Our first meeting after the summer break was on 30th August. and our first without Stuart at the helm.. Bill covered the usual round up of news items, including extended coverage of the recent space shuttle return to space and problems still facing NASA. The next shuttle launch being put back until at least March 2006 at the earliest.
Robin talked about the recent discovery of "the 10th planet" in the solar system. Including the debate about the status of the object and the various naming conventions that must be followed. Robin also managed to capture the spectrum of one of the Perseid meteors, back in mid August and was able to identify the various elements making up the meteor as it burned up in the Earths upper atmosphere.
Chris covered the launch of NASA’s Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter due to reach Mars in 2006.