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Report from SETI workshop marking 50 years since Project Ozma

Posted by Jon Lomberg on 2010/09/12 02:26 CDT

Jon Lomberg repots from NRAO--the National Radio Astronomy Observatory-- in Greenbank, West Virginia on a SETI workshop marking the 50th anniversary of Project Ozma.

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Jaded by Mars Organics

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/09/11 04:35 CDT

So, you may have heard the news making the rounds last week that a new analysis of the Viking data suggests there may actually be organics and (dare I even say it?) life on Mars! Yawn. Consider me underwhelmed.

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Pretty picture: Crescent Dione

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/10 04:02 CDT

I was busy with other projects today, so today's post just asks you to look at this gorgeous three-image mosaic of a crescent Dione, taken during Cassini's most recent flyby a week ago.

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NASA: NOT Grounded

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/09 11:40 CDT

So I just received my "special anniversary issue" of Discover magazine, to which I've been a subscriber since, I think, 1986.

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China's Yinghuo-1 Mars Orbiter

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/09 05:12 CDT

A helpful reader has sent me copies of three recently published papers on China's first planetary probe, the Yinghuo-1 orbiter.

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Early warning for close approaches of two house-sized asteroids

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/08 01:31 CDT

Most of you have probably heard by now of two small asteroids, both in the neighborhood of 10 meters in diameter, recently discovered on trajectories that pass unusually close to Earth.

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Deep Impact snaps first image of flyby target comet Hartley 2

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/08 12:51 CDT

Deep Impact is rapidly approaching its next -- and final -- target, comet Hartley 2, which it will fly by on November 4.

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Two natural bridges on the Moon (now with 3D!)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/07 01:28 CDT

Imagine this landscape: you're walking across an unusually smooth lunar surface, an impact melt sheet on the floor of a relatively recently formed crater.

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Bill Nye Given the World(s)

Posted by Susan Lendroth on 2010/09/07 07:01 CDT

Lou Friedman handed off the keys to the Planetary Society -- and a few worlds as well -- to new Executive Director Bill Nye.

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Neptune from two slightly different perspectives

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/06 10:39 CDT

Coincidentally, two new images of Neptune were posted today, from two very different sources.

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Fly over Saturn's icy moons

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/02 11:09 CDT

A couple of weeks ago Paul Schenk posted a few really cool videos to his personal blog. Paul's subspecialty is the topography of icy moons, and he's been doing a lot of work on the moons of Saturn lately.

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Special report by Bill Nye from the VEXAG Meeting

Posted by Bill Nye on 2010/09/02 04:01 CDT

Is Venus the forgotten planet, or just one that's hard to figure out?

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Dawn Journal: Getting Warmer, Farther from the Sun?

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2010/09/02 02:34 CDT

Dawn is now so far from the sun that even with its tremendous solar arrays, it does not receive enough sunlight to generate sufficient electrical power to operate all systems and still achieve maximum thrust.

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Help explorers from Earth travel to new places in our Solar System

Posted by Bill Nye on 2010/09/01 09:41 CDT

Nobel Prize laureates and former NASA officials have come together to express concern over the House of Representatives Science Committee's proposed budget for NASA.

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Possibly the best view of the Great Red Spot ever

Posted by Björn Jónsson on 2010/09/01 06:40 CDT

This is a new, big mosaic of Voyager 1 images, this time showing the Great Red Spot at high resolution.

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Getting to the real science image data: It's not that hard!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/01 04:14 CDT

If I have to, I will drag reluctant people one at a time to plunge into NASA's Planetary Data System.

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