Still awaiting evidence for Steve King, however…

By: Wednesday December 17, 2014 1:30 am

It’s not all darkness and cold. Well, I guess it is, but anyway. NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory’s drill. “This temporary increase in methane — sharply up [...]


It Came From the Oort Cloud: Comet Siding Spring’s Close Encounter with Mars

By: Sunday October 19, 2014 9:05 am

This afternoon newly discovered Comet Siding Spring makes a close fly by Mars. Although NASA had to move all Mars orbiting spacecraft to the lee side to protect them from potential debris in the comet’s wake, Curiosity Rover will be positioned to observe (mastcam) and detect (chemcam). The comet was first observed by astronomer Robert H. McNaught working at the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia.

“We’re going to observe an event that happens maybe once every million years. This is an absolutely spectacular event.” -Jim Green, director of NASA’s planetary science division.

Over Easy: Monday Science

By: Monday January 21, 2013 5:45 am

The Russians think they’ve got a clean water sample from Lake Vostok. We’ll have to wait a bit to be sure. Their last sample was bad. They might find life, they might find cold water. However, the US is actually ahead on the search for life, just from another lake. I still think Vostok is more interesting, the water there is older.

Lakeside Diner

By: Monday August 6, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current issues that may be of interest.

Lakeside Diner

By: Tuesday February 7, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews on current topics that may be of interest.

Late Night FDL: The Little Machine That Could, NASA’s Opportunity Probe

By: Wednesday August 10, 2011 8:00 pm

Say what you like about the things the the US is no longer great at, we still are the Big Dogs when it comes to building and running long term space missions. Today the Opportunity Mars Rover finished a two year trip to the Endeavour Crater. There it will look for signs that water persisted on the surface of Mars for long periods of time. Not bad for a probe with a 3 month estimated mission life, eh?

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