Solar System

  • Killer Lakes: Part III
    Defusing Africa's killer lakes in a remote region of Cameroon, an international team of scientists takes extraordinary steps to prevent the recurrence of a deadly natural disaster. This three part excerpt gives a first-hand account of global climate change by award-winning science journalist, Kevin Krajick.
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  • Killer Lakes: Part I
    Defusing Africa's killer lakes in a remote region of Cameroon, an international team of scientists takes extraordinary steps to prevent the recurrence of a deadly natural disaster. This three part excerpt gives a first-hand account of global climate change by award-winning science journalist, Kevin Krajick.
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  • A Day in the Life of Spirit
    Imagine spending a quarter of a cross-country trip devoted to backtracking. Imagine obstacles thrown randomly in your path--some soft trenches, others boulders the size of your wheel axle clearance. Imagine finally seeing the landscape crawl by at only inches per second.
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  • Interview with Beagle 2 Scientist
    Beagle 2 Chief Scientist, Colin Pillinger, talks with Astrobiology Magazine about mission planning for the surface lander and how one might try to detect life using a robotic explorer.
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  • Endurance, Over the Precipice
    Opportunity scientists got their first look over the rim of Endurance crater, a remnant from an earlier time in martian history and about seven times larger than where the rover landed in Eagle crater.
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  • Endurance Crater
    The Opportunity rover has sent back to Earth a new view only a stone's throw from the science target called Endurance Crater. Already scientists are intrigued by darker layers seen at the opposite rim and the now familiar bedrock that appears around Meridiani Planum.
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  • Eyeful of Saturn
    The Cassini spaceprobe now approaching Saturn got its last glimpse of the ringed planet in a composition that fills its camera lens. As the mission enters its system of moons, the views will get increasingly detailed in preparation for a December landing attempt on the
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  • Martian Homework
    After driving nearly a mile on another planet and logging tens of thousand of images, the twin Mars rovers continue to hunt rock exposures and salty bedrock on their way towards horizon. At Gusev crater, the hills await Spirit's arrival, Endurance crater will take a
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  • Plausibility of Martian Microbes
    The National Academy of Sciences took up the question of whether dormant microbes might be found today or in the distant past on Mars. Their plausibility criteria include climate and water as key factors, but also address whether life originated on Earth or Mars first
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  • Teeing Off on Mars
    The Columbia Hills approach on horizon of Gusev Crater as Spirit continues its long trek. On the other side of planet, Opportunity took a rest stop to survey another outcrop and found more examples of fancifully called 'blueberries' to compare with what covered the crater
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  • Nearby Planet Nursery
    In an exclusive interview with Berkeley astronomer, Paul Kalas, he describes how their planet-finding team uncovered a nearby nursery that may include the closest star with an embryonic solar system in the making.
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  • Martian Moon Rock a Meteor?
    A meteor that fell in 1980 in Yemen has at least one Russian scientist believing that it's most likely origination point was the Martian moon, Phobos.
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  • Shepherd’s Moon on Saturn
    The latest images from Saturn show the mysterious outer (F) ring, which is part of a moon system that sweeps away orbiting dust and also forms resonant bands.
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  • Martian Game of Twister
    Chasing late afternoon dust storms on Mars is not only about finding what is familiar to those in the American Southwest: the dust devil. It is also about avoiding getting shocked when electrical interference reaches a peak and discharges into the dry, thin Martian air.
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  • Mariners to the Red Planet
    When Mariner IV took the first close views of Mars, the person charged with camera-tracking the planet was JPL's William Momsen. As the first step towards the outer reaches of our solar system, the Mariner series proved that interplanetary missions were possible.
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