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By Dr. Franck Marchis Planetary Astronomer at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute I’d like to share the first of two blogs on observations of Io that we did using the Keck telescope and its Adaptive Optics (AO) system. Similar to last year, my summer is busy…

By Dr. Mark R. Showalter Planetary Astronomer at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute In 1609, Galileo introduced to the world his new invention, the astronomical telescope. It opened up new opportunities to explore a territory that all prior generations had regarded as familiar–the night sky. In…

By Dr. Cynthia Phillips Planetary geologist at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute Jupiter’s moon Europa could be the best place beyond the Earth to search for life. This small moon, about the size of Earth’s Moon, is one of the Galilean moons first discovered 400 years…

Why do We Explore?

by Nathalie A. Cabrol I realize how immodest the title of this first blog may sound and it is certainly not my intention to convince anybody that I will answer this question in the limited space allowed here or even in a lifetime. My hope is, instead, to stir thoughts and invite an exchange of…