Franck Marchis

May 6, 2011

NASA announced key pre-selected Discovery Missions

Today NASA announced three future key missions preselected as part of the Discovery program named GEMS, TiME and Comet Hopper. This is an important announcement, which […]
April 29, 2011

Allen Array Telescope and the SETI Institute

My previous post on the hibernation of the Allen Array Telescope got a lot of attention and I have been contacted by various people to discuss […]
April 22, 2011

Today the Allen Array Telescope is hibernating

First of all, a disclaimer: I am not NOT involved in the Allen Array Telescope, neither I conduct astronomical programs using radio telescopes. I am writing […]
March 29, 2011

NASA MESSENGER: Mercury has an orbiter (37 yrs after Venus)

I mentioned in previous posts in my blog significant results obtained by MESSENGER, the NASA Discovery mission  which had three flybys with the inner planet Mercury. […]
February 15, 2011

A Valentine night with Tempel-1 ?

Today is the night of Valentine day, I am not particularly romantic but I always tried to do something special for this day. Unfortunately, this year […]
February 10, 2011

Cosmic Diary Blog hosted at the SETI Institute

An important update for our readers. You may have noticed a lack of activity over the few days on this blog and a significant change in […]
February 2, 2011

A landslide of Kepler Exoplanet Candidates

There will be a before and after Kepler Era in astronomy. Today, with the release of 1,202 exoplanet candidates from data collected with the Kepler spacecraft […]
January 10, 2011

Kepler-10b – The first unambiguous rocky exoplanet

It is done. The Kepler team finally announced the discovery of its first terrestrial exoplanet. A referred journal, accepted in the Astrophysical journal (here) by Natalie […]
December 1, 2010

Three months without a post…

It has been almost three months that I did not post anything on this blog. My last post written on September 9 was about the moving to […]