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31 March 2015

Martian Chronicles is Back!

Good news everyone: this blog is coming out of retirement! For a while now, I and two other USGS scientists on the Curiosity team, Ken Herkenhoff and Lauren Edgar, have been posting brief updates on what the Curiosity rover is up to, over at the USGS Astrogeology website. Now, through the wonders of the internet (and some behind the scenes work by the USGS and AGU webmasters) those updates will …


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4 August 2008

Guest Blog: Lakes on Titan

So, Saturn is in the news again, and I’d be remiss in my bloggerly duties if I didn’t mention it. Or, rather Titan is in the news again. See, it has liquid on its surface. But wait, you say, didn’t we already know that? Well, kind of. What had happened is that the radar aboard Cassini showed that there were these dark spots near the poles. Now, interpreting radar is …


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3 August 2008

Guest Blog: On Biases

Hello, my name is Rebecca Harbison, and I’m a grad student in astronomy at Cornell University, and guest-blogger. Some information about me. I work on Saturn’s rings using VIMS, the Visible-Infrared Mapping Spectrometer. Right now, I’m trying to measure how small the smallest particles are in Saturn’s Main Rings, by looking at how they diffract sunlight. (Think of me as sitting in a theater, staring at the light from the …


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28 July 2008

Adding a little Cassini flavor

As Ryan will be out doing field work in Hawaii for the next few weeks, and I’ll be in the Windy City at a little concert called Lollapalooza (woohoo!), we’ve invited a guest author onto the blog. So look for posts from Rebecca Harbison, a fellow Cornell grad student who studies the rings of Saturn with data from Cassini. Welcome to the Martian Chronicles, Rebecca!


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