Researchers Using NASA’s Kepler Telescope Say Galaxy May Have 40 Billion Habitable Planets

NBC Nightly News (11/5, story 9, 0:25, Williams, 7.86M) reported, “Well, good news for travelers, when we have all decided we have once and for all trashed planet Earth, a new analysis from NASA says there could be as many as 40 billion habitable earth size planets out there in the galaxy, the nearest place […]

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Sandford and Group Achievement Award for the Stardust Interstellar Preliminary Examination Team

Dr. Sandford was part of an international team of scientists that has been working for several years to find interstellar dust candidates in the Stardust interstellar aerogel collectors. This team has now discovered a handful of interstellar dust particle candidate and completed a large number of different types of laboratory analysis to demonstrate that several […]

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Dr. Chris McKay Lays Out Potential Paths For Changing Mars’ Ecosystem

McKay Lays Out Potential Paths For Changing Mars’ Ecosystem. Ray Villard at Discovery News (10/24, 598K) writes a concept proposed by Ames Research Center’s Chris McKay called planetary ecosynthesis, which could make Mars more habitable for humans or restore Mars’ ecosystem if native life is discovered. According to McKay, the first process would involve warming […]

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Curiosity Finds “Surprising” Amounts Of Water, Perchlorate On Mars

The Christian Science Monitor (9/27, Spotts, 540K) reports on five new papers about what the Curiosity rover found during its first 100 days on Mars. It found that liquid water was present in Gale Crater, answering the “overarching question” of whether Mars was habitable at one period in time. The rover also discovered a type […]

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Curiosity’s Methane Result Causing Reexamination Of Previous Data

The Washington Post (9/23, Achenbach, 4.28M) continues coverage of how the Curiosity rover found no trace of methane on Mars. Michael Mumma of the Goddard Space Flight Center said his team is reviewing their data since they previously had detected the gas. Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, said, “It’s possible that […]

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LADEE UVS spectrometer alive and healthy

Following the successful launch and activation of the LADEE spacecraft, the Ultraviolet and Visible Spectrometer (UVS) instrument was powered for the first time on Sep 14, 2013. UVS was activated and ran through a series of “dark calibrations”. These calibrations make measurements of the noise on the instruments sensor while the instruments telescope door is […]

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Curiosity To Conduct “Intense Science” At First Waypoint

The BBC News (9/16, Amos, 1.62M) reports continued coverage of the “intense science” the Curiosity rover will conduct now that it arrived at its first waypoint. While the rover is still “many months” away from its ultimate destination of Mount Sharp, the article notes that operators are “delighted” by how Curiosity is handling. The article […]

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NASA Continues Celebrations Of Curiosity Rover

NASA Continues Celebrations Of Curiosity Rover. Coverage continues of the one-year anniversary of the Curiosity rover landing on Mars. Compared to the previous day, coverage has expanded to included two and a half minutes of coverage on national TV broadcasts. The tone of that coverage was overwhelmingly positive with a focus on the achievements of […]

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