Exploration

  • What’s Next?
    In this multipart lecture series, noted author Dr. Andrew Chaikin takes his unique historical perspective on the question of 'Can Humans Get to Mars?' In this final encore installment, what we have learned about the moon from robotic and remote sensing is laid out
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  • Mars: Man or Machine?
    In this multipart lecture series, noted author Dr. Andrew Chaikin takes his unique historical perspective on the question of 'Can Humans Get to Mars?' This third installment considers what kinds of landscape the first human on Mars might encounter.
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  • Going Mobile
    In this multipart lecture series, noted author Dr. Andrew Chaikin takes his unique historical perspective on the question of 'Can Humans Get to Mars?' This second installment addresses how one might want to remain mobile on another planet.
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  • Hemorrhaging from the Fingertips
    In this multipart lecture series, noted author Dr. Andrew Chaikin takes his unique historical perspective on the question of 'Can Humans Get to Mars?' This first installment introduces the twin problems of heavy-lift and human survival.
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  • Moon Meteor Truly Extraterrestrial
    When the Apollo moon rocks were analyzed back on Earth, there was a difference in their composition compared to what was predicted by remote sensing. A theory about space weathering was proposed thirty years ago to account for the observed differences.
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  • Interview with Ben Bova
    Ben Bova, the prolific author of science fiction novels such as "Mars" and "Jupiter," studies science and politics of astrobiology in his newest book, "Faint Echoes, Distant Stars." In this interview with Astrobiology Magazine, Bova shares his thoughts about astrobiology, space travel, and the discoveries
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  • 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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