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Water on Mars, Part 2

Below is the second part of my interview with planetary geologist Bethany Ehlmann. In the first part, she discussed two of her recent papers on Martian geology (see citations below). In this segment, she discusses water on Mars more generally. Bethany Ehlmann Nick Anthis: Would it be possible to briefly take our readers through the…

Water on Mars, Part 1

Planetary geology is a fascinating area–particularly when it pertains to the search for extraterrestrial life. I wrote about it once during my brief stint as a student science writer, but it’s not an area that I’ve really covered on my blog. However, a former colleague of mine from Oxford, Bethany Ehlmann, was recently involved with…

A report by the NASA inspector general released earlier this week acknowledged that political appointees in the NASA press office censored climate scientists from 2004 to 2006. That would have been interesting news… about two years ago. Yawn. What caught my eye, though, were these claims in an article by The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin:…

Last week I mentioned an upcoming hearing by the Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to “Examine Allegations of Political Interference with Government Climate Change Science.” The hearing happened on Monday (19 March), and it even got a bit of media coverage in the process. The testimony of the witnesses can be downloaded here.…

(See update here.) The Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform–chaired by Henry Waxman–will hold part two of its “Hearing to Examine Allegations of Political Interference with Government Climate Change Science” on Monday, 19 March, at 10:00 am EST. The full witness list is supposed to be made available later today (Update: It looks like…

Oh boy, it just never stops with this administration and its contempt for science. Via Keith Cowing’s NASA Watch comes news of a, well, interesting new Bush Administration appointee at NASA: NASA Headquarters has a new political appointee in its employ: Patrick Rhode. He’ll be working on the 9th floor. For those of you who…

Missing Moon Tape Update

According to the AP, NASA announced Tuesday that it was beginning an official search for the missing tapes from the Apollo missions. Red-faced because the best pictures of its glory days are missing, NASA said Tuesday it was launching an official search for more than 13,000 original tapes of the historic Apollo moon missions. What’s…

NASA Loses Moon Landing Tapes

Yes, that’s right. The moon landing may have been one of the most significant events of the Twentieth Century, but our original records of it seem to have been misplaced, as The Sydney Morning Herald reported on the 5th of August: The heart-stopping moments when Neil Armstrong took his first tentative steps onto another world…

NASA Admits Censorship Occurred

The Bad Astronomy Blog reports that NASA has officially admitted that censorship did in fact take place there recently. In a letter to Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT), NASA writes: …an internal inquiry has revealed that one recent media request to interview Dr. James Hansen, of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, was inappropriately declined. This…