Peeking at the youngest stars

Tom Greene attended the 3rd and final meeting of the Electromagnetic observations from space program prioritization panel of the Astro 2010 decadal survey in Washington, DC 23 – 25 September. Tom Greene gave an invited colloquium titled “Peeking at the youngest stars” at Sonoma State University on September 28. […]

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UV Abiotic Production of the Molecule Uracil

A scientific paper has just appeared in the journal Astrobiology in which it is shown that UV irradiation of astrophysical ices containing pyrimidine can result in the abiotic production of the molecule uracil. Uracil is one of the nucleobases that are the building blocks of DNA and RNA. The work was done by Michel Nuevo, […]

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Dale Cruikshank to participate in the Steering Group of the Planetary Decadal Survey

Dr. Cruikshank has accepted an invitation to participate in the Steering Group of the Planetary Decadal Survey that will establish priorities in Solar System missions and related research for the next decade. The Survey is an activity of the National Research Council (Space Studies Board) of the National Academy of Sciences, done at the request […]

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Scott Hubbard to Lead Mars Program Review

Hubbard will Lead Mars Program Review. Space News (4/14, David) reported, “Scott Hubbard, the former NASA Ames Research Center director…will lead a review team to help shape NASA’s next decade of robotic Mars exploration.” Doug McCuistion, head of the Mars exploration program, stated that the team will “analyze mission architectures” for Mars through 2020. “This […]

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