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Michael Griffin Redux


Posted By on Mar 10, 2008

The last time I reported on Michael Griffin I was at AAS and he was addressing us (the astronomy community) on the future of astronomy missions (space missions focusing on stuff outside of our solar system). Today he will address the planetary science community (and a few stray astronomers like me) on the future of planetary science at NASA. For this group, the Moon Missions – the manned moon missions – are still a path to...

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Want to get involved in taking data? Visiting with researchers? Getting others looking up? Here are some ways: The GLOBE at Night:  Starting Monday February 25, the GLOBE at Night program is asking everyone in the world (which would include you) to go out, look up, match how many stars they see in Orion with comparison charts available online, and then report their observations through their website.   This data will be...

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Sometime this weekend I looked up at my calendar and realized, “I didn’t hear the Space Shuttle Challenger mentioned at all this weekend.” Twenty-Two years ago today, during middle school lunch block on the East coast, the Space Shuttle Challenger lifted off from Cape Canaveral with a crew of 6 astronauts and one schoolteacher from New Hampshire. (Image: STS-51L, the last flight of the Challenger (NASA)) In many...

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Return to the Moon


Posted By on Oct 30, 2007

The last time man walked on the moon I wasn’t alive. Hopefully I won’t be able to say that for too much longer. Several different nations are gearing up to make manned assaults on the surface of the Moon. Before the people, there is a wave of explorer bots. (The good kind, not the bad spam bots like I regularly war upon.) On September 14, 2007  Japan launched the SELENE mission, which is an imaging mission. On October...

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Giving AAS a Face


Posted By on May 30, 2007

There is an excellant collection of photos from the conference (including one of yours truly) over at the 808scenezine.com that were taken by Katie Whitman. I’m still running around a bit madly, but I’ll be adding pictures to things. For now, get your photo fix...

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Dorrit Hoffleit, 1907-2007


Posted By on Apr 11, 2007

She turned 100 on March 12 and passed away after a breif illness on April 9. She was sharp and witty and active all the way to the end. Many people have written about her, but I think her personal words describe her the best: “I do it because I like it. … . [Astronomy], it’s my life.” This video is from an interview done in July of 2006 and re-editted yesterday. July 2006 Interview with E. Dorrit Hoffleit:...

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