Exploration

  • Scouting for Martian Molecules
    Mars Scout finalists are this week's selections for the Extreme Explorers' Hall of Fame.
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  • End of an Era, Dawn of Another?
    Thirty years ago today, the astronauts of Apollo 17 began the final human visit to the Moon. Relive the drama and majesty of the voyage by viewing the Apollo 17 Anniversary Commemorative Visualization. And learn how scientists and space agencies around the world are gearing
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  • The Envelope of Life? Please
    What we think and what we don't know, strongly affect our method of studying life in the universe. Perhaps more than what we know.
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  • Martian Rocks, Robot Retrieves
    Remarkably, on average, one Martian meteorite lands on Earth each month. But finding these scientific treasures is not a job for a human, at least according to the Nomad robot - this week's entry in the Extreme Explorers Hall of Fame.
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  • Charting Course: Life in the Universe
    The National Academy of Sciences report entitled "Life in the Universe" highlights a top ten list of what has been found out so far about answering the big questions.
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  • Alien Landers: Extreme Explorers Hall of Fame
    This week's selection for the Extreme Explorers Hall of Fame is a trio of European probes slated to land on a comet (Rosetta), a Saturnian moon (Huygens) and the red planet (Mars Express).
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  • Scorpion Project: Extreme Explorers Hall of Fame
    The eight-legged robot from a German and American research team has to venture 25 miles autonomously into the Mojave Desert and return safely.
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  • Sputnik 45th Anniversary: Extreme Explorer Hall of Fame
    This week's Extreme Explorer Hall of Fame celebrates the 45th anniversary-- from October 4, 1957 to today--of Sputnik.
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  • The ERA Rover Class: Extreme Explorers’ Hall of Fame
    This weeks Extreme Explorer Hall of Fame selection: the ERA Rover-class. The Extra Vehicular Activity Robotic Assistant (ERA) rover is like a work crew without a foreman.
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  • Entomopter: Extreme Explorer’s Hall of Fame
    Fixed wing flyers are difficult to build as Martian roving vehicles. But this week's Extreme Explorer tries to learn from the terrestrial insect world.
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  • Remembrance: 9/11
    "It is up to us. It's been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than the distant [Voyager] image of our tiny
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  • NASA Institute Welcomes New Director
    Dr. Bruce Runnegar of the University of California, Los Angeles, was announced as the next director of NASA's Astrobiology Institute (NAI). He succeeds Nobel Laureate Dr. Baruch S. Blumberg. Runnegar currently is a professor in UCLA's Department of Earth and Space Sciences and the Institute
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  • Extreme Explorers’ Hall of Fame: FIDO
    Extreme Explorers' Hall of Fame will show you the best explorers of extreme environments; these machines, rovers, submersibles and crawlers all aim to traverse the toughest terrain.
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  • Swords to Plowshares
    Using a converted Russian ICBM missile for a solar sail launch vehicle, Cosmos Studios is embarking on a bold experiment. Read more, from a remarkable interview with Ann Druyan, the widow of renowned scientist Carl Sagan, and astrophysicist Steven Soter to create the famed television
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  • Ice Cube of Exotic Microbes
    A permafrost subglacial lake discovered beneath Antarctica offers scientists a chance to test sterile drilling techniques before exploring elsewhere in search of exotic microbes. Techniques that avoid contaminating a drill site with microbes prove useful for future drilling into Mars' polar caps in search of
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