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29 April 2011

Gale Crater Videos

Yesterday I participated in a telecon about Gale Crater, one of the potential landing sites for MSL. It’s a fascinating place to talk about and would make for a spectacular mission. Ok, this is true for all four finalist landing sites, but the scenery at Gale, with its 5km tall mountain of layered rocks would be particularly great. One of the presenters at yesterday’s telecon, Dawn Sumner, posted two very nice videos on YouTube covering much of what she talked about. The videos also serve to show off a very-cool new open-source 3D visualization and GIS tool called Crusta being developed by a student at UC Davis.

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5 February 2011

Five Awesome Things about the James Webb Space Telescope

Today I received an email from my adviser containing this – dare I say – awesome video about the James Webb Space Telescope. It also has a surprisingly well-put answer to the age-old question of “Why spend money on NASA when we have so many problems here on earth?” The answer: To make the world a better place you not only have to decrease the suck, you also have to increase the awesome.

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17 January 2011

NASA TV Spot

I’ve voiced my frustration with NASA TV and the fact that NASA isn’t allowed to make self-promotional TV ads before. Luckily, there are a lot of people out there who are passionate about space, and some of them have video editing skills and access to the internet. So, even though we might never see an ad like this on TV, it at least can go viral online!

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25 December 2010

Merry Christmas!

A friend of mine shared this Christmas song a few weeks ago and I really enjoyed it, so I thought I’d pass it on. Merry Christmas everyone!

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8 December 2010

Math doodles: Snakes on a Plane

Well, I was going to take lots of notes next week at AGU and blog about them, but now I might just end up drawing these awesome math doodles all week:

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30 November 2010

Thanksgiving with the Kranzes

Well, I was going to post this on Thanksgiving, but thanks to my own ineptitude, I wasn’t able to get it to embed until today.  In any case, better late than never. Without futher ado, here is an awesome Thanksgiving-themed spoof of Apollo 13 for your viewing pleasure:

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29 July 2010

We Didn't Fake the Moon Landings

But I want to get one of those dramatic glowing tables!

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7 July 2010

The size of planets and stars

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25 June 2010

What is the Best Dinosaur?

This is the funniest, most well-informed rant about dinosaurs I have ever witnessed (warning, NSFW language). I was a dinosaur freak as a kid, and I still remember a ridiculous amount about them. Can I just say how much I loved watching him shoot down people who thought plesiosaurs and pterodactlys were dinosaurs? Everything he says is correct except for one thing: Brontosaurus was (I believe) either a diplodocus head …

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3 June 2010

The Case for Mars: Autotuned

For me, none of the newer symphony of science videos can match the sheer catchy-ness of the original, but this one is about exploring Mars, so I can’t complain too much. Check the Symphony of Science page for other autotuned science-themed music videos.

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