Posts made in March, 2008


We hit the last day of the meeting and I have something like 20 pages of notes to turn into blog posts. Unlike at astronomy meetings, I can’t write the blog post while listening to a lot of the talks. I’m taking notes, poring through imagery, and then googling the occasional geophysical term that I just don’t quite understand the importance of (for instance, Olivene. It’s a type of rock. I knew that much. But...

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One of the themes that constantly crops up in papers on Mars is water. Did it exist? If it did, is it responsible or is something else responsible for the gullies, deltas, valleys, and other features that look like (and are thus named like) formations here on Earth. One of the more often argued over structures is Valles Marineris. Watch this cool fly over! It looks like it is analogous to the Grand Canyon and was formed through...

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This subject is best described in one word: Pretty. Case in Point (from HiRISE): Scientifically, that one word explanation and picture, however, really don’t quite cut it. Nonetheless, the session started with a pretty picture show. I’m kind of frustrated because the best image that was shown wasn’t captioned and I can’t find it. I’ll share with you as much imagery as I can, however. Let’s start...

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Completely Random & a Carnival


Posted By on Mar 13, 2008

Want to read about something other than LPSC? Check out this weeks Space Carnival at Observations from Missy’s Window. My brain is full. I’m really not sure how I’ve taken as many notes this week as I have. If you ever need a crash course in Planetary Science, go to LPSC. I’ve learned more new vocabulary words this week than in the past year, and more science than in the past few months since the American...

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Lunar Magnetic Fields


Posted By on Mar 13, 2008

This morning I’m sitting in a session titled, “Lunar geophysics.” A more accurate might have been, “Lunar Magnetic Fields.” So far the dominant theme has been trying to determine if the moon once had a nature magnetic field driven by a lunar dynamo, or if all magnetic fields fields found on the moon were induced by impact events. This is a complex question that I will try to address, but first let me do a...

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