News articles tagged with "planetary_science"

11/17/2014 09:20:41
Douglas Smith
Two and a half billion years ago, single-celled organisms called cyanobacteria harnessed sunlight to split water molecules, producing energy to power their cells and releasing oxygen into an atmosphere that had previously had none. These early environmental engineers are responsible for the life we see around us today, and much more besides. At 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19, in Caltech's Beckman Auditorium, Professor of Geobiology Woodward "Woody" Fischer will describe how they transformed the planet. Admission is free.
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08/05/2012 07:00:00
Kimm Fesenmaier

The "seven minutes of terror" are over, and members of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team have finally let out a collective sigh of relief.

 

08/02/2012 07:00:00
Marcus Woo

Caltech's Ken Farley and Bethany Ehlmann will be among the 300 scientists examining the information Curiosity sends home from Mars and trying to figure out what it all means.

07/27/2012 07:00:00
Kimm Fesenmaier

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)—the most capable robotic mission ever sent to the Red Planet—is quickly approaching its destination. A feature-length story about this Mission to Mars appears in the Summer issue of E&S magazine.

06/26/2012 07:00:00
Katie Neith

Caltech scientists recently discovered a new mineral embedded in the Allende meteorite—one they believe to be among the oldest minerals formed in the solar system.

05/31/2012 13:15:00
Marcus Woo

Mike Brown, the Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor and professor of planetary astronomy at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), has been named a co-winner of the 2012 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics for his efforts to understand the outer solar system—work that led to the demotion of Pluto.

05/09/2012 17:00:00
Katie Neith

Last year, images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured sand dunes and ripples moving across the surface of Mars. Now, technology developed by a team at Caltech has allowed scientists to measure these activities for the very first time.

04/19/2012 07:00:00
Katie Neith

An entirely new globe of the moon—the first in over 40 years—is now available, thanks, in part, to Caltech alumni. Using images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, a team at Sky & Telescope magazine, including senior contributing editor Kelly Beatty (BS '73), developed the updated model. 

03/06/2012 08:00:00
Marcus Woo

Many of us see a man in the moon—a human face smiling down at us from the lunar surface. The "face," of course, is just an illusion, shaped by the dark splotches of lunar maria. But why did the moon settle into an orbit with the man always facing Earth?

02/10/2012 08:00:00
Kimm Fesenmaier

With the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) well on its way to Mars, the newest members of its science team have been announced. Two Caltech professors—Kenneth Farley and Bethany Ehlmann—are among 18 researchers who have been selected as funded participating scientists on the mission.

01/04/2012 18:00:00
Marcus Woo
Caltech researchers have developed a computer model of the atmosphere and methane cycle of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The model explains the origin of methane clouds and fog, as well as rainstorms and plentiful lakes of liquid methane on the planet.
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