the RoCCoTo robotic telescope at the University Glamorgan.
RLV Table - reorganized the RLV Links section, moving the table to a new page and expanding on it.

October 5, 2001

Shopping - entry for the European Spaceshop

September 25, 2001

Activism/Controversies - new sub-section for exo-biological contamination issues with respect to Mars & Europa exploration and sample returns.

September 9, 2001

Music - entry for The Ride by Jimmie Evans added.

September 8, 2001

Astronomy - entry about the amateur space station telescope project.
Music - Wendy Carlos's Digital Moonscapes added to symphonic/classical section.
Satellite Watching - entry for the EOSOC - Earther Orbiting Satellite Observers Club.

August 31, 2001

Activism - new sub-section on Space Angels - millionaire investors in space projects.
Astronomy - new sub-section on comet hunting by amateurs.

August 29, 2001

Radio - entry for the US Naval Academy ground station.
Rocketry - Kimbo Rocket project with Cal State Long Beach
RLVNews update.
Satellite Building - section on companies that arrange launches for small payloads from schools and amateur groups.
Space Gazette update.

August 26, 2001

Movies - entries for some little know space movies of the 1990's
TV - some additional links and resources on TV space and Scifi series.

August 24, 2001

Collecting - added entry for Skyforce Space Patches
Space Education, Science & Technology - added several new sites for asteroid info and extra-solar planets.

August 21, 2001

EyesInTheSky - entry for Operational Significant Event Imagery.
Music - entry for
Ramunas Yaras's Space Odyssey piece for two female voices, flute, violin and cello (2001).

August 16, 2001

Astronomy- resources about dark night sky preservation.
RLVNews update

August 13, 2001

MultiMedia - images, screensavers, etc. available at the Chandra X-ray observatory website.

August 8, 2001

Rocketry - Cal Space Sytems rocketry club added to advanced projects section.

July 31, 2001

Music - entry about Gemini 6 Christmas "performance".
News - new edition of the Space Gazette.
SciTech - updated the links.

July 16, 2001

Spacelife - Split the spacelife page into two pages with a the second one dedicated to life on the Moon, planets and other solar system bodies.
Tourism - Hans-Jurgen Rombaut's lunar architecture and Moon Hotel designs.

July 13, 2001

MultiMedia - A section on strange images from the Mars Global Surveyor.

July 8, 2001

Over the past few days I checked all external and relative links after processing the pages with my LinkWatch program.

HobbySpace now holds over 12,000 external links.

I generally try to find the correct URLs for dead links, except those in the archives, but this is often not possible.

In particular, many news article links, such as press releases displayed at Yahoo and stories at newspapers, become disconnected over time. Worse, even some of the space news sites such as Space.com and Spacedaily drop their older links despite their archival significance.

On the other hand, its common for a site to go down occasionally for a few days due to maintainence or a change of host. If I suspect this is the case, I leave the link but the [ -- Error -- ] tag is left in the link name so that I can watch the link in case it reappears.

July 2, 2001

Investing - expanded the section on remote sensing industry.

June 20, 2001

Movies - entries for Flight to Mars, Spaceways, and First Spaceship on Venus.

June 14, 2001

History - links to pages about the Lunar Module at a Long Island history site.
Models - added several links to the paper models sections include Fiddlers Green and spacecraftModels.com.
Simulators - Added an entry for the free Orbiter space simulator.

June 14, 2001

Rocketry - Robert Culp's Rocketry Equations page and Dan French's BOMARC project
Solar Sci-Fi
- An "Inquirer's Guide To The Universe" site for aspiring hard sci-fi writers.

June 12, 2001

Art - added an entry for Phil Smith and put one of his images at the top and on the investing page.
Rocketry - start box with list of rocket projects with public logs of their activities.
Simulators - Added Exoflight. Re-organized the lunar landers into a single sub-section.

June 7, 2001

Books - added a sub-section on space magazines.

June 3, 2001

Models - created a sub-section dedicated to 3D computer models.
History - entry for Paolo Ulivi's Planetary Exploration site.

June 1, 2001

Space Art - link to Robert McCall's home site added.
SpaceCasts - Wallops sounding rocket launch webcasts.
Space Science - NASA Student Involvement Program. Also, the Mars Society's Desert Research Station.

May 24, 2001

Space Science - NearEarth.net added to meteor observation section.

May 20, 2001

Music - expanded the list of space songs.

May 16, 2001

Rocketry - entry for Vidroc in the rocketry videos and photos section.

