Exploration

  • Calibrating the Moon
    If amateur astronomers can just drag their telescopes to a dark, clear spot and set-up a night's observation, the calibration of the world's largest radio telescope is not quite so straightforward.
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  • Red Moon Rising
    Tonight's lunar eclipse presents a blood-red hue of scattered light from the Earth against the grey pallette of our Moon's reflective crust.
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  • Voyager: Beyond the Great Beyond
    Has humanity's furthest operating space probe, Voyager, reached the edge of our solar system? Three research teams are debating whether Earthlings have sent operating technology beyond the reach of our local solar neighborhood, or not.
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  • Location, Location, Puerto Rico is Listening
    Twice a year, every spring and autumn, a SETI team travels to the coast of Puerto Rico. Their journey is one hundred times faster than the one that Columbus first set out on--500 years ago.
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  • James Cameron II:  Extreme Life
    In the second installment of Astrobiology Magazine's interview with Academy Award winning film-maker, James Cameron, his life as an extreme explorer comes to the forefront.
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  • Compact Disc Puts Lab in a Spin
    Testing in the field for signs of life has not always been convenient, cheap or unambiguous. Combining many off-the-shelf biology tests, a compact disk under NASA evaluation for future missions may simplify the remote functions of a modern laboratory.
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  • Flying Humans: Interview with David Glover
    Prototype gliders for long-distance flying on Mars have reached their testing phase. A seasoned soaring guide and former President of the US Hang Gliding Association, David Glover, talks about the challenges of soaring on Earth and potentially elsewhere.
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  • Metal in the Meadow
    Dave DeBoer, Project Engineer for Allen Telescope Array, discusses what the unique telescope will offer. The Allen Telescope Array is marked by many innovations crafted with express purpose of building a world-class state-of-the-art astronomical facility at a price of existing radio telescopes.
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  • Ion Drive to the Moon
    A new mission to survey the moon, called SMART-1, will also demonstrate a number of technologies for efficient space travel, including solar and ion propulsion. The probe launched flawlessly on September 27, and is currently on course for its lunar rendezvous.
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  • Bridging the Gap: Part III
    Renowned physicist, Freeman Dyson, has proposed some of the most compelling concepts for space explorations. These range from a theory of life's origins--the "double-origin hypothesis"--which posits two separate creatures at the beginning, one replicating and the other metabolizing.
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  • Bridging the Gap: Part II
    Renowned physicist, Freeman Dyson, has proposed some of the most compelling concepts for space explorations. These range from a theory of life's origins--the "double-origin hypothesis", which posits two separate creatures at the beginning, one replicating and the other metabolizing--to the "Dyson Sphere".
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  • SMART-1: Chips Off the Terrestrial Block
    The first European lunar probe, called SMART-1, is scheduled to launch toward the moon in the next few weeks. Its primary goal will test theories of how the moon formed and evolved, along with any potential polar water-ice history.
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  • Infrared Eyes Set For the Sky
    A new Sun-circling telescope will reveal the universe with infrared eyes. Unlike what the Hubble Space Telescope shows in visible light, this Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) will look for heat. The longer, infrared wavelengths can penetrate dust and gas clouds that otherwise obscure.
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  • Dinner with da Vinci
    Leonardo da Vinci dreamed of manned flight. While his genius is secured by paintings and inventions, Leonardo's keen observations of nature led him into astronomy. As with most of his work, his insights were highly original and prescient.
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  • Bridging the Gap: Part I
    Renowned physicist, Freeman Dyson, has proposed some of the most compelling concepts for space explorations. These range from a theory of life's origins--called the "double-origin hypothesis"--which at the beginning, posits two separate creatures, one replicating and the other metabolizing.
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