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This years book fair begins Sept. 2

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The 27th edition of the  Feria Internacional del Libro Costa Rica begins Sept. 2 for a nine-day run.

Among the featured guest this year is Mary Jo Bang, a poet from the United States. She is a college professor in Missouri and has a career that includes 10 years as co-editor of the Boston Review.

Other foreign invited authors come from Colombia, Guatemala, Argentina and Spain.

The book fair is in the Antigua Aduana on Calle 23 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. There also are many special events including a celebration of Librería Lehmann‘s 120 th anniversary.

The event is put on by the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud and the Cámara Costarricense del Libro. Last year 60,000 persons attended.

Although most of the books on display are in Spanish, there are a significant number in other languages including English.



Solar probe comes back from the dead

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

After losing communication with a space probe two years ago, NASA says it has reestablished contact.

NASA said it lost contact with the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories, known as the STEREO-B spacecraft, on Oct. 1, 2014, but that on Thursday, the Deep Space Network established a link with the craft.

Contact with the probe was lost after a maneuver to try to prevent overheating of the ship’s antenna. Two similar space probes are orbiting the sun gathering information on solar weather.

STEREO-B is the sister craft to STEREO-A, both of which were launched in 2006 to study the sun and space weather. The spacecraft have contributed greatly to the understanding of coronal mass ejections, a bubble of super-heated gas and charged particles blasted into space from the sun’s upper atmosphere, the corona, NASA said.

STEREO-A is reportedly working normally.

NASA said it will now have to test STEREO-B to see how instrumentation and other sensors are operating after two years.

Both spacecraft are located on the other side of the sun from earth.


Missing tour guide shows up at work safe

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The 47-year-old tour guide who went missing Thursday in Manuel Antonio has turned up, officials reported. He is Vinicio Fallas Ureña of  Aserrí. The man showed up for work Tuesday, said officials who attributed his absence to a personal problem.
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