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A Proposal: An Ice-Tunneling Lander to Explore Extraterrestrial Sub-Surface Oceans

We have found compelling evidence for the existence of several sub-surface oceans in various places in our solar system. The most well-known of these bodies of liquid water is under the ice crust of Europa, a moon of Jupiter, with … Continue reading

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Pie Chart for Main-Belt Asteroid Masses

I looked up enough asteroid masses to use them to make this pie chart. I now have three reactions. First: oh, that’s why only Ceres is round! Second: who was stupid enough to name an asteroid Europa? That name is … Continue reading

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Oceans, Further from the Sun

Since earth’s oceans will be boiled away by the sun’s increasing luminosity, as I mentioned in my last post, we’ll eventually need to find other oceans elsewhere — or learn to do without water, which seems even less likely. The … Continue reading

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The Galilean Moons of Jupiter On a Rotating Dodecahedron

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