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Summer Astrobiology Roundup #1: How Mars Lost Its Swagger

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                Summer on our northern hemisphere, and human life slows a little, for some. Science carries on though, and there have been a number of fascinating discoveries and studies hitting the wires in recent weeks. #1 How Mars lost its swagger…and atmosphere. Sometimes it’s good to reconfirm a [...]

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Live Chat at Noon Today on Dreams of Other Worlds and NASA’s Next Mars Mission

Robotic exploration of space is fascinating, complex and quite important to our understanding of the universe. To learn more about how scientists and engineers overcome challenges of robotic space exploration for successful data collection, join us for a live chat today (Tuesday, October 29) at noon EDT with Chris Impey, astronomer and author of Dreams of [...]

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MAVEN Maneuvers into Orbit Tonight

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Last summer, I attended a new media professionals workshop at the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) in Colorado to learn more about the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission which launched last November. This orbiter is specially equipped to discover “What happened to the atmosphere of Mars?” The answers can begin to [...]

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A Great Year for SciAm Google Hangouts!

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As the year winds down, I’m pleased to share the google hangouts on air I’ve done with SciAm, some in collaboration with my venture with co-host, Jeff Shaumeyer, Read Science! This summer, Scientific American polled its readers about their favorite summer science reads. By your choice, the winners were: Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined–The Truth about Talent, [...]

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NASA’s MAVEN Mission, as told by LeVar Burton

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I am having quite the space-filled weekend! Today, we just had a hangout with astronaut Chris Hadfield and now I’m packing up to head to Cape Canaveral to watch an ATLAS V rocket send the next Mars Orbiter, MAVEN, to space! The launch is slated to happen Monday, November 18 at 1:28 pm EST. While [...]

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MAVEN Orbiter Preparation at NASA Considered “Emergency Exception”–Work Continues Despite Government Shutdown

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With only 3% of NASA employees currently at work during the government shutdown, the status of continuing work for the upcoming MAVEN orbiter launching to Mars to analyze the Martian atmosphere mid-November has been uncertain. Luckily it seems they’ve been quite industrious this past month in preparation: The MAVEN spacecraft is shown in this time-lapse [...]

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Curiosity Catches Sight of Mars’ Moon Passing the Other

This video depicts NASA’s Curiosity rover observing Mars’ two moons, then shows one moon passing in front of the other. Phobos and Deimos, the moons of Mars, are thought to be asteroids captured in Mars’ gravitational field. Some facts to help us interpret what we are seeing here: Phobos’ diameter is 22.2 km and Deimos’ [...]

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Twelve Months of Curiosity on Mars in Two Minutes

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Mars Curiosity Rover has captured our attention from the time it launched in November 2011 to the time it landed on August 5, 2012 in a very dramatic landing to now. It has been on the red planet for almost 12 months. What has it done so far? Take a look: Even with Curiosity there, [...]

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