Posted by Bruce Betts on 2007/10/30 12:00 CDT
The Planetary Society's Optical SETI Telescope was built solely to search for possible light signals from alien civilizations. Located at Oak Ridge Observatory in Harvard, Massachusetts, it is the first dedicated Optical SETI telescope in the world. Its 72-inch primary mirror also makes it larger than any optical telescope in the U.S. east of the Mississippi river.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/10/29 02:19 CDT
After three days of presentations, voting, and extended discussions, the "Mars community," as represented by something over 100 scientists who decided to attend the second Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) landing site selection meeting in a process that was open to all, have narrowed down to six the number of potential MSL landing sites.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/10/25 04:28 CDT
Unlike the Mars Exploration Rover mission, which featured two golf-cart-sized landers, this time we have only one giant, Volkswagen beetle-size. So at the end of this process we have to pick our favorite place on Mars, not our favorite two places.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/10/24 04:23 CDT
Flash back to DPS: Extrasolar planets, NEOs, asteroids, Titan, Pluto, and KBOs
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/10/23 12:12 CDT
Reporting from the second Mars Science Laboratory landing site selection meeting
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/10/18 04:22 CDT
MESSENGER is on target for its January Mercury flyby
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/10/18 04:07 CDT
The Mars Exploration Rovers have left wheel tracks all over their landing sites, but for some reason this pair of wheel tracks, left in the sand ripple on the rim of Victoria crater and now viewed from below, tickled my fancy. Thanks to James Canvin for the lovely panorama.