Volume 91, Issue 32

Friday, October 24, 1997

cliff hanger



Travel thru Delaware

Travelling across the globe might be much easier this weekend thanks to organizers from Delaware Hall who are hosting their annual International Open House.

Carmen Volpe, international residence don at Delaware Hall, said the event will house over 20 tables representing various cultures available for visitation.

"The Open House will help raise awareness and will introduce others to different traditions and cultures," she said. People will also be able to obtain passports when they enter which will get stamped at every table.

The event will take place on Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the second floor of Delaware Hall in the Formal Lounge. Admission is free.

All welcome to town hall meeting

For those unable to attend Western's Annual Community Meeting, an open Town Hall meeting has been set for Oct. 28 to discuss several issues pertaining to the past, present and future of Western.

Ted Garrard, Western's VP-external, said President Paul Davenport will be speaking on Tuesday about Western's achievements and the challenges for the following year.

Both Peter Mercer, VP-administration and Greg Moran, VP-academics, will also be in attendance. The Annual Community Meeting will take place the following day at the London Convention Centre.
–Sandra Dimitrakopoulos

Western duo find lost spacecraft

The recent discovery of the Viking 2 spacecraft, an American vessel lost on Mars for 21 years, was the work of Western geography professor Phil Stooke and undergraduate student Wallace Chu, who used a super-resolution imaging technique to calculate the exact position of the craft's landing area.

The process involved counting boulders on the horizon taken by the Viking 2 and matching them to a longitude/latitude grid.

"I think we solved an interesting little puzzle," said Stooke, whose hypothesis could be tested with photography by the National Aeronautics and Space Agency sometime in the next two years as exploration of Mars continues to increase.

The project was spread over nearly a year, Stooke said, adding he wants to see if the same kinds of high-resolution tests can be used to aid future spacecraft landings.
–James Pugsley

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