Monthly Archives: May 2012

  • The rumors of NASA’s death were greatly exaggerated

    For the last two years, one of the most common questions I've gotten from people that know I worked at NASA as a postdoc has been something along these lines:
    How does it feel to work at NASA when it's being killed?
    I would calmly explain to them that NASA wasn't dying, and that the only thing
  • Someone from our community needs to win this.

    Let's be honest. A lot of us do what we do (astrobiology/planetary sciences) because we're nerds. We grew up tinkering with chemistry kits, poking things in the mud, hacking our video game consoles, and generally consuming anything having to do with aliens. And today, we still do the same thing... except now we get paid
  • From the ocean depths an ancient being rose…

    No, not "Nessie." But in my mind, something more exiting. Sometimes, the very first sentence of an the abstract hooks you... or at least hooks me. Check it out (emphasis mine):
    Microbial communities can subsist at depth in marine sediments without fresh supply of organic matter for millions of years. At threshold sedimentation rates of 1 millimeter per
  • The Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon

    For those that don't remember this ~monthly feature, I get an email in the inbox once every four weeks from Gordon Johnston. For those that don't know Gordon, is the Program Executive (think NASA HQ's head engineer) for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and for OSIRIS-REx. He also happens to be a pleasant office-neighbor (he "lives" on the other
  • End to a hiatus…

    Hey everyone! AbSciCon 2012 took a lot out of the staff at PaleBlue.blog. Rest assured we're back in the saddle and will start posting again soon.... perhaps with some new faces around. Sorry for the break in posting. But we're back!