Back from the Planetary Defense Conference - May is going to be CRAZY!
Published 5/4/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
Hello, I am back from Granada where I enjoy this very inspirational conference called Planetary Defense Conference (see my previous post). I would like to spend some time to discuss in this blog the technologies presented by various colleagues about the deflection of a potential asteroid threat. I realized listening to their talks that the limit between science and science-fiction is getting fuzzier as I am getting older.:-) Most of you have heard already about the possibilities of using nuclear bombs to deflect an asteroid. This is technologically doable but only by an handful of countries. D. Dearborn from LLNL presented... read more ❯

Back from LPSC (what is that?)
Published 4/3/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
First of all sorry for the long absence, since I updated my SAFARI to the 4beta version, I lost capabilities to access and write this blog. So I switched back to Firefox. I should have waited the final version of Safari instead of becoming a beta tester... End of March is a busy month for astronomers who want to access to telescopes. All the deadlines for Fall-Winter 2009-2010 telescope time are concentrated during this period. This year I decided to focus on a few proposals aimed at studying binary asteroids instead of submitted a lot of them. Quality vs Quantity let's... read more ❯

Back from the Physics Diversity Submit 2009 conference in Nashville, TN
Published 2/16/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
Dear readers, I am flying back from Nashville, a large city in located Tennessee. This was my first stay in this southern state. I was invited to give a talk about my work on adaptive optics for the study of the solar system at the astronomy session of the Physics Diversity Summit and joint 2009 Annual Conference. This conference was organized by the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) and National Society for Hispanic Professionals (NSHP link) and aims at giving to the students from under-representated groups the opportunity to meet, discuss, and get connections for future job while meeting their peers.... read more ❯

About the Future and Current Exploration of SSSBs
Published 1/19/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
I do realize that I was about to fail already on my new year resolution which was to write 2 posts at least per week on this blog. My sincere apologize for that, this week has been extremely busy. On Monday and Tuesday of last week,  I was a Washington DC to attend the first SBAG meeting. I think you may be interested to hear about what are the future and current status of exploration for Small Solar System Bodies. I did not really know what to expect of this meeting since it was the first time that our community of small... read more ❯

Cryovolcanism on Titan? - Un volcanism cryogenic sur Titan?
Published 1/3/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
I attended the AGU Fall conference in San Francisco 2 weeks ago. I must admit that it is a delight to be able to attend such reputed conference without having to deal with airport, jet-lag and other inconveniences which comes when traveling. The AGU Fall conference is organized in the gigantic the Moscone Center, just 30 min away from my house. Additionally, because I organized a workshop about Io Volcanism just before the AGU (see the website on this link) which took me a lot of time, I did not present anything during this conference. I therefore had the pleasure to wander... read more ❯