Franck Marchis

December 21, 2012

End of world predictions: a wasted moment of our collective resources

It is amazing the amount of money and time wasted in 2012 on this “end of the world” prediction. We can blame ignorance of the people […]
December 14, 2012

China joined the interplanetary club by successfully imaging the asteroid Toutatis

This exceptional result was brought to my attention late on Friday evening, but it clearly deserves a short post on this blog. Chang’E 2, a chinese […]
December 4, 2012

AGU Fall Meeting – Internal Structure and Composition of Small Solar System Bodies

Third day of the 2012 AGU Fall Meeting tomorrow, Wednesday December 5, and I anticipate another busy day. Julie Castillo from Jet Propulsion Laboratory and myself […]
December 2, 2012

AGU Fall Meeting 2012 – Planetary Evolution and the Fate of Planetary Habitability

Tomorrow is the first day of the AGU Fall Meeting, in San Francisco, CA. I love this conference, not only because it is 30 min door-to-door […]
November 27, 2012

A Lecture at UC-Berkeley on Science and Ethical Dilemmas in the Blogosphere

On November 26 2012, I gave a lecture at a UC-Berkeley for the course “Ethics for Astronomers” led by Paul Kalas, Professor in this university and […]
October 22, 2012

New NASA Institute – The NASA-Armstrong Space Exploration Institute?

NASA made a request for input to name the new NASA Science and Exploration Institute.  You can propose your own name on this web site. I just […]
October 10, 2012

Summary of the First SpaceX Commercial Resupply Mission to ISS

A brief post to report on the successful (so far) mission of the first commercial resupply mission (CSR-1) led by SpaceX to the International Space Station.
September 14, 2012

No Detection of a Scar on Jupiter in the NIR

Some news about the Jupiter flash which was detected on September 10. I reported the absence of detection in the visible light from data collected by […]
September 11, 2012

Flash on Jupiter – most likely a meteor

As I mentioned in this blog, yesterday two amateur astronomers reported the detection of a flash on Jupiter yesterday on September 10. Since then, various teams […]