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Another issue of Flash that heavily depends on SeeSat-L messages that were sent out on Internet since last month's issue. People subscribed to SeeSat-L might find the repetition a bit annoying, but I figure that most Flash-readers are not yet on Internet, so it makes sense to reproduce some of it (not all of it, that would easily fill two issues of Flash!). SeeSat-L has, exactly at the time of writing, reached the threshold of 100 subscribers. Something neither Walter Nissen (co-founder of SeeSat-L) nor I had ever expected, we were thinking more along the lines of 40! Aside from having Flash, our brochure and our program on the World Wibe Web (WWW), running the SeeSat list and collecting a significant part of the WG's observations through Internet, we are internet-wise of course also involved in the Home Page for the Visual Satellite Observer. Neil Clifford and I have added a Home Page for SeeSat-L, that contains all recent messages that were sent out on the list and is automatically updated as soon as a message is sent out. And finally, we have started a prediction service for bright satellites, also on our Web pages. All of this net-stuff may sound boring to most of you, but it is my aim to get as many of you as possible on the Internet to join the fun...

The Proceedings of Eurosom 1 are still not finished. I am slowly losing my patience with two or three authors that seems to have a sever case of writer's block. But spring 1995 isn't over yet... Next month will be a busy month for me, I will be absent from Munich for two weeks, and this will delay Flash by about a week. Don't expect Flash 94 before the first week of july!

Some of you may have wondered whether there will ever be a Eurosom 2. It has been discussed by a few people in the recent past and I think there is a consensus that that would be a good idea. My personal preference would be to hold it in Fall 1996, somewhere in Europe. I am open to suggestions and remarks. I will summarize in one of the next issues of Flash.

Further on in this issue you will find an article by Rainer Kracht, who has, in collaboration with Pierre Neirinck, identified the elusive Molniya-flasher of 1991! A fine piece of detective work it was! Also, Neil Clifford looks ahead to the next Shuttle flights and our chances to see them. This issue also contains some news about the DRA project, for which more support is still needed. And much more, of course. And even more next month...

Bart De Pontieu



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