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2009-03-11 23:52
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03/04/2009 - Google Earth, now with Mars!

Ross A. Beyer, SETI Institute and NASA AmesGoogle, Inc., has released Google Earth 5.0 which contains a Mars 3D mode. Working with engineers at Google, we helped collect, parse, and organize the vast store of Mars geospatial data available to the publ... (SETI Institute MarCom Services) author

02/25/2009 - Interstellar and Early Solar System Organics in Samples from Comet Wild 2

Scott Sandford, NASA Ames Space Science DivisionThe Stardust mission successfully returned samples from Comet Wild 2 in 2006. Studies of these samples have confirmed the presence of organics, some of which appear to be similar to those found in meteor... (SETI Institute MarCom Services) author

02/18/2009 - Multiple Asteroid Systems: New Techniques to Study New Worlds

Franck Marchis, UC Berkeley and the SETI InstituteSince the discovery of Ida’s companion Dactyl in 1993, the number of known multiple asteroids has been continuously increasing and ~165 of them are now known. Since 2003, Dr. Marchis and his colleagues ... (SETI Institute MarCom Services) author

10/29/2008 - Giant Planet Formation

Dr. Jack Lissauer, Space Sciences Division, NASA Ames Research CenterThe observed properties of giant planets, models of their evolution, and observations of protoplanetary disks all provide constraints on the formation of gas giant planets. The four ... (SETI Institute MarCom Services) author

01/28/2009 - Surface modifications by winds on Earth, Mars, Venus, and Titan

Ron Greeley, Regent's Professor, Arizona State UniversityWindblown dunes, ripples, and erosional features are seen on Earth, Venus, and Titan, while on Mars these features are ubiquitous and reflect the dominant agent of surface modification. Although ... (SETI Institute MarCom Services) author

11/05/2008 - The Allen Telescope Array: A Radio Survey Telescope for the 21st Century

Don Backer and Jill TarterJill Tarter will talk about the large survey SETI observing programs to be undertaken by our in-house team over the next decade, the SETI observing projects from external proposers that have been allocated array time during th... (SETI Institute MarCom Services) author

10/22/2008 - MIPSGAL: MIPS/Spitzer Survey of the Galactic Plane

Dr. Sachindev ShenoyMIPSGAL is a survey of the Galactic plane at 24 and 70 microns using Multiband Imaging Photometer for Spitzer (MIPS) Space Telescope. This is one of the most sensitive survey in the mid-infrared of our Galactic plane. In this talk, ... (SETI Institute MarCom Services) author

09/24/2008 - Black Holes: End of Time or a New Beginning?

Prof. Roger Blandford, Stanford Linear Accelerator and Physics, Stanford UniversityBlack holes are popularly associated with death and destruction (excluding romances dealing with the redemptive properties of wormholes). However, their conventional ast... (SETI Institute MarCom Services) author

02/05/2008 - The Hunt for Hidden Dimensions

JoAnne Hewett,Professor at SLAC, Stanford UniversityExtra dimensions of space may be present in our universe. Their discovery would dramatically change our view of the cosmos and would prompt many questions. How do they hide? What is their shape? How m... (SETI Institute MarCom Services) author

01/21/2009 - Roundup at the Kepler Corral: the Race to Detect the First Earth-sized Planet in the Habitable Zone of a Sunlike Star

Dr. Jeffrey Van Cleve, Ball Aerospace& Technologies CorpThe Kepler Mission is designed to detect transits of Earth-size planets orbiting in the "habitable zone" (HZ) around main-sequence stars of apparent visual magnit... (SETI Institute MarCom Services) author

01/14/2009 - Laboratory Studies of Water Ice Cloud formation under Martian Conditions

Dr. Laura T. Iraci, NASA Ames Research CenterWater ice clouds are an important part of the martian hydrological cycle, influencing the water and energy budgets. Microphysical models can be used to study the connections between cloud formation and water... (SETI Institute MarCom Services) author

01/07/2009 - Mission to a Potentially Threatening Asteroid

David Morrison, NASA Ames Research Center Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs) are interesting to both planetary scientists and those who are concerned about protecting against their impacts. The first step, now well underway, is to find them (with the Spacegau... (SETI Institute MarCom Services) author

12/03/2008 - The Weather on Mars

David Hinson, SETI InstituteIn this talk Dave Hinson will examine the weather on Mars using a combination of radio occultation data and wide-angle images obtained by Mars Global Surveyor during its final year of operation. These complementary observati... (SETI Institute MarCom Services) author

11/19/2008 - Some Thoughts from an Anthropologist on Culture, Interstellar Communication, and the Construction of Interstellar Messages

Professor John Traphagan, Departments of Religious Studies and Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin“Culture” represents one of the most widely used, but often misunderstood, concepts when considering the nature of interactions and communications... (SETI Institute MarCom Services) author

11/12/2008 - How Spaceflight Was Born

Eugene LallyLally was involved with the space program from the beginning in the United States starting in 1955, before Sputnik. Eugene worked with key people from Peenemunde and JPL and contributed many pioneering concepts when he was referred to as a ... (SETI Institute MarCom Services) author

09/10/2008 - Science in my life, and the unpredictability of discovery

Professor Charles Townes, UC Berkeley (1964 Nobel Prize winner for Physics for the invention of the laser)Professor Townes is the 1964 Nobel prize winner for fundamental work in the field of quantum electronics, which has led to the construction of osc... (SETI Institute MarCom Services) author

08/27/2008 - Exploring the Extreme Universe with GLAST

Professor Lynn Cominsky, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Sonoma State UniversityNASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) mission was launched into orbit on June 11, 2008. GLAST's mission is to explore the most energetic and exotic objec... (SETI Institute MarCom Services) author