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The WSH Crew goes Slack – 2018 Edition
15. November 2018

For some time now, we have been trying out a new way of communication behind the scenes of the WSH Crew with Slack, a very powerful messaging and collaboration tool in the style of an IRC chat. Because a moderated Slack channel will be shown on screen in the Weekly Space Hangout and Astronomy Cast from now on, we would now like to invite all community members to the WSH Slack.

Joining the Slack is easy! Just write an email to to receive an invitation with all further details. We will vet each applicant to avoid spammers and trolls and for this reason we would like to ask everyone to include the Google+ profile you have joined the community with or your Youtube or Twitch handle in your request. Once you have joined, you will have access to the WSH Slack, which not only has the live chat channels for the WSH and Astronomy Cast, but also a general area, a guest suggestion corner, an off-topic channel just for chatting and much more. The same house rules as in the community also apply in the Slack chat. 

The WSH Slack is not meant to replace our Google+ Community – but with the coming closure of Google+ in 2019 the Slack may become our primary home for a while to continue  supporting the hangouts and projects the WSH Crew is affiliated with. We have not yet made any firm plans how to replace the Google+ Community, but we will build a new place for us in some shape or form over the next year!

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us in the community or via email.

Book Giveaway: Mission Moon 3-D
14. November 2018

Believe it or not, the WSH Crew is doing a THIRD book giveaway – this time we are giving away three copies of Mission Moon 3-D: A New Perspective on the Space Race by David Eicher, Editor-in-Chief of Astronomy magazine, and Dr. Brian May! The book is co-published by The MIT Press and The London Steroscopic Company.

To enter for a chance to win, send an email to with the Subject: 3D. Be sure to include your name and email address in the body of your message so that the Crew can contact the winners afterward.

To be eligible, your entry must be postmarked no later than 11:59:59 PM ET on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. On Wednesday, November 14, we will be selecting our three winners at random from all eligible entries received. No purchase is necessary. You do not need to be watching the show live to win. Contest is open to all viewers worldwide. Limit: One entry per person – duplicate entries will be deleted.