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Don’t Leave Earth Without it

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Ok, for all you intergalactic travelers out there, it’s the Location Earth Dog Tag, a lovely dog tag style pendant engraved with several methods of locating Earth in the galaxy. That way, when you hitch a ride on that friendly alien spacecraft, you’ll be able to give them good directions. There’s even an alien abduction […]

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CloudSat and Calipso satellites successfully launched

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I didn’t get a chance to blog this earlier because of our slow internet connection in San Juan, but NASA’s 2 new cloud monitoring satellites, CloudSat and Calipso, were successfully launched Friday morning after some difficulties they delayed their originial launch date. What’s cool about these satellites is that they are carrying instruments that can […]

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USGS Map-a-Planet

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This site is probably not new to some of you, but I think it is worth a post. The USGS, conjunction with NASA, offers access to global imagery of a number of planets and moons through its Map-a-Planet site. The navigation on the viewers is a little clunky, but it’s a cool way to explore […]

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Donate to SETI@home

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SETI@home is an attempt to search for extraterrestrial signals through the use of a distributed computing model, using processing power of millions of volunteer’s computers. To date they have proceeded through grants and donations, however this year they have begun their First Annual Donation Drive. This is an interesting use of technology and a more […]

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Google Mars!

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Way cool for space nuts out there like me…. Google Mars!  It’s just like Google Local, except with data from Mars.  There’s a nice elevation dataset and some interesting visible data as well.  Of course you can’t search for pizza joints in the area, but hey, it’s a step in the right direction!

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Signs of Water on Saturn Moon Enceladus!

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Nasa is reporting this after that their Cassini probe has discovered what appears to be liquid water errupting “Old Faithful” style from the surface of Enceladus.  As everyone is probably aware, water is the key to life… As the director of the imaging program said, “… we have significantly broadened the diversity of solar system […]

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Japan Launches Mapping Satellite

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The Japanese Advanced Land Observation Satellite (nicknamed “Daichi’) was launched on January 24th, after two delays for technical problems. According to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), The satellite will be used for mapping and to monitor disasters and environmental change around the world. Via Bloomberg and GeoPlace

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Most Earth-like Planet Detected

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Continuing last week’s podcast “space theme”, CNN has this story about astronomers using new techniques to discover the most Earth-like planet found yet. From the story, “an international team has detected a cold planet about 5-1/2 times more massive than Earth — still small enough to be considered Earth-like — orbiting a star about 20,000 […]