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Planetary Society's Optical SETI Telescope Offers Online View of Night sky

Bruce Betts • October 30, 2007

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.

MSL: Landing site downselections

Emily Lakdawalla • October 29, 2007

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.

Dawn Journal: Testing, Testing, Testing

Marc Rayman • October 26, 2007

Dawn's checkout phase continues to go very well. The spacecraft is healthy as it and Earth travel their separate ways, separating at almost 1 light second per day.

MSL landing site selection meeting: Day 2 site-by-site presentations

Emily Lakdawalla • October 25, 2007

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.

MSL sites, comet outbursts, and other stuff

Emily Lakdawalla • October 25, 2007

The latest on MSL landing sites, a look at comet outbursts, and links to other stuff.

Flash back to DPS: Extrasolar planets, NEOs, asteroids, Titan, Pluto, and KBOs

Emily Lakdawalla • October 24, 2007

Flash back to DPS: Extrasolar planets, NEOs, asteroids, Titan, Pluto, and KBOs

CRISM maps of possible Mars landing sites

Emily Lakdawalla • October 24, 2007

CRISM maps of possible Mars landing sites

Successful launch for Chang'e 1!

Emily Lakdawalla • October 24, 2007

Successful launch for Chang'e 1!

Update on Chang'e 1 launch

Emily Lakdawalla • October 23, 2007

Update on Chang'e 1 launch

Reporting from the second Mars Science Laboratory landing site selection meeting

Emily Lakdawalla • October 23, 2007

Reporting from the second Mars Science Laboratory landing site selection meeting

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