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Sometimes you just gotta talk about planets... or rockets... or sometimes ships that drill stuff. These are articles I've written for different sites and publications that found my enthusiasm endearing.  

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Venus' Role in Understanding Habitable Worlds

NASA Astrobiology, 8 Feb 2018

“You can feel what it’s like on Venus here on Earth,” said Kevin McGouldrick from the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. “Heat a hot plate until it glows red, place your palm on its surface and then run over that hand with a truck.”

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Phobos and Deimos: Captured Asteroids or Cut From Ancient Mars?

NASA NExSS Many Worlds, 16 Jun 2017

The Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) spacecraft will arrive at Mars in August 2025 and spend the next three years exploring the two moons and the environment around Mars. During this time, the spacecraft will drop to the surface of one of the moons and collect a sample to bring back to Earth. Probe and sample are scheduled to return to Earth in the summer of 2029.

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Artificial Intelligence Has Just Found Two Exoplanets: What Does This Mean For Planet Hunting?

 

NASA Astrobiology, 20 Dec 2017

The media was abuzz last week with the latest NASA news conference. A neural network — a form of artificial intelligence or machine learning — developed at Google had found two planets in data previously collected by NASA’s prolific Kepler Space Telescope. It’s a technique that could ultimately track-down our most Earth-like planets.

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Can You Overwater a Planet?

NASA Astrobiology, 28 Nov 2018

Wherever we find water on Earth, we find life. It is a connection that extends to the most inhospitable locations, such as the acidic pools of Yellowstone, the black smokers on the ocean floor or the cracks in frozen glaciers. This intimate relationship led to the NASA maxim, “Follow the Water”, when searching for life on other planets.