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Deep Inside Europa

Posted by 5thstar on 2009/06/23 07:48 CDT

In 1995, 572 astronaut applicants were narrowed down to 125 based on their resumes and English scores, then down to 48 based on paper exams and brief medical checks. These 48 candidates went through a week of comprehensive medical checks and job interviews.

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Designing the Cassini Tour

Posted by John Smith on 2009/06/07 12:01 CDT

Each Titan flyby is not a fork in the road, but rather a Los Angeles style cloverleaf in terms of the dizzying number of possible destinations. So how did our current and future plans for the path of the Cassini spacecraft come to be? That's the question Dave Seal put to me since that's my job -- I am a tour designer.

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Canto IV: A Cog in the Wheel, a New Star in the Sky

Posted by David Seal on 2009/06/06 01:02 CDT

David Seal talks about his experience working with Kevin Beurle.

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Connections

Posted by David Seal on 2009/06/02 01:58 CDT

David Seal muses on his time as the mission planner for Cassini, and the history behind its name, and astronomy in Rome.

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The Martian Craters Asimov and Danielson

Posted by Ken Edgett on 2009/05/27 12:41 CDT | 2 comments

The Martian Craters Asimov and Danielson

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Fly me to the Moon...

Posted by Jim Bell on 2009/05/04 12:46 CDT

Jim Bell describes his proposal to join the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Cameras science team.

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Planetary Surface Processes Field Trip: Day 7
The Painted Desert and Petrified Forest

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2009/03/22 05:20 CDT

Friday was the last day of the field trip, and we spent it at the Petrified Forest National Park.

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Planetary Surface Processes Field Trip: Day 5
Meteor Crater, Walnut Canyon, and Red Mountain

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2009/03/19 05:45 CDT

Today was a long and awesome day. We started out at Meteor Crater, the youngest and best preserved impact crater on Earth!

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Planetary Surface Processes Field Trip: Day 4
The Grand Canyon

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2009/03/18 05:30 CDT

Today we visited the Grand Canyon. If you haven’t been there before, there is no way to convey what it is like.

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Planetary Surface Processes Field Trip: Day 3
SP Flow and Sunset Crater

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2009/03/16 05:10 CDT

Today was all about volcanoes.

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Planetary Surface Processes Field Trip: Day 2
Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2009/03/16 04:45 CDT

Today we made our way from Phoenix north to Flagstaff, and on the way stopped to check out some interesting geology in Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon.

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Planetary Surface Processes Field Trip: Day 1
Greetings from Phoenix!

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2009/03/14 04:30 CDT

After a hectic week of tying up loose ends and running around like a chicken with its head cut off, I now have my proster done for the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, and am in Phoenix for the Planetary Surface Processes field trip, led by my adviser Jim Bell.

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I am totally hooked on Scott Maxwell's new Mars Exploration Rover blog

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/06 11:57 CST

Scott Maxwell is one of those many guys (and gals) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory who rarely gets his name in the news but who is absolutely indispensable to the success of a space mission. I don't know what his official title is, but whatever it is, it's not as good as the colloquial name given to his position: Rover Driver.

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"Moon?"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/02/18 09:54 CST

It's a legal holiday here in the U.S. (President's day), and my daughter's babysitter is taking the day off, so I won't be getting much work done today. But I thought I'd check in to share the fact that, as we got out of the car last week, my daughter pointed up in the sky at the crescent moon and said "Dat!" so I gave her the word, "Moon."

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To the Moon with Kaguya

Posted by Cherilynn Morrow on 2007/09/14 11:27 CDT

Cherilynn Morrow shares her experiences at the launch of Kaguya.

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Europa on Earth: The Sulfur Springs of Borup Fiord Pass, Ellesmere Island

Posted by Stephen Grasby on 2006/07/19 04:00 CDT

From June 21 to July 6, 2006, a four-person team traveled to Borup Fiord Pass to perform geological field studies to compare with satellite images.

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After the launch

Posted by John Spencer on 2006/01/19 07:11 CST

We just got back from the real post-launch party, following two non-post-launch parties on the last two evenings. This was more like it.

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Philosophical after the first day's launch attempt

Posted by John Spencer on 2006/01/17 06:01 CST

Oh well, the Sun sets on an earthbound New Horizons at least one more time. The first day's launch attempt was a strange experience in retrospect.

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Less than 24 hours to New Horizons' Launch

Posted by John Spencer on 2006/01/16 04:17 CST

New Horizons just experienced what we hope will be its last ever sunset on Earth. There will be three more sunsets to come.

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Looking Forward to New Horizons' Launch

Posted by John Spencer on 2006/01/15 01:48 CST

Another quick post from the Cape. Yesterday was our final pre-launch meeting of the Science Team.

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