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November 24 2011 Astronomy Newsletter

Hello everybody!

My good wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating it today. Here is a story about what the astronauts on the International Space Station are eating.

Thanksgiving in Space
Many good foods are associated with a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner. But what do you suppose would be on the menu for Thanksgiving in space? Would you squeeze turkey paste out of a tube and get gelatin-covered dessert in cubes? Nope. Space food has got much better since the early days.

If you'd like to see Dan Burbanks's Thanksgiving greetings from the ISS, click on

Another article for this week is the answer to a frequently-asked question about a good book for young readers interested in astronomy.

Exploring Stars and Planets - book review
Looking for an astronomy book for readers 8-14? Philip's has a brand new edition of Ian Ridpath's best seller. Clearly written and illustrated with up-to-date images, it's the story of the Solar System. But there are also glimpses into galaxies, exploding stars and the history of the Universe.

Recently released is a beautiful timelapse video of photographs taken from the International Space Station. See the Earth as astronauts see it. There is also a list of the places shown in the video – it isn't always obvious what you're looking it.

That's all for now.  Wishing you clear skies.

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