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After weeks of deliberation, long speeches, and direct appeals to the Prime Minister, Veilyonia has announced plans to begin the construction of the Extyutorrest Espyutiks Ayzhya zhi Veilyonia (EEAV) (Also known as the Space Exploration Association of Veilyonia.) The Prime Minister announced that construction has already begun, and that all existing space exploration organizations will be placed under Veilyonian control.

Prime Minister Shyuya Delkya also announced that the new administrator of the Association will be Lunikov Detryia, former administator of the IVSA (Independent Veilyonia Space Association.) The IVSA will remain a branch of the EEAV until all existing ventures are completed. Until then, the EEAV and IVSA are expected to work closely together on the completion of the National Space Station, administation of the existing GPS satellite network, and probe Copernicus II, which will be making a Mars flyby later this week.

The Veilyonian Senate has announced that roughly 1 trillion dijars will be devoted to the space program, approximately 6.6% of the National Budget.

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Following today's earlier announcement, Lunikov Detryia released a statement regarding the EEAV:

Fellow Veilyonians, I would like to publicly express my enthusiasm regarding the formation of the EEAV. I would also like to thank Prime Minister Delkya for giving me the oppurtunity to pave our pathway to the stars. The EEAV intends to travel to reaches of our solar system where man could only gave upon with wishful thoughts until today. Prime Minister Delkya has given me the opportunity to disclose some of these upcoming projects with the public. Our current goals are charting and exploring Iapetus and establishing a foothold on Mars in anticipation of the colonization of Iapetus. We intend to design two probes, one to photograph Iapetus from space, and a second to explore the planet's surface, taking samples and analyzing them. We also intend to make new extensions to our National Space Station. In 5 hours, the IVSA spaceship Catalyst will make its seventh and final flight to install several solar panels and attach the first piece of a 1-acre enclosure within the space station. By the end of 2009, we intend to have enough space for 100 occupants and supplies necessary for life in the Natonal Space Station

Although Mr. Detryia failed to comment on the cost of the operation, the two satellites are expect to cost 15 million dijar and 40 million dijar, respectively. Some have begun to speculate that the lander satellite will be sent back to Earth, but that is probably unlikely, at best.

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Officials are proud to report that Catalyst safely launched yesterday evening from the Zhou Peh Launch Site. The ship is expected to rendezvous with the National Space Station later tonight. There were no complications during takeoff, although the EEAV is considering replacing the old launch pad with a newer model, and constructing two others. The project is expected to be completed in two weeks and is expected to cost 100 million dijar. The construction of a new spaceship is also pending, but few details have been released, save the fact that it will be called Catalyst II.

The probe Copernicus II is expected to make its Mars flyby on Friday, orbiting the planet several times to determine an ideal site for the Mars base (this will take approximately 4 days). After making a Mars flyby, Copernicus II will spend the last of its fuel to exit orbit around Mars. It will then use Jupiter's gravity to slingshot to Iapetus, where the first pictures of the moon will be taken, determining the future landing site of the Iapetus rover. Copernicus II is expected to enter orbit around Iapetus 10 days after leaving Mars. The lander, Aristarchus IV is currently under construction and will not be launched until an ideal landing site is determined.

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The EEAV reported the success of the new istallation project on the National Space Station. The only reported difficulties were docking the ship, and a slight error on one of the astronaut's parts that lead to a bolt flying out into space. The bolt was replaced, however, and construction was reported successful. The astronauts on Catalyst Mission II are expected to remain at the space station for 10 days before returning to Earth. In other news, the EEAV set the deadline for the installation of the two new launch pads and a newly announced addition to the control center. The deadline is March 23.

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Many overtime hours were spent at the EEAV control center last night sending and receiving data from Copernicus II. The first pictures of Mars were viewed by an awestruck crowd of 10 last night at the control center. The pictures are of great detail and EEAV officials have already begun to determine a proper site for the Mars Base. On Monday, March 16, Copernicus II will exit its orbit around Mars and begin its long journey towards Iapetus. It is expected to reach Iapetus on March 30, approximately two weeks after the Mars orbit is broken. Tomorrow, Copernicus II will make its closest encounter with Mars, flying within 10,000 miles of the surface.

In other news, the Iapetus lander, Aristarchus IV is expected to be completed on March 22. It will lay dormant until April when Copernicus II enters orbit around Iapetus. The EEAV announced that after Aristarchus IV is launched, construction will begin on several new spaceships that will be flown to Mars. It is the hope of the EEAV that a Mars Base will be established by the end of May, and completed by the end of 2009.

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The EEAV announced earlier this morning that the Mars flyby has ended and that Copernicus II has begun its long trip to Iapetus and is expected to enter orbit on March 30th. During its close passing, Copernicus II

was able to take some stunning pictures, helping the EEAV to determine the location of the Mars Base. The location will be released to the general public on a later date.

In other news, the EEAV observatory reported the discovery of a large comet making a passage within 1 million miles of Earth on March 20. It will be closely analyzed and named on that date. It is expected to be very visible from Earth, so all able Veilyonians are encouraged to look for it.

The construction on the two new launch pads at the EEAV headquarters is nearing completion. The first station has been completed, and the second is approximately halfway through construction. The control center is taking a bit longer, with all of the machinery that has to be installed. The older control center is still being kept operational to ensure the success of the Copernicus II mission. The older control station will still be operational after construction is completed, and will be solely dedicated to probe missions. The newe space station will be used for contacting astronauts and controlling larger operations.

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Lunikov Detryia steps up to the podium:

Fellow Veilyonians, long have we turned our eyes and curiosity to the stars. Now, I am proud to announce that the day has come when we shall begin living amongst them. For the past three days, Copernicus II has combed the surface of Iapetus for an ideal landing site. EEAV officials have worked diligently over the past few nights tracking its path and analyzing photographs. And now, at long last, a, ideal landing site has been determined for Aristarchus IV. Tomorrow, it shall be launched from the Zhou Peh Launch Site, destined to land on Iapetus and analyze the surface composition, temperature, and general characteristics of the area. Expected to land on April 20, Aristarchus IV will pave the way for a mission so unfathomable, that the EEAV has not released it until today. We aspire to land the first man on Iapetus, and establish a permanent dwelling there. Although months away, our dreams are finally in reach. Thank you.

In other news, the comet that passed Veilyonia on March 20 has been analyzed and named Antiklea. Veilyonians as far north as Veizhin Vyogoron and as far south as the tiny Astral City have reported seeing the comet, as it lit up the Veilyonian sky that night.

Finally, the two new launch pads at the Control Center have been completed. It is speculated that the rocket holding Aristarchus IV will be launched from this site. The new spaceship is expected to be completed on April 15. No further word on the matter has been released.

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Having refused to comment on the launch of Aristarchus IV until recently, the EEAV has attempted to supress speculation regarding the launch. However, the EEAV released several important details of the launch, previously scheduled to take place on April 20.

"Unfortunately, our optimism in light of the recent discoveries and missions forced us to postpone the launch of Aristarchus IV until today. It will land on May 20th, as the dlay has allowed us to make several crucial improvements, which will not allow the lander to take ice samples, electromagnetic surveys, and measure the intensity of solar rays on the planet. We issue this staement as both an apology, and an encouraging statement, as the lander will now be able to give us some idea regarding the creation of the Iapetus base."

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Distinguished Representatives of EEAV,

The Federal Empire of Korros would like to know if you are interested in possible joint space ventures. In particular, we would like you to join the MJTP cooperative we are currently forming.

Regards,

Min. Maeda

Foreign Ministry of Korros

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