Essays

  • Earth’s Childhood Attic
    The moon is sometimes referred to as Earth's childhood attic, a rich repository of what the early terrestrial geology might have promised prior to the advent of life. Europe's Chief Scientist, Bernard Foing, looks at what the moon can tell us about our past.
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  • Earth's Childhood Attic
    The moon is sometimes referred to as Earth's childhood attic, a rich repository of what the early terrestrial geology might have promised prior to the advent of life. Europe's Chief Scientist, Bernard Foing, looks at what the moon can tell us about our past.
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  • The Smart One
    Bernard Foing, Chief Scientist for the European Space Agency, kicks off a regular essay series exclusive to Astrobiology Magazine. In this part, he takes a tour of the novel ion propulsion employed by the current lunar orbiter, SMART-1.
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  • Tides of Tectonic Forces
    Science-fiction author, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, provides perspective on the tsunami disaster from his home in Sri Lanka. As one of the first to call for global satellite networks in 1945, his half-century legacy has played a key role in mitigating tragedies that offered few
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  • Neo-Tugboats
    In an open letter, Apollo 9 astronaut Russell Schweickart questions whether a non-nuclear option for asteroid deflection isn't the more prudent path.
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  • Spooky Spaceflight
    Once derided by Einstein as "spooky action at a distance", quantum entanglement could hold out the promise of a novel means of space propulsion, perhaps even making interstellar travel feasible.
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  • Dirty Dozen Wheels Down
    Steve Squyres summarizes his first half-year on Mars, as the mission progressed from first images to twelve wheels roaming the red planet.
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  • Moon to Mars: What's Beyond?
    A blue-ribbon Presidential Commission has released its research findings on how best to get exploration initiatives aligned to a future moon or Mars agenda. Their results highlight the educational potential and the significance of living off the land as humans go where robots have pioneered.
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  • Moon to Mars: What’s Beyond?
    A blue-ribbon Presidential Commission has released its research findings on how best to get exploration initiatives aligned to a future moon or Mars agenda. Their results highlight the educational potential and the significance of living off the land as humans go where robots have pioneered.
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  • Hayabusa Rounds Earth
    The Japanese mission to return asteroid samples to Earth performed a successful flyby of our home planet and moon, while this first-of-a-kind probe picked up speed towards its ultimate destination beyond Mars.
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