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    About Adi

    Aditya Chopra is a PhD student at the Planetary Science Institute at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. His research areas include astrobiology and planetary science with the focus of his PhD research being the examination of elemental abundances in different life forms and their environments to gain insight into the origin and evolution of life. He says astrobiology provides great satisfaction to his confused soul - he could be a chemist one minute and then be culturing microbes the next and if the stars are out, he enjoys zooming into the heavens above!

  • Come fly with me

    Ladies and gentlemen, NASA has turned on the Fasten Seat Belt sign as we approach Gale Crater on Mars. Weather conditions remain within seasonal norms with the skies being dominated by diffuse water ice clouds.

    If you haven’t already done so, please cancel all your engagements in the evening of 5th August. Please take your computer and browse to http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/. Make sure your chair and table are in a comfortable position and hold-on tight!

    If you are in a city with a space centre or university with a planetary science department, please read carefully the special instructions located

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  • CURIOSITY

    cu·ri·os·i·ty [kyoor-ee-os-i-tee]

    Definition:

    1.[noun] a state in which you want to learn more about something  Synonyms: wonder

    2.[noun] something unusual  Synonyms: curio, oddity, oddment, peculiarity, rarity

    Curiosity — Robot Geologist and Chemist in One!

    Well, there couldn’t be a better word to describe the Mars Science Laboratory, which is on the final stages of its flight to Mars.

    Brush up on all your Curiosity trivia at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/mission/

    What I learned: Curiosity weighs 900 kilograms, or about 2,000 pounds and has less than 800,000 miles to the finish line – a heavyweight champion on

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  • MSL goes for GOLD

    Every 4 years, the Olympics bring us together to witness the best in human endurance, athleticism and sportsmanship. This week as medals are won and each country’s tally grows, there is one team that has its sights on a prize outside this world.

    They have trained for years, learnt from past exploration missions, used the latest  and some of the most remarkable innovative technologies and perfected instruments to excellence. Now they wait for their dream machine to perform what it was built for – land on the Red planet and

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  • 7 minutes sure to keep us on the edge

    In less than a month, we will be treated to one of the most exhilarating rides in the solar system. Curiosity (The Mars Science Laboratory) may have had a pretty long journey since its launch last year but perhaps the hardest, most dangerous part is yet come…

    This video makes it clear why James Cameron used to be on a NASA Advisory Council. The drama built into the mission has the making of a Hollywood blockbuster (it even has a laser that it shoots to boil off rocks!) but for planetary scientists the scientific

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  • A cool new way to checkout where “God” was found.

    The Large Hadron Collider is the Apollo program of the 21st Century. The project involves thousands of scientists and engineers from 111 nations and it is perhaps the most complex scientific project undertaken. The world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator operated by CERN had a simple task – to find God. Well, the God Particle anyway (a.k.a The Higgs Boson).

    And now the particle which might explain how things get mass has been cornered and caught in action at the LHC. In this post, I don’t want to talk about what is the Higgs Boson, show you a cartoon,

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  • Could Higgs help us find life elsewhere?

    4th of July 2012, a date which will live in infamy, at least for the physicists amongst us. It was the day when the ‘God particle’ gained its independence from the realm of the unknown and could no longer be called the god-damn particle! I have been wondering if the discovery of the Higgs Boson could help astrobiologists find life elsewhere…

    Chances are that you’ve already heard about the announcement of the observation of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider. In fact, you might

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