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QUEST | February 22, 2013

The Mars Rover Curiosity Digs a Little Deeper

Before sending the Curiosity rover to Mars, its drilling technology was tested exhaustively by drilling many holes in samples of Earth rock. Add another word to your vocabulary of Martian geological exploration: thwacking…repeat, not fracking, but thwacking! Thwack: to strike with or as if with ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2013/02/15/asteroid-2012-da14-in-line-for-a-rim-shot/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=asteroid-2012-da14-in-line-for-a-rim-shot target=_blank >Asteroid 2012 DA14: In Line For a Rim Shot</a>

QUEST | February 15, 2013

Asteroid 2012 DA14: In Line For a Rim Shot

Asteroid 2012 DA14 Flyby February 15 2013 Update: A 150-foot asteroid hurtled through Earth's backyard Friday, coming within an incredible 17,150 miles and making the closest known flyby for a rock of its size. Get more info at KQED News. Duck! Here comes ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2013/01/25/mars-mountainclimbing-mashup/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mars-mountainclimbing-mashup target=_blank >Mars Mountain Climbing Mashup!</a>

QUEST | January 25, 2013

Mars Mountain Climbing Mashup!

Comparison of heights of Mars' Mount Sharp and some of Earth's tallest mountains Ready for a real mash-up of explorer-history-science-mountaineering yack? A tale of two mountains on two planets? You have been forewarned… The comparison between Earth-side mountain exploration and the planned expedition by the Mars ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2013/01/17/placing-a-bet-on-the-surface-of-mars/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=placing-a-bet-on-the-surface-of-mars target=_blank >Placing a Bet on the Surface of Mars</a>

QUEST | January 17, 2013

Placing a Bet on the Surface of Mars

Mars has been on my radar for a very long time, since the astonishing day back in 1965 when Mariner 10 first sent back a picture of craters on its surface. So I'm not a Johnny-come-lately to the red planet. I've followed the news from every Mars mission, orbiters and ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2012/12/28/weighing-in-with-gravity/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=weighing-in-with-gravity target=_blank >Weighing in With Gravity</a>

QUEST | December 28, 2012

Weighing in With Gravity

Veitimilla Summit, Ecuador How do you feel today? Heavy as a ton of lead, or a ton of feathers? Light on your feet, or dragging on the ground? It probably depends on a lot of things, most particularly your present physical state, and possibly on ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2012/12/14/touch-the-sun-at-chabot-space-science-center/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=touch-the-sun-at-chabot-space-science-center target=_blank >Touch the Sun at Chabot Space & Science Center</a>

QUEST | December 14, 2012

Touch the Sun at Chabot Space & Science Center

Ultraviolet image of the Sun, NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory-July 28 2012 Just in time for the imminent event of Solar Maximum, when the sun reaches a crescendo in its 11-year cycle of magnetic activity and all the sunspots, solar flares, coronal mass ejections, and other ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2012/11/30/still-curious-about-mars-in-2012/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=still-curious-about-mars-in-2012 target=_blank >Still Curious About Mars in 2012</a>

QUEST | November 30, 2012

Still Curious About Mars in 2012

Artist illustration of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity. We've been thinking about life on Mars for a long, long time. At first it was easy. Before the telescope, Mars was a brilliant spark of orange light that moved about the sky with the other ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2012/11/16/the-leonids-are-back/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-leonids-are-back target=_blank >The Leonids Are Back!</a>

QUEST | November 16, 2012

The Leonids Are Back!

Leonid Meteors. Credit: Carter Roberts, Eastbay Astronomical Society The Leonids are back—and they're not a family circus group from Russia! This is the annual meteor shower of November that offers us the chance to see a bit of very ancient history disintegrate in a ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2012/11/02/ten-random-astro-facts-to-entertain-and-boggle/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ten-random-astro-facts-to-entertain-and-boggle target=_blank >Ten Random Astro-Facts to Entertain and Boggle</a>

QUEST | November 2, 2012

Ten Random Astro-Facts to Entertain and Boggle

From a Flammarion woodcut, unknown artist. I decided that instead of blogging on just one topic in astronomy, I'd blog about ten of them! Here are some of the astronomy fun facts from my archive that struck my fancy today, randomly chosen and in no ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2012/10/19/found-in-space-exoplanet-alpha-centauri-bb/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=found-in-space-exoplanet-alpha-centauri-bb target=_blank >Found In Space: Exoplanet Alpha Centauri Bb</a>

QUEST | October 19, 2012

Found In Space: Exoplanet Alpha Centauri Bb

Artist concept of Alpha Centauri Bb If you've been keeping up on the now very frequent reports of new extrasolar planet discoveries, here's a news flash: an Earth-sized exoplanet has been found orbiting the nearest star! It's called Alpha Centauri Bb and orbits one of the ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2012/10/05/news-from-mars-a-river-ran-through-it/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=news-from-mars-a-river-ran-through-it target=_blank >News From Mars: A River Ran Through It</a>

