Rosetta’s Last Hurrah at Comet 67P

rosetta comet landing

Rosetta Becomes One With Comet 67P On September 29th, 2016,  ESA’s Rosetta orbiter made a guided “soft” crash landing onto the nucleus of Comet 67P. It’s now forever a part of the comet. It will be until the nucleus breaks up sometime in the future as it rounds the Sun. … Continue reading

Science, the Media, and Future Trips to Mars

Curiosity looks south from its perch at "Rocknest" site. Taken between Oct. 5 and Nov. 16, 2012. From the first gigapixel image taken on Mars's surface. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Being a Science Communicator I’m a science communicator and  also worked as a scientist for part of my career. The ways that science gets communicated continue to amaze me. I got so fascinated science communication that I spent part of my graduate school career studying more effective ways to share the … Continue reading

Lose Your Craft in a Crack and You Can’t Get it Back

philae craft

That’s a Philae ! I know. I couldn’t resist. As soon as I saw the headlines about the lost Philae craft and how the Rosetta mission team found it lost in a crack, I had that song running through my mind.  But, behind the levity is a great story about loss and … Continue reading

What Does “Earth-like” Mean for a Planet?

Earth-like planet Proxima Centauri b

Classifying Exoplanets In the wake of the long-teased and barely embargoed story about the discovery of Earth-like planet Proxima Centauri b last week, the press really ran with the idea of it being “just like Earth”. That’s really a misleading way to report on an astonishing finding. Judging by some … Continue reading

Proxima Centauri b Found: The Closest Earth-like Planet to Earth

The view from Proxima Centauri b.

Long Rumored, Finally Announced The rumors have been floating around for weeks about a supposed planet orbiting Proxima Centauri — the closest star to the Sun. That’s a star visible (through a telescope) from the Southern Hemisphere in the constellation Centaurus. It’s part of a triple system, headlined by Alpha … Continue reading