Exploration

  • Starfield of Dreams
    Should we terraform Mars? What is the future of life on Earth? Will we ever find alien life? These are just a few of the questions addressed at the 2004 Astrobiology Science Conference.
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  • Expert Opinions
    The third Astrobiology Conference assembles the leading luminaries in the search for life in the universe this week in San Francisco. The guide to presentations ranges from SETI to missions, microbes to black holes.
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  • Monday Sky Best To 2036
    March 22nd offers a rare glimpse of the five prominent astronomical neighbors--Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, and the Moon--in close proximity to the familiar Orion constellation. The tight view of our own solar system's inner bodies is not likely to appear in this configuration again until
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  • Red Planet in Sensaround
    An experience that few can imagine sampling is in some ways the simplest: to breathe deeply on another planet or moon. So what does Mars offer today to the sensory connoisseur?
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  • Design Space, Nothing But Net
    Astrobiology Magazine had the chance to talk with Dr. Vint Cerf, founding father of the internet, about his project to wire the solar system. Called the Interplanetary Internet, the study is to design a deep space communications network protocol.
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  • Roam in a Day
    Four prominent scientists are represented on the new Presidential commission chartered to study how best to plan a moon to Mars initiative. The commissioners repeated a need for crafting sustained efforts, while also considering an off-charter topic of how to sustain interest in space astronomy.
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  • State of the Union
    If science communications in astrobiology is about researchers sharing their results, the audience for new findings may well turn out to be a surprising finding in itself. Dr. John Horack, one of the principal internet architects for how a Webby-award winning NASA site found its
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  • Best Laid Plans, Men and Machines
    John Logsdon recently served on the Columbia Accident Investigation Board for NASA, and continues to shape views of both space history and tomorrow's policy. Astrobiology Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Logsdon about exploration initiatives.
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  • George W. Bush: Triad of Exploration Goals
    The Presidential NASA address outlined broad plans for three exploration goals: finish the space station, a new shuttle by 2014, and a return to the moon.
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  • Solar System Exploration Survey
    Solar system exploration remains a compelling activity because it may provide answers to basic questions of profound interest: Are we alone? Where did we come from? What is our destiny? The National Research Council has surveyed expert opinion on how to go about asking these
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  • Year In Review
    Planetary scientists may remember the years 2003-2004 as a remarkably productive span for discoveries, whether hunting for new planets or landing on the ones that in our solar system seem to be most compatible with early Earth-like histories.
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  • Dinner with Captain Kirk
    Director, writer, and one of the most memorable fictional explorers of space--William Shatner's Captain Kirk--explains how to go where few have gone before: how extreme explorers might confront the limits of life both terrestrial or beyond.
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  • Interplanetary Internet
    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
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  • Hooked by Flying: The Wrights
    On the much celebrated centennial of powered flight, consider the contributions of those two brothers who went rapidly from bicyclists to flyers.
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  • Winter Boon From Deep Space
    When a picture of another planet or close-up view of a comet gets broadcast to the internet, most likely it first journeyed from a spacecraft camera to one of three large dishes that make up what is called the Deep Space Network.
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