QUEST | October 5, 2012

News From Mars: A River Ran Through It

Mars streambed conglomerate compared to example on Earth. Credit: NASA/Mars Science Laboratory The news from Mars just keeps getting better. NASA's Curiosity rover, now exploring the alluvium at the base of Mount Sharp in Gale Crater for over two months,

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/black-holes-objects-of-attraction/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=black-holes-objects-of-attraction target=_blank >Black Holes: Objects of Attraction</a>

QUEST | September 25, 2012

Black Holes: Objects of Attraction

Ever since Princeton physicist John Wheeler coined the term nearly 50 years ago, black holes have evoked a sense of mystery and wonder for astronomers and space enthusiasts. But unlike comets, stars and other beautiful objects in the night sky, black holes can't actually be seen – they trap light, ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2012/09/21/black-holes-ultimate-trash-compactors-of-the-universe/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=black-holes-ultimate-trash-compactors-of-the-universe target=_blank >Black Holes: Ultimate Trash Compactors of the Universe</a>

QUEST | September 21, 2012

Black Holes: Ultimate Trash Compactors of the Universe

Artist concept of a black hole and companion star. Credit ESA/Hubble European Space Agency Information Centre (M. Kornmesser, L. L. Christensen) Ever hear the one "Black holes are out of sight"? Or how about, "Two protons walk into a black hole" (end of joke)? ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/audio/space-shuttle-endeavour-makes-a-bay-area-victory-lap/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=space-shuttle-endeavour-makes-a-bay-area-victory-lap target=_blank >Space Shuttle Endeavour Makes a Bay Area Victory Lap</a>

QUEST | September 21, 2012

Space Shuttle Endeavour Makes a Bay Area Victory Lap

[View the story "Spotting the Space Shuttle Endeavour in Bay Area Skies" on Storify] The space shuttle Endeavour logged 122 million miles over its 20-year career. Friday morning’s journey will add a final thousand or so as the shuttle makes its way from Edwards Air Force Base in ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/your-photos-on-quest-rogelio-bernal-andreo/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=your-photos-on-quest-rogelio-bernal-andreo target=_blank >Your Photos on QUEST: Rogelio Bernal Andreo</a>

QUEST | September 11, 2012

Your Photos on QUEST: Rogelio Bernal Andreo

When most people look up at the night sky, they might notice the moon or the way a constellation appears on a particular evening. When astrophotographer Rogelio Bernal Andreo turns his gaze to the heavens, he holds up a virtual frame, imagining how the different objects present in ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2012/09/07/will-the-asteroid-apophis-rock-our-world/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=will-the-asteroid-apophis-rock-our-world target=_blank >Will the Asteroid Apophis Rock Our World?</a>

QUEST | September 7, 2012

Will the Asteroid Apophis Rock Our World?

Earth and Near-Earth Asteroid--dramatization only The red phone on my desk went off again, flashing and beeping urgently. What was it this time? Another super-villain escaped from prison, threatening the safety of Oakland City again? I pick up the phone to find out. Ah, it ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2012/08/24/nasas-new-mars-rover-armed-and-curious/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nasas-new-mars-rover-armed-and-curious target=_blank >NASA's New Mars Rover: Armed and Curious</a>

QUEST | August 24, 2012

NASA's New Mars Rover: Armed and Curious

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory and ChemCam Space exploration has caught up with science fiction (again): we have deployed laser-armed nuclear-powered robot on Mars, and nearly two weeks after landing, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, the rover Curiosity, has fired that weapon on a Martian…rock. Certain images from ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2012/08/10/mars-science-laboratorys-touchdown-on-the-red-planet/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mars-science-laboratorys-touchdown-on-the-red-planet target=_blank >Mars Science Laboratory's Touchdown on The Red Planet</a>

QUEST | August 10, 2012

Mars Science Laboratory's Touchdown on The Red Planet

View from NASA's MSL "Curiosity" Rover Last Sunday, NASA scored a long-distance touchdown (a very long distance, with the goal posts fully 150 million miles away) on Mars! The Mars Science Laboratory, nicknamed "Curiosity" by essay winner Clara Ma, ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2012/08/07/stunning-solar-visualizations-the-suns-van-gogh-like-artistry/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=stunning-solar-visualizations-the-suns-van-gogh-like-artistry target=_blank >Stunning Solar Visualizations: The Sun's Van Gogh-like Artistry</a>

QUEST | August 7, 2012

Stunning Solar Visualizations: The Sun's Van Gogh-like Artistry

While nearly all eyes are focused on Mars, two astophysicists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center have been quietly staring at the sun instead.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/audio/nasas-mars-lander-the-exploration-begins/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nasas-mars-lander-the-exploration-begins target=_blank >NASA's Mars Lander: The Exploration Begins</a>

QUEST | August 6, 2012

NASA's Mars Lander: The Exploration Begins

Late Sunday night, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena cheered as the Curiosity lander ended its 352 million-mile journey, arriving – intact – onto the surface of Mars. The nail-biting landing procedure had been called the “Seven Minutes of Terror,” based on how long it took the ...

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