The 1-ton robot has accumulated quite a bit of wheel damage since touching down inside Gale Crater in August 2012 to investigate Mars' past and present potential to host microbial life. But the damage has not imperiled the rover's mission, said Curiosity's handlers, who are employing a number of troubleshooting measures to keep the robot rolling along. Find out more here: http://buff.ly/1js0ax9
David Black, president and CEO of the SETI Institute, commented, “This is an excellent example of how astrobiology — which includes understanding the atmospheres of other planets — is germane to contemporary concerns here on Earth.” Learn more here: http://buff.ly/1jfgiSg
The Karl G. Jansky Lectureship is an honor established by the trustees of Associated Universities, Inc., to recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement of radio astronomy. First awarded in 1966, it is named in honor of the man who, in 1932, first detected radio waves from a cosmic source. Karl Jansky's discovery of radio waves from the central region of our Milky Way Galaxy started the science of radio astronomy.
Jill Tarter will present the annual Karl G. Jansky Lecture in Charlottesville, Virginia and in Socorro, New Mexico. Dates TBD. Details: http://buff.ly/1suY53v
This colorized image of Europa is a product of clear-filter grayscale data from one orbit of the Galileo spacecraft, combined with lower-resolution color data taken on a different orbit. The blue-white terrains indicate relatively pure water ice. The reddish areas contain water ice mixed with hydrated salts, potentially magnesium sulfate or sulfuric acid. The reddish material is associated with the broad band in the center of the image, as well as some of the narrower bands, ridges, and disrupted chaos-type features. It is possible that these surface features may have communicated with a global subsurface ocean layer during or after their formation. More here: http://buff.ly/1qTOJAH
Meet the seven new dwarf galaxies. Astronomers, using a new type of telescope made by stitching together telephoto lenses, recently discovered seven celestial surprises while probing a nearby spiral galaxy. The previously unseen galaxies may yield important insights into dark matter and galaxy evolution, while possibly signaling the discovery of a new class of objects in space. Learn more here: http://buff.ly/1qpGdFG
Processes that shaped the ridges and troughs on the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Ganymede are likely similar to tectonic processes seen on Earth, according to a team of researchers. To arrive at this conclusion, the team subjected physical models made of clay to stretching forces that simulate tectonic action. Learn more here: http://buff.ly/TTELAG
Data from this newest tsunami wave generated by our sun confirm that Voyager is in interstellar space -- a region between the stars filled with a thin soup of charged particles, also known as plasma. The mission has not left the solar system -- it has yet to reach a final halo of comets surrounding our sun -- but it broke through the wind-blown bubble, or heliosphere, encasing our sun. Voyager is the farthest human-made probe from Earth, and the first to enter the vast sea between stars. Learn more here: http://buff.ly/TREgHi
While there are many factors that could account for the high UV flux – which reached levels that are five times what you would experience at the beach – many of them point to a thinning of the ozone layer. Given the danger of increased ultraviolet, it’s clear that more extensive monitoring is essential. Find out more, here: http://www.seti.org/seti-institute/astrobiologists-observe-dangerous-levels-of-solar-ultraviolet
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Founded in November 1984, the SETI Institute began operations on February 1, 1985. Today it employs over 120 scientists, educators and support staff. Research at the Institute is anchored by two centers. Dr. Gerry Harp leads the Center for SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Research and Dr. David Morrison is the Director for the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe. Edna DeVore leads our Center for Education and Public Outreach.