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Interplanetary Internet
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Dr. Vinton Cerf was one of the early researchers who worked on the embryonic web when it was called ARPANET; he is often referred to as one of the 'fathers of the internet'. He also has outlined the requirements for a future interplanetary internet.

Calibrating the Moon
Topic: Missions
If amateur astronomers can just drag their telescopes to a dark, clear spot and set-up a night's observation, the calibration of the world's largest radio telescope is not quite so straightforward.

Location, Location, Puerto Rico is Listening
Topic: Missions
Twice a year, every spring and autumn, a SETI team travels to the coast of Puerto Rico. Their journey is one hundred times faster than the one that Columbus first set out on--500 years ago.

Metal in the Meadow
Topic: Missions
Dave DeBoer, Project Engineer for Allen Telescope Array, discusses what the unique telescope will offer. The Allen Telescope Array is marked by many innovations crafted with express purpose of building a world-class state-of-the-art astronomical facility at a price of existing radio telescopes.

Infrared Eyes Set For the Sky
Topic: Missions
A new Sun-circling telescope will reveal the universe with infrared eyes. Unlike what the Hubble Space Telescope shows in visible light, this Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) will look for heat. The longer, infrared wavelengths can penetrate dust and gas clouds that otherwise obscure.

Messages in a Bottle
Topic: Missions
Selected from tens of thousands of questions posed to Astrobiology Magazine, the best ones are culled in a reader dialog that helps guide new areas to explore. Key questions continue to center on some of the most extreme conditions on earth, and the chances for liquid water elsewhere.

Space Shuttle Columbia Loses Contact
Topic: Missions
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA declared an emergency and feared the worst after losing communication with space shuttle Columbia as the ship and its seven astronauts soared over Texas several minutes before its expected landing Saturday.

Scouting for Martian Molecules
Topic: Missions
Mars Scout finalists are this week's selections for the Extreme Explorers' Hall of Fame.

The Envelope of Life? Please
Topic: Missions
What we think and what we don't know, strongly affect our method of studying life in the universe. Perhaps more than what we know.

Warm-nosed Robot Breaks the Ice
Topic: Missions
An adventurous science team recently returned from deep Norwegian glacial fields, having tested an instrument which may be used to explore areas beneath frozen surfaces of other worlds.
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