.Volume I, Issue 15, August 11, 1996

3-2-1 Blast Off: Destination Unknown
Begin your trek into space and beyond at http://www.seds.org/billa/tnp/ xpress.html where you can shuttle to the "10 best of the nine planets." This space odyssey provides incredible views of the planets you have heard of, like Saturn, Mars and Earth, but it also makes stops at sights that may be new to you, like lo, one of Jupiter's satellites, named after a mythological Greek maiden transformed into a cow by Zeus, a subject, like many others, linked to this site. Get on board the "Moon Express," following your interests wherever they may lead. Then, if you're ready to rocket off into another exploration of the cosmos, shoot over to http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/1995/49 a photo gallery of the most spectacular images sent home by the Hubble Space Telescope. Find out how the Hubble works, see images beamed back by a telescope 10 times more powerful than any on Earth, and click on the links that catch your interest. Then try the next best thing to being on the shuttle--stargazing. Get up and go outside after you go to http:// lsnt7.lightspeed.net/ astronomy/ naked-eye/ naked-eye.html#A1.2 where you can find out how to be a backyard astronomer. Don't have a telescope? Not a problem. Your own eyes will do, so let virtual reality lead you to real stars. Enjoy your adventures in space, and remember, great explorers follow the links! (The first and third sites are no longer available.)

High Points of the Americas
Hike with a team of young explorers as they journey through the Americas climbing each nation's highest peaks. From their Web site at www.23peaks.com survey the colorful journal entries and view the photo albums of the various treks. Discover what the explorers are eating to stay pumped up, the type of wildlife, insects and hazards they encounter, and what they do to prepare for the climbs. Ask your own questions, too, by sending e-mail to the 23 Peaks Expedition team. Put on your hiking boots, grab your walking stick and go! (This site is no longer available.)

Navigate the Pacific With the Youngest Sailors on the Web
Nicolas, Mathieu and Lucas Laffitte are sailing the Pacific for two years, and you can go along via the WWW. Sail to www.goals.com/kyrnos/kyrnhome.htm where you can cruise the boys' latest adventures in their log, sign up for their e-mail list, and talk to them through e-mail. These brothers will inspire all you adventurers to do your own on-line exploring!

Dear Amy: How can I get on the Web? School is out for the summer and I don't own a computer.--Shelly, Orlando, FL

Dear Shelly: Maybe there are some libraries near you that have computers on-line. Call them and ask. They may also know of community centers and businesses that have computers you can use this summer. My dad says there is a coffee shop in our town that lets customers use the Internet. You can also check with a local college or university to see if they offer an Internet training course or look in the Yellow Pages and the newspaper for Internet providers.

Dear Amy: What's the best modem to buy? I want to go really fast on the WWW.--Pete, Indianapolis, IN

Dear Pete: I don't recommend brands in my column, but you should buy the fastest modem your Internet provider can support. Also ask your provider if it plans to upgrade their modems soon. Currently, a modem with a speed of 28.8 baud is considered fast. There are faster modems available, but Internet providers may not support them. In the meantime, you can turn off automatic image-loading in your browser software. Then you don't have to wait for the pictures to load when going from one Web site to another.

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