Retrospections

  • Astrobiology Top 10: COROT Sets its Sights on the Stars
    Astrobiology Magazine is looking back over 2007, highlighting the Top 10 astrobiology stories of the year. At number 3 is the COROT space telescope. Launched in late December of 2006, COROT opened its telescope eye in January and detected its first extrasolar planet in
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  • Astrobiology Top 10: Robot Dives Deep for Sinkhole Slime
    Astrobiology Magazine is looking back over 2007, highlighting the Top 10 astrobiology stories of the year. At number 4 is DEPTHX, an underwater robot capable of navigating without human control. Developing such autonomous vehicles can help us better explore remote places on Earth, and
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  • Astrobiology Top 10: What Lies Beneath
    Astrobiology Magazine is looking back over 2007, highlighting the Top 10 astrobiology stories of the year. At number 5 is an inventory of the frozen water in the south pole of Mars. Knowing how much water is on Mars can help scientists better understand
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  • Astrobiology Top 10: When Fungi Ruled the World
    Astrobiology Magazine is looking back over 2007, highlighting the Top 10 astrobiology stories of the year. At number 6 is the discovery that 420 million years ago, fungi stood as tall as trees, reaching up to 20 feet in height.
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  • Astrobiology Top 10: STONEs in Space
    Astrobiology Magazine is looking back over 2007, highlighting the Top 10 astrobiology stories of the year. At number 7 is scientific evidence against the Panspermia hypothesis, which says life could travel from planet to planet on meteorites. An experiment by European scientists shows that
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  • Astrobiology Top 10: Brought Back to Life
    Astrobiology Magazine is looking back over 2007, highlighting the Top 10 astrobiology stories of the year. At number 8 is the recovery of DNA from ancient microorganisms. The DNA showed an "exponential decline" after 1.1 million years, indicating how long DNA could be preserved
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  • Astrobiology Top 10: The Baptistina Breakup
    Astrobiology Magazine is looking back over 2007, highlighting the Top 10 astrobiology stories of the year. At number 9 is a story about a breakup event in the main asteroid belt. This event produced the impactor that hit Earth 65 million years ago, ending
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  • Astrobiology Top 10: Dawn Rising
    Astrobiology Magazine is looking back over 2007, highlighting the Top 10 astrobiology stories of the year. At number 10 is the launch of the Dawn mission. The spacecraft will visit Vesta and Ceres, two large asteroid belt objects that have been witness to much
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  • Star Talk
    This Sunday, Earthlings and any aliens who happen to be tuning in to radio signals from Earth can listen to "Star Talk," a new radio show about space and science.
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  • If We Had No Moon
    In this essay, Bernard Foing looks at the effect the Moon has had on the Earth, and explores how different our world would be if we had no planetary companion.
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