Space Craft


SELENE at the Moon


Posted By on Mar 10, 2008

It’s a day of missions. I just left the MESSENGER session to sit in on part of the SELENE mission session. This new craft on the block is a Japanese produced and is returned hi resolution images and movies back to Earth as it systematically acquires topographic maps of Earth’s moon. SELENE, which is also called KAGUYA is actually three space craft: a main orbiter, a Relay Satellite, and the VRAD Satellite. The SELENE image...

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10 days of Space Science!


Posted By on Mar 8, 2008

This is going to be another crazy wonderful week on Astronomy Cast Live. Just like we covered the American Astronomical Society meeting last January, this week we will be covering BOTH the launch of STS-123 and the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, TX. Making this possible are: Scott Miller (A SIUE student I work with) who is spending his Spring Break in Florida for the launch, Rebecca Bemrose-Fetter who is spending...

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ISS until 2016. Science never?


Posted By on Mar 3, 2008

This newspaper article really says all that needs to be said (hat tip to Chuck Pullen). I didn’t know until I read this that ISS was only funded through 2016. It’s insane how much money we’re spending for something that still fails to meet its international obligations and has very limited science...

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NASA let’s the Women Drive


Posted By on Feb 29, 2008

In case you haven’t heard it from Phil enough times, Emily Lakdawalla is one of the coolest bloggers out there. Her blog touches on all things planetary and when some thing is not quit right or clear with an image, Emily will download the raw mission images and put them together and explain what we’re seeing with the authority of an image junkie with a strong science background. She does all this while raising a cute...

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To Hubble with Love


Posted By on Jan 8, 2008

For my entire professional astronomer life, Hubble has been there as a beloved icon of what scientists can accomplish technically and scientifically when they are given the opportunity to dream. The images most of us think of when we pull up a mental image of the universe came from Hubble: The Whirlpool, The Pillars of Creation, and even Jupiter during Shoemaker-Levy 9. Today NASA is telling us how the plan to keep Hubble imaging into...

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Of Bathrooms and Underware


Posted By on Dec 18, 2007

Ok, I have to admit that is a title I never thought I’d use, but it was a weird day. Somehow, bathrooms/toilet rooms, and underware just kept coming up as topics. For instance at lunch… We’d wandered onto a nauseating topic, so I mentioned, to distract things, that my husband and I spent the weekend tiling our bathroom (we’re still repairing from this*), and somehow this lead to much discussion involving Thomas...

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