May 8, 2001

Music - added sub-section on Rap space music.

May 2, 2001

Rocketry - entries for Armadillo Aerospace and the High Performance Propulsion Prize.

May 1, 2001

RLV News - review of the recent Space Access Society meeting.

April 26, 2001

History - JFK's Rice University speech.
Space Science - NASA's DIME student microgravity program.
Store - new space foods section.

April 23, 2001

EyesInTheSky - entry for NASA's This Planet Earth page of satellite "zoom-ins".
Rocketry - entry for Aardvark Rockets and Hobbies online store.
Shopping - Final Frontier Jerky - a tasty treat for space pioneers.
Simulators - more solar sail simulator links.

April 18, 2001

Contests - Kistler competition.
- The Flight of STS-1 - NASA history site about the first shuttle flight.
Satellite Building - Australian JAESAT micro-satellite with Mars Society payload.

April 12, 2001

Movies - entry for Stowaway to the Moon.
Rocketry - entry for the Fredericksburg High School, Texas rocketry program.

April 9, 2001

Building a Weather Satellite Ground Station - extensive new sub-section to Space Radio describing the building of systems to receive satellite images.

April 4, 2001

Satellite Building - an entry for the German LunarSat university project.

April 1 , 2001

HobbySpace surpassed 20,000 visitors in a single month for the first time. (No, this is NOT an April Fools joke!) According to my service provider's Urchin statistics tool, 22,681 visitors saw 29,392 pages in March. (It defines a unique visitor as a download to a unique IP number within a half hour.
HobbbySpace does not make or use cookies.)

Here are the top 15 pages in popularity ordered top to bottom:

March 30, 2001

Satellite Watching - more info about telescope imaging of spacecraft and more links to image galleries.

March 29, 2001

Space Science - entry for the Mars Society's pressurized rover project.

March 26, 2001

Music - added an entry for Christine Lavin and a sub-section on Space Rock.
Satellite Building - added images and links for the video of the Spoutnik 40 launching.

March 25 , 2001

Collecting - added FarthestReaches.com to autographs and general collectibles sections.
Rocketry - updated the advanced rocketry competitions sub-section.

March 22 , 2001

Satellite Watching - added Tom Sylvester's FlyOver satellite tracking program.

March 15 , 2001

Simulators - Space City One

March 10 , 2001

Music - added entry about Jonn Serrie.

March 8 , 2001

Simulators - Lunar Colony simulation in VR section.

February 23, 2001

All external links checked. Those that were certified dead were removed, while those that might just be down temporarily are marked with a [--Error--] marker.

HobbySpace now holds more than 11000 external links!

February 18, 2001

Future - a new page on space rocks.

February 12, 2001

History - Entry for the NACA technical report server.

February 8, 2001

MultiMedia - Lunar atlas entry.
Rocketry - added entry for 1021 Design's model rocket CAD software

February 6, 2001

Movies - entry with links to on-line films

February 4, 2001

SolarSciFi - added a new sub-section for links to on-line sci-fi. Includes a new comedy Mars adventure story by Peter Rasmussen.

February 3, 2001

Art - entry for Arts-Catalyst
Rocketry - added entries for Peter Alway and his Saturn Press.

January 31, 2001

Music - added more songs to the space music list.

January 30, 2001

Art - more about the Red Rover and Envisat art contests.
LivingSpace - satellite distribution images from STK.
Store - further improvements including a music and videos sections.

January 25, 2001

Rocketry - added Estes.
Store - created a virtual store of products from affiliate advertisers.

January 23, 2001

Activism - updated the history of activism essay.
Art - small section on space colony art.
Models - entry for LinkHobby which sells Russian rocket vehicle models.
Multimedia - added links to sites with 3D graphics models of space vehicles.[June.3.01 - moved 3D model links to models section.]
Simulators -Space Station simulators sub-section

January 19, 2001

Books - added Knollwood used space books to the store list.
Collecting - expanded the meteorite section with entries on meteorite hunting and products made from meteorites.

January 13, 2001

GPS - more links for the recreational subsection. Plus a new software and maps sub-section.
Movies - Man Conquers Space short film in the upcoming section. An entry for Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy section on mistakes made in sci-fi space movies.

January 8, 2001

Activism - separated the Space Controversies into it's own page. Expanded also with a couple more topics.
Space Science - added the CooperativeSatellite Learning Program.

January 5, 2001

Art - Zero-G art in space site.
Contests - Mars Art contest
GPS - GEOCaching and other recreational activities added.

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