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20 January 2009

15 Awesome Space Projects

Here’s a great post from one of my favorite blogs, Web Urbanist: 15 Cool Space Projects for Today and Tomorrow. The post has a bunch of awesome images, and gives a good overview of the current plans of space agencies across the globe. Check it out!

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20 December 2008

Obama's Weekly Address: Science!

Obama’s youtube address this week focused on his views on science in the US and his picks for his science advisors and administrators. I highly recommend watching the whole address – after the last 8 years, it’s therapeutic to hear the president elect talk about science as if it’s one of the US’s greatest assets and not just an institution standing in the way of political ambitions. Here’s my favorite …

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4 December 2008

A single Mars program for the Earth?

One interesting tidbit that came out of the NASA presser on the MSL delay are comments made by NASA Assoc. Admin. for the Science Mission Directorate, Ed Weiler. Apparently, NASA and ESA have gotten clearance to start laying the groundwork for a joint Mars program. As Ed Weiler said: So David [Southwood – ESA Director of Science] and I sort of talked about the possibility of maybe we oughta think …

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21 October 2008

Massive Crystals: The coolest thing I've ever seen.

Really, that’s all I said for like 5 minutes after seeing this picture for the first time: Those are PEOPLE, for scale. Here’s another pic, just to put you in a little more awe: These are the largest crystals yet to be found on Earth, with some reaching over 30 feet in length! As reported in NG, The Cueva de los Cristales is located 1000 feet below ground in the …

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9 October 2008

Dark matter around Earth?

Dark matter is one of those mysterious physics problems that, while really awesome in theory, almost never seems to have applications back here in the solar system. However, a new theory claims that dark matter might be lurking just overhead. A new study (Adler, J. Phys. A) has come out that sets an upper limit on the amount of dark matter between Earth and the orbit of the moon: 1500 …

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1 October 2008

The footprints of a moonlet's demise…

A cool paper just came out in Icarus this week claiming that a crater in the northern plains of Mars may be the result of the impact of a small moonlet of Mars, possibly just smaller than Deimos. Here’s the crater: (Chappelow and Herrick, 2008) Because the crater is so elliptical, and because of the “blowouts” on the eastern edges of the craters (where ejecta actually blew back through the …

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15 September 2008

First image of another planet around a sun-like star!

Check it out – this is probably the first image of an extra solar planet around a Sun-like star! More specifically, the image above shows both the primary and companion of the star 1RXSJ160929.1-210524 (romantic, eh?), imaged at the Gemini North Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The companion is about 8 times the mass of Jupiter, and has a radius about 17% of the Sun’s. One of the reasons …

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22 August 2008

Carnival of Space #68 and First Frost for Phoenix!

This week’s Carnival of Space is up over at Crowlspace! Be sure to check out this fantastic picture of the first image of water frost on the martian surface from Phoenix over at The Meridiani Journal. Eventually, Phoenix will be covered with about 3 feet of frost and ice. So, while this is a very cool thing to see, some might find the first signs of frost a little depressing.

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8 August 2008

Carnival of Space #66

Check out the newest Carnival of Space, which is now up over at A Mars Odyssey!

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7 August 2008

Phoenix Update: Pondering Perchlorates

Since we last checked in on Phoenix, the team has had made remarkable progress in investigating the lander’s local environment. The team has: – Finished the mission-success panorama – Officially detected water ice in TEGA – Investigated the bizzarely clumpy and sticky nature of the landing site’s soil – Observed changes in the ice deposits under the lander – Continued to monitor the summer polar weather – Received a mission …

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