Physical Geography

Pluto, revisited

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The news that NASA discovered a new type of microorganism has overshadowed new findings on Pluto. The Christian Science Monitor presents both sides of the debate, “Should Pluto be Restored as a Planet?” According to Mike Wall from Space.com, Pluto was found to be slightly larger than Eris, the entity that supplanted it, re-opening the […]

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A Bittersweet Last Goodbye for the Mars Phoenix Lander

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Today would have been the 2-year anniversary of the Mars Phoenix lander’s touchdown on Mars and, although it was a longshot that the lander would have survived the harsh Martian winter, numerous listening attempts have been made since January in hopes of hearing a signal from the craft. Efforts have finally ended this past week, […]

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Landsat 5 – 25 years and counting!

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That’s right, it was March 1st, 1984 when Landsat 5 lifted off on a expected 3-year Earth observation mission, and here we are 25 years later, and the old workhorse is still capturing imagery! So, congrats to NASA and Landsat 5 on a quarter century of documenting Earth from space! You can read the NASA […]

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Space Race Heats Up!

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Although the space race hasn’t been a two horse race in a long time, India certainly jumped a head this week with this bit of news – India launches first moon mission! The Chandrayaan-1 was successfully launched yesterday on a survey course of the moon. The mission is unmaned with the goal of developing a […]

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Watch the GeoEye Launch today

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GeoEye is going to stream the launch of their GeoEye-1 satellite Saturday afternoon (today) at noon PDT on their website. Always fun to watch a launch and probably interesting for the kids as well. Since we will be finished recording before launch we will talk about it in next weeks news I guess. UPDATE: All […]

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A New GPS System…. On the Moon?

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Engadget is reporting an interesting new system that’s being created. Researchers over at Ohio State University (a hop, skip, and 4 hour drive from here) are attempting to make a GPS like system for navigation on the moon. The system is supposed to be ready by 2020, and the linked article from Engadget’s site says […]

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NASA’s Mars Lander Video Coverage

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NASA will be hosting the NASA mars landing video on today, Sunday the 25th. I’m betting that they’ll have it archived for reviewing shortly thereafter. If you’re a space junky like me, you’ll be torn between an afternoon showing of everyone’s favorite archaeologist and this!