Franck Marchis

January 13, 2013

Siding Spring Observatory is being threatened by a bush fire.

This is definitely not the kind of news that astronomers like reading about… The Siding Spring Observatory in New South Wales, Australia, is currently threatened by […]
January 10, 2013

Live-Tweets of Jim Green Presentation at OPAG

A few days ago, I received in my email the following message from the Division for Planetary Sciences. Community Urged To Hear NASA’s Jim Green Presentation […]
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.