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Classic Planetary Images Chosen For "The Year In Space"; 2000 Desk Calendar Highlights Solar System Exploration

ITHACA, NY--Oct. 4, 1999--The footpad of the Viking 1 lander rests firmly on a rocky patch of Martian soil in the first image ever returned from the surface of the red planet. Voyager 1 glances back at a crescent Jupiter after completing a miraculous fly-by of the gas giant. The five-mile-high Maat Mons volcano looms in the distance as seen by the Magellan spacecraft at Venus. These are some of the classic planetary images that have been chosen to appear in the 2000 edition of "The Year In Space" <http://www.YearInSpace.com>.

Sponsored by Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace Technologies Corp, Motorola and other industry leaders, "The Year In Space" is an award-winning desk calendar featuring weekly images from the past, present and future of space exploration.

Starry Messenger Press, publisher of the calendar, today announced that these and other planetary scenes are among the 54 full-page space images that were selected for the 2000 edition of weekly desk calendar. Other weeks showcase historical images from the Gemini, Apollo, and Shuttle programs, the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope, and world-famous observatories.

"NASA has been exploring the solar system up close for nearly four decades, so there was a wealth of images to choose from," says Steve Cariddi, owner of Starry Messenger Press. "These amazing images represent some of NASA's most stunning achievements."

Orders are now being taken for "The Year In Space," which will be shipped starting November 5. For more information, visit http://www.YearInSpace.com or call 800/736-6836.

Discounts are available for NASA employees, as well as for employees of organizations that sponsor the calendar.

Sponsors include: The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, Motorola, Ball Aerospace & Technologies, Rotary Rocket Company, National Space Society, Eagle Picher Technologies, MacDonald Dettwiler, ASE Space Solar Cells, Sky & Telescope, Astronomy Magazine, SpaceDaily.com, Space Camp, Sienna Software, The Planetary Society, U.S. Space Foundation, and the Space Awareness Alliance.

CONTACT:

Steve Cariddi

Steve@YearInSpace.com

www.YearInSpace.com

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