Planetarium tracking `Carmen San Diego'

"Where in the Universe is Carmen San Diego?"

Visitors to Hansen Planetarium will find themselves tracking down the elusive villainess in our solar system and elsewhere, in a new interactive show.

The program, written and produced in part by Hansen Planetarium staff members, showcases the capabilities of new equipment at the planetarium, 15 S. State. It will combine live theater with star and laser show effects and music by Rockapella.

Search for Carmen at the planetarium Mondays through Saturdays at 7 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., until Nov. 22.

Alliant boosters help launch 8 satellites

Last week, Alliant Techsystems boosters helped launch an Orbital Sciences Corp. Pegasus rocket that put eight new communications satellites into precise orbit.

The network "offers low-cost data communications services in the United States and virtually all other regions around the world," said Alliant Techsystems spokesman Dave Nicponski at the company's Bacchus Works, Magna.

This completes the space segment of the worldwide data communications network, called ORBCOMM. The launch, from the NASA base at Wallops Island, off the Virginia coast, was the 14th consecutive successful Pegasus mission since 1966 and the 23rd overall for the launch vehicle.

US WEST is testing new caller ID for Net

US WEST is testing a new service designed to help Web users with a single phone line keep from missing an important phone call.

When a call is made to an Online Call Manager subscriber, the person's personal computer displays a pop-up window identifying the caller. The subscriber than can choose to accept the call, send the call to voice mail or transfer the call to another number.

The new product is set to be rolled out by the end of the year to US WEST customers in Omaha, Minneapolis and St. Paul. The company plans to offer it in other major markets in 1999. When the service would be offered in Utah has not been announced.

Online Call Manager requires customers to have a PC that is 486 or newer and have access to the Internet through a modem with a minimum speed of 14.4 kbps. The service works with most Internet service providers, US WEST said, and will cost $8 per month with a one-time setup charge of $9.

Kids can now access smoke-free Net site

The American Lung Association says 3,000 youngsters start smoking each day. With the hope of curbing teen smoking, the Lung Association has launched a Web site where teens can swap information with their peers about not smoking. The Smoke-Free Class of 2000 site at (www.lungusa.org/smokefreeclass) lets teens chat about smoking, learn about the dangers of smoking and share smoking prevention information.

A news release from the sponsor says the site will be run much like a college radio station, with teens making programming decisions and the American Lung Association providing technical support.