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Course: Deep Impact
This month, an 816-pound spacecraft is scheduled to collide with
Tempel 1, a comet 83 million miles away, which scientists hope will shed
light on the formation of the solar system.
Lucy McFadden and Peter Schultz
Journey to a Titanic World Print
Last January, a probe landed on Saturn's largest moon to explore its intriguing
atmosphere and terrain.
Martian Views Print
Through pictures sent back to Earth, the martian rovers, Opportunity and
Spirit, have much to tell of their year-and-a-half-long journey across
the red planet.
Planet-Finder's Guide to the Universe
New-generation telescopes and observing platforms are getting off Earth
to find other Earth-like planets.
Monitoring the most dangerous
Dinosaur links meat-eaters and vegetarians
forests sunk by salt
Swiss wrap glacier for summer
Following scientists post-9/11
Carbon leaching out of Siberian peat
Mars' lost landers
The heart of a landslide
Soaking in extra sun
Style over function for Stegosaurus
American Beaches Awash With Politics
Artificially endowing beaches with
sand is an expensive and arduous task that can fail easily if geology is not
taken into account.
Orrin H. Pilkey
Energy & Resources Print
Aging Alaska oil pipelines
Mineral of the Month: Boron
Trends & Innovations Print
Tracking Gorilla Habitat Changes
Both gorillas and the forests
where they live are endangered, leading conservationists to look to satellites
for land-use monitoring.
Education & Outreach
Making a Public Impact
From comet and bird-watching to weather observations, average people are helping
scientists in measurable ways.
of World Oil Production: Is the Wolf Near?
Determining when the worlds oil is going to peak poses a unique challenge
to petroleum geologists, economists and policy-makers, but the time to act is
Robert L. Hirsch, Roger H. Bezdek and Robert
The Energy Bill: Is It Big and Broad Enough?
The U.S. House of Representatives has finally passed an energy bill, but the effort
to shape national energy policy is far from over.
The founding of the Bank of America
is intimately linked to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
Visit the Geotimes archives to
search for past news and views.
Marcia McNutt: Oceangoing geophysicist
Check out this month's
Seeing landscapes from above
Books: This is not your fathers creationism: A review of Creationisms
DVDs: Hubbles anniversary
On the Shelf: Mars and beyond
the Web: Space
June 6, 1980
Luis and Walter Alvarez propose an impact explanation for the dinosaurs
On July 4, the Deep Impact spacecraft will
ram into comet Tempel 1. The aim of the mission is to give scientists a view of
crater formation on the comet, while examining the materials that compose the
icy body, which they believe represent the composition of the early solar system.
Image courtesy NASA/JPL/UMD and adapted from original. Read the story here.