Monthly Archives: September 2011

  • Big News Coming Thursday…

    Check it out. (And just in time for the release of the Star Wars Blu-ray set.) The Kepler team will have a briefing Thursday morning at 11 AM EDT. Given the recent announcement by the Harps team of a potentially habitable world, the past announcement of another potentially habitable planet GJ581g (the “Cheshire planet”, or
  • Get the Soot Out

    Last week, there was a very encouraging presentation made at the 242nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Dr. Mark Z. Jacobson presented an abstract showing how soot affects climate. Soot is what you get when you burn organic carbon as a fuel, but don’t burn it completely. Think the ash
  • Apollo landing site

    Tack on another few megabytes of data in favor of reality. On Tuesday, NASA released the best images yet of an Apollo landing site. They show an unprecedented view of the Apollo 12, 14, and 17 landing sites, as taken from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Of course,
  • “This is a brand new mission…”

    So said Prof. Steven Squyres last week about Opportunity, the rover that keeps on ticking. Now 7 years and 20 miles outside of warranty, Opportunity has reached what is almost sure to be its final destination: Endeavor Crater. Already, the plucky
  • They R Us?

    It sounds crazy, but it is looking more and more likely that astroid strikes can splash ejecta - and perhaps microbial hitchhikers - from planet to planet within our Solar System, and possibly beyond. We’ve know for years that ejecta from Mars can reach