Next-gen Suborbital Missions: a talk and a Conference
Published 2/25/2012 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
Join us on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 7:00pm at the Colloquium room of the SETI Institute to hear a talk by Andrew Nelson, Chief Operating Officer of XCOR. Title: The Trillion Dollar Space Enterprise --> Or How The Lynx Suborbital Vehicle Will Change The World by Andrew Nelson, Chief Operating Officer of XCOR Abstract: Fully resuable spacecraft are the critical enabler for regular, low cost and safe access to space, and such access will enable space utilization in ways we've only dreamed about in the past. Much as the early ARPANET laid the foundation... read more ❯

Back from the European snow - Darwin day celebration at Stanford
Published 2/4/2010 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
Hello, I am back from a long trip in Europe where I visited my collaborators at the IMCCE and at the Observatoire de Paris-Meudon. I took a few days of vacations in the northern part of Moravia to enjoy the snow, see my inlaws and my family and teach skiing to my kids. I am back since Monday night, and obviouly I am completely jet-lagged. So the post today will be short and most informative for the people living in the Bay Area You may remember that on one of my first post, I mentioned the remarkable work of Charles Darwin and how... read more ❯

How will be Earth if it has rings? tomorrow at the NASA-GRC!
Published 11/29/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
How will be our planet if it has a ring? I found this interesting video on the web that I wanted to share with you. Surprisingly I wrote this 7 days ago and apparently forgot to publish it. Find below the video. Interesting isn't it? I think it is amazing that people are now able to create such animation. They are extremely useful to help us explaining in a classroom what is the Roche limit, and how does the effect of the tilt of the planet act on the season. On a completely irrelevant topic, I have some great news! I am going... read more ❯

Live talk today: Implications of the Law of Accelerating Returns for the Search for ETI
Published 7/2/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
Today, the SETI Institute will host Ray Kurzweil, the director of the singularity University. He will discuss the implications of the Law of Accelerating Returns for the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. The talk can be seen in live on the web and will start at 1pm PDT (July 2). Here the abstract: The law of accelerating returns (which states that the key measures of information technology progress at an exponential not linear rate) has important implications for our interpretation of the Drake formula and the likelihood of finding ETI's in our light sphere. Ray Kurzweil will present this special lecture for the... read more ❯

Students are back... Binary Asteroid projects
Published 3/11/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
Dear readers, I realized that I did not post anything on my blog for a week. What was going on? Well I got caught in one we called a never-ending deadline series. Last week, I started my UC-Berkeley week giving a lecture-class for undergraduate and graduate students on Tuesday. Then my student Brent came back from his road trip in the US and we started working together on his new project. Brent is finalizing the large table containing the characteristics of 165 reported multiple  Asteroid systems. I want to make this work available through our PHP server at UC-Berkeley. It is almost done... read more ❯

Videos of talks
Published 2/27/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
A post about videos of talk today...  Last week, I mentioned that I gave a talk at SETI Institute, my host institution on my research about my research in the field of multiple asteroid systems. The talk was recorded and it can be seen on line on the SETI website or directly here. You can subscribe to the lecture video channel (and know when a new video is available) via iTunes or RSS.  With my colleagues at UC-Berkeley, we are organizing a monthly colloquium series under the auspice of the Year of Astronomy 2009. On January 17, Geoff Marcy gave a talk... read more ❯

The Phoenix mission on Mars
Published 2/21/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
Hello, Yesterday at UC-Berkeley, I attended a talk given by Peter Smith, PI of the the Phoenix mission. Peter gave us an overview of the mission, its concept and a few information about the scientific results. A serie of articles will be most likely published soon in a special issue of Science, so i will not go through the scientific results in  details in this post. To summarize them and to impress people during your next dinner, you should know that the mission allows the detection of water ice in the soil, shows the absence of sulfate on the surface but... read more ❯