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Profile: Lyman Spitzer and the Space Telescope

The idea of launching a telescope into orbit was first suggested in 1923, but the idea wasn't realized until nearly 70 years later. Along the way, there were several obstacles and setbacks.

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Profile: Fritz Zwicky's Extraordinary Vision

Astronomer Fritz Zwicky was the first person to conceive of supernovas, neutron stars, dark matter, and gravitational lenses. So why don't more people know his name?

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Forecasting Earthquakes Using Paleoseismology

Don't let the "paleo" in "paleoseismology" fool you. In the world of earthquakes, "ancient" translates to "before the 20th century"—before instruments were used to record earthquakes.

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Looking For Life In Antarctica

If you want an idea of the conditions on Mars, journey to Antarctica. Take a close look at the work of an astrobiologist studying Antarctica's valleys, the "most Mars-like places on Earth."

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Mapping Hot Springs on the Deep Ocean Floor

At the bottom of the ocean, how do scientists find their way around? This marine geologist's work includes helping to create accurate, high-resolution maps of the sea floor.

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Mapping Mt. Rainier

Beneath the glacier-clad summit of Mt. Rainier lies an active volcano, which has more than once produced enough molten rock to bury an area the size of Tacoma and Seattle combined almost 10 feet under.

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Zircon Chronology: Dating the Oldest Material on Earth

The mineral zircon serves as a tiny time capsule, recording geologic events—it's especially useful because the oldest discovered grains (4.2 billion to 4.3 billion years old) are not much younger than the Earth itself.

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