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Radio Astronomy: Why ‘Listening’ to the Stars Matters

Posted on · In the 1997 film Contact, Jodie Foster plays astronomer Dr. Ellie Arroway. She’s devoted her life to searching for proof of life on other planets. In a key scene, she’s lying on the windshield of her car, headphones on, listening to a distant star system the satellite farm behind her is pointed to. As the […]

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Space City Experts Discuss the Latest in Celestial Exploration

Posted on · Seeing as how Houston is Space City, we thought it might be appropriate, from time to time, to catch up on developments in outer space exploration. Today, we discuss a number of space-related topics with Dr. Carolyn Sumners, the VP of Astronomy at the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s George Observatory, and Douglas Terrier, Chief […]

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Hubble 25th Anniversary: Space Telescope Rewrote the Astronomy Books

Posted on · This past Saturday marked the 25th anniversary of the deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope. The project was years behind schedule, and millions of dollars over budget. And its deployment was marred by the discovery of a flawed mirror that rendered its first images blurry. But after subsequent shuttle missions to correct the issue, the Hubble […]