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. Discovery.com Promotes Slooh Online Telescope To Readers

'Join the mission in progress, and watch as images instantly unfold'. The online interface of Slooh's telescopic images.
New York NY (SPX) Mar 09, 2005
Slooh, the first online service to offer live viewing of outer space, has joined forces with Discovery.com to introduce Slooh's live space show to Discovery.com.

Slooh allows members to access and control its high-powered telescopes, which are situated at 7900 feet on Mt. Teide, at the Institute of Astrophysics in the Canary Islands, one of the world's best locations for astronomical viewing. In development since 2001, Slooh has been live and online every night since April 24th, 2004.

Slooh's telescopes are stationed five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, which enables members in North America to see the night sky during daylight hours in the U.S., starting at 2pm EST. Slooh's patent pending technology collects the light of distant celestial objects and develops the images in real time as members look on.

Slooh is configured to optimize the view of hundreds of astronomical objects such as the Orion Nebula, the Whirlpool Galaxy and the Pleiades Cluster-objects that are difficult to see in all their grandeur with a typical backyard telescope.

"Discovery.com is pleased to introduce this new product to our audience," said Mark Irwin, Vice President of Operations at Discovery.com. "Slooh's technology has made astronomy accessible and interesting for everyone."

"Our partnership with Discovery.com is an important milestone in our quest to popularize astronomy," said Michael Paolucci, President and Founder of Slooh. "It is a validation of Slooh's success thus far in making astronomy easy and affordable for the general public."

Since its limited introduction, Slooh has already attracted thousands of loyal paying customers, and is a leader in the burgeoning market of pay content sites on the internet.

Slooh has added many new features since its launch, including Slooh Radio, a nightly live audio feed of leading astronomy personalities who describe Slooh missions in progress as they take questions from members.

Featured speakers have included David Levy, co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker-Levy and Bob Berman of Astronomy Magazine. Slooh is currently recruiting amateur comet hunters to join its stable of Slooh Discoverers, who will use the observatories to make true discoveries on behalf of the membership.

Slooh's basic membership costs $49.95 per year for unlimited group missions, plus 15 minutes of solo mission time. Deluxe membership is $99.95 per year for unlimited group missions, plus 90 minutes of solo mission time.

Additional solo time can be purchased in 15-minute intervals for $19.95. A monthly membership of $7.95 per month is also available. Slooh is available online for a 7-night free trial and requires only a 56K modem and Flash 7.

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Kiruna, Sweden (SPX) Feb 28, 2005
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