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April 16, 2012 | 3:02 pm

Video: Planet Hunter Geoff Marcy on The Search For Extraterrestrial Life

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From KQED QUEST’s Andrea Kissack: NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler space telescope has been given more time to look for life-supporting planets outside our own solar system. The project, which has found more than 2,000 planets since it was launched in 2009, recently edged out several popular space programs to secure an extension in funding. Geoff Marcy […]

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NASA’s New Mars “Curiosity” Rover Launching Saturday

November 23, 2011 | 10:31 am

NASA’s New Mars “Curiosity” Rover Launching Saturday

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NASA’s newest astrobiology mission to Mars called the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is set to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Saturday, November 26th. The one hour and 43 minute launch window opens at 10:02 a.m. EST. It’s been more than eight years since NASA has sent a rover to explore […]

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NASA’s Flying Telescope Returns to Earth Every Day; Photos

October 31, 2011 | 11:14 am

NASA’s Flying Telescope Returns to Earth Every Day; Photos

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Listen to the audio version of this story The new SOFIA observatory isn’t your average NASA project. Engineers took a 30-year old 747 airplane, cut a hole in the side and installed a 17-ton telescope. Most telescopes are either on the ground or somewhere in orbit, but SOFIA falls somewhere in the middle, flying around […]

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What Makes Us Conserve Energy? Six Lessons from the Smart Grid

October 10, 2011 | 10:31 am

What Makes Us Conserve Energy? Six Lessons from the Smart Grid

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Smart meters have arrived for many Californians. More than 11 million have been installed by electric utilities in the state, with PG&E leading the way. The new meters digitally track a household’s energy use. So, for the first time, we can see our daily and even hourly data online (with a one-day lag before it’s […]

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