Now Back to Earth

Arsenic: Poison and Building Block for Life?

The press conference announced last week by NASA promised to reveal details about “an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life.”

The news, that researchers conducting tests in the harsh environment of Mono Lake in  California had, according to NASA , “discovered the first known microorganism on Earth able to thrive and reproduce using the toxic chemical arsenic,” was indeed intriguing.

A Close Encounter with Mars

Submitted on Monday, 9/13/2010, at 8:19 PM

The Lonely Planets

imageGeorge Greenstein,the Sidney Dillon Professor of Astronomy

Interview by Peter Rooney

Amherst College’s Wilder Observatory and Bassett Planetarium to Unveil Two Mural-Sized Images of the Spiral Galaxy Messier 101 Feb. 15

February 5, 2009     
Contact: Steve Sauter
Director of the Bassett Planetarium
413/542-5054


AMHERST, Mass.—Witness a special event on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. at Amherst College’s Wilder Observatory on Snell Street in Amherst when two new mural-sized images taken by NASA’s Great Observatories—the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory—will be unveiled to the public.