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The Astrobiology Universe
Topic: Missions
04/28/08
The Astrobiology Science Conference, recently held in Santa Clara, California, was a complex universe teeming with topics and ideas. Although there were far too many interesting presentations to cover in full, this overview provides a few highlights.

Radiation Belt Storm
Topic: Missions
04/22/08
NASA will launch two probes into the radiation belts in order to study how violent space weather can affect astronauts and space equipment. The knowledge gained will be essential in designing safe future space missions.

Searching for Earth
Topic: Missions
03/24/08
More than 250 planets have been found orbiting distant stars. Most of them are "hot Jupiters," giant planets orbiting close to their stars, unlikely places for life to take hold. NASA´s Kepler mission hopes to find habitable planets like Earth. Or, perhaps, to discover that there aren´t many of them around to find.

ENDURANCE – Self Control
Topic: Missions
02/18/08
Researchers gathered last week in wintery Wisconsin to test a robotic probe under ice. Astrobiology Magazine´s Henry Bortman submits his final report on the probe´s progress in the field.

ENDURANCE Night Dive
Topic: Missions
02/15/08
Researchers have gathered this week in wintery Wisconsin to test a robotic probe under ice. Astrobiology Magazine´s Henry Bortman submits his second report on the probe´s progress in the field.

ENDURANCE Cold Water Test
Topic: Missions
02/14/08
Researchers have gathered this week in wintery Wisconsin to test a robotic probe under ice. Astrobiology Magazine´s Henry Bortman reports on the probe´s progress in the field.

Astrobiology Top 10: Robot Dives Deep for Sinkhole Slime
Topic: Missions
12/30/07
Astrobiology Magazine is looking back over 2007, highlighting the Top 10 astrobiology stories of the year. At number 4 is DEPTHX, an underwater robot capable of navigating without human control. Developing such autonomous vehicles can help us better explore remote places on Earth, and will be necessary if we want to ever search for life in the distant ocean on Europa. (This story was originally published on June 25, 2007.)

Twists, Turns and Orbital Tricks
Topic: Missions
12/06/07
New software for complex space missions will help mission planners find the most efficient path for spacecraft traveling to distant locations. To develop the software, researchers studied NASA's Cassini mission, one of the most complicated missions to date and also one of the most important for astrobiologists.

Star Talk
Topic: Missions
12/01/07
This Sunday, Earthlings and any aliens who happen to be tuning in to radio signals from Earth can listen to "Star Talk," a new radio show about space and science.

Crossing the Termination Shock
Topic: Missions
12/01/07
Using a computer model simulation, scientists have predicted that NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft will cross the 'termination shock' at the edge of our solar system in late 2007-early 2008. The Voyager spacecrafts are well on their way to becoming the first man-made objects to leave the solar system.

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