Exploration

  • 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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  • Hubbub on Hubble
    The Hubble Space Telescope mission is currently planned to continue to year 2010. Final checkout will occur in fourth servicing mission, which is expected to be launched on May 5, 2005. Given this launch baseline, the formal probability of continuous science operations through 2010 is
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  • Follow the Sun
    This is the second in a series of articles on a research project, Life in the Atacama, that recently began in Chile's Atacama desert. This article will focus on the innovative Hyperion rover that is being used in the project, a rover designed to travel
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  • Earth Without Life?
    The Mars Express spacecraft snapped a new panorama of the Earth and Moon in silhouette against a dark sky. The views back at our own planet reveal a blue dot, rich with oceans and clouds, but how does our planet's chemistry hold up for comparison
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  • The Cogs of Precognition
    A recent European Space Agency report details the most promising investments for future technology, based on a studied wish-list borrowed from diverse arts. Their unique methodology prepared more than two hundred technical dossiers about what might be 'the next big thing' along with hints on
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  • Homes Away From Home: Map III
    NASA's Solar Exploration roadmap details both what is known about our neighborhood, and what new discoveries are hoped for in future missions. This three-part series examines the storyline behind how life came to Earth, and how we might seek to find it elsewhere.
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  • Homes Away From Home: Map II
    NASA's Solar Exploration roadmap details both what is known about our neighborhood, and what new discoveries are hoped for in future missions. This three-part series examines the storyline behind how life came to Earth, and how we might seek to find it elsewhere.
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  • Homes Away From Home: Map I
    NASA's Solar Exploration roadmap details both what is known about our neighborhood, and what new discoveries are hoped for in future missions. This three-part series examines the storyline behind how life came to Earth, and how we might seek to find it elsewhere.
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  • Matrix
    Estimating the frequency for communicating with an extrasolar civilization is a multi-dimensional challenge. The answer, according to two scientists at the Hungarian Astronomical Association, is less like an equation, and more like a matrix.
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  • Long, Strange Trips
    A quarter century of planetary exploration has pushed the limits of what could even be imagined: comets colliding with planets, rovers driving across martian soil, and footpads resting on venusian crust so hot it could melt lead. Astrobiology Magazine relives the year-by-year timeline, and anticipates
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  • Movers and Shakers
    With the recently announced collaboration of many universities and NASA centers focusing on astrobiology's key questions, the span of inquiry ranges from the deep subsurface to the stars.
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  • Featherless Bipeds
    In the featured "Dinner with..." series, Astrobiology Magazine looks at the possibilities for computers to emulate complex human patterns. The father of artificial intelligence and Nobel Laureate, Herbert Simon, gives a short course in life.
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  • A Perfect World VII: Encore
    "Name two things you hope will be true about the world in fifty years. Tell me about an environment in which you personally thrive. Now paint a picture of your ideal world."
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  • A Perfect World VI: Fuller
    "Name two things you hope will be true about the world in fifty years. Tell me about an environment in which you personally thrive. Now paint a picture of your ideal world."
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  • A Perfect World V: Hendricks
    "Name two things you hope will be true about the world in fifty years. Tell me about an environment in which you personally thrive. Now paint a picture of your ideal world."
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