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January 2004

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Features

Journey to Saturn

If all goes according to plan, the Cassini spacecraft will run rings around the Voyager flybys of Saturn. And that's not even counting the Huygens probe, which will parachute to the surface of the enigmatic moon Titan.

In the line of fire

Since their discovery in the '70s, gamma-ray bursts have stumped astronomers. Now, research suggests these energetic blasts originate in the violent deaths of massive stars.

"Space flight is utter bilge."

Despite skepticism and ridicule from scientists and the public alike, a small handful of dreamers kept faith in their vision of space flight and planned for the day when humanity would break loose from Earth.

From heaven on Earth . . . into thin air

Last year, ASTRONOMY's tours to Alaska and Hawaii featured spectacular views of everything from the northern lights to the Southern Cross. This year's excursions promise to be just as eventful.

Lunar Apennines

You'll be scrambling to set up your scope after you read this fascinating story of crater formation and destruction in this rugged area of the Moon.

Orion's StarBlast

Orion's new telescope for kids offers a wide field of view, good images, portability, and low cost - and the best thing is you don't have to be a kid to enjoy it.

Saturn in prime time

Take advantage of this year's favorable appearance of Saturn. A longtime watcher of the Ringed Planet shares his helpful tips and techniques to enhance your observing.

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