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By Dr. Janice Bishop; Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute, and Gail Jacobs Dr. Janice Bishop is a chemist and planetary scientist who explores the planet Mars using spectroscopy. Her investigations of CRISM data of Mars are revealing clays and sulfates in the ancient rocks that provide information…

Today, NASA announced three future key missions preselected as part of the Discovery program named GEMS, TiME and Comet Hopper. This is an important announcement, which was eagerly expected by our community. The NASA Discovery program is a low-cost mission ($425 million FY2010) program aimed at developing and supporting a well-defined and narrow-range science mission…

Sand Seas of the Solar System

By Dr. Lori Fenton; Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute, and Gail Jacobs Planetary scientist Dr. Lori Fenton joined the SETI Institute’s Carl Sagan Center as a Principal Investigator in 2006, and was awarded NASA’s Carl Sagan Fellowship for Early Career Researchers that same year. Lori’s primary research…

How to Catch a Comet

By Dr. Mark Showalter Senior Research Scientist at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute Four and a half billion years ago, a fluffy “snowball” coalesced out of the cloud of ice, dust and debris still surrounding our Sun. Most of the snowballs like it later merged to…

Turning Pixels into Planets

By Dr. Jon Jenkins; Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute, and Gail Jacobs Dr. Jon Jenkins of the SETI Institute is the Analysis Lead for NASA’s Kepler Mission. He heads up a group of about two-dozen scientists and programmers who designed and built the software that is the…

Remembering Dr. Emma Bakes An exceptional person, Dr. Emma Bakes passed away on February 28, 2011. She accomplished a great deal and touched many people in an unfortunately short time. Her accomplishments span oceans and included the physical sciences, medicine, fashion, martial arts, and parenthood to name just a few. To honor and remember her,…

Worlds in the Making

By Dr. Ignacio Mosqueira, an astrophysicist at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute, and Gail Jacobs Ignacio Mosqueira works with Paul Estrada to piece together the way in which giant planets – such as Jupiter and Saturn — and their moons and rings formed. Ignacio notes that…

By Franck Marchis There will be a before and after Kepler Era in astronomy. Today, with the release of 1,202 exoplanet candidates from data collected with the Kepler spacecraft over 140 days of observation, we have just entered in a new age of astronomy. The Kepler spacecraft is the 10th NASA Discovery mission launched in…

By Dr. Darlene Lim, a geobiologist and limnologist at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute, and Gail Jacobs Dr. Darlene Lim’s research interests span Earth and Space Science. She conducts limnological and paleolimnological investigations of remote lakes and ponds in the Canadian High Arctic to characterize Holocene…

By Dr. Franck Marchis Astronomer at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute It is done. The Kepler team finally announced the discovery of its first terrestrial exoplanet. A referred journal, accepted in the Astrophysical Journal by Natalie Batalha and a large number of colleagues, describes this new…