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    Quickies: MARS!, Mars?, passwords, and ferrets

    Welcome to March 2021! While we’re all… still… processing… March 2020. NPR’s Lulu Garcia Navarro has been collecting stories of “The Moment” when folks realized everything had changed. Perseverance took video of ITS OWN LANDING. Oh, and Space Twitter quickly figured out that the asymmetric parachute had a hidden message. The bizarre pattern was actually useful, so that the orientation…

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    Quickies: Ally work for Non-Natives, sugar in space rocks, and silly trucks…

    Good morning, all! It’s a holiday weekend in the US, and I’m drowning under a pile of end-of-semester grading for which I have no one to blame but myself. So it’ll be a short one… In the US? Eyeing those Thanksgiving leftovers? If you’re non-Native, it’s not too late to do one (or more) of these 6 things that every…

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    Spacelink, the Sky, and Colonialist Attitudes

    Rebecca already posted an excellent video critique of Elon Musk’s Starlink concept, but as Skepchick’s resident astronomer, I thought I’d expand upon it a bit. You all might know that I’m a radio astronomer, but I have at least a little bit of experience with visual observing as well. As an astronomy professor at a small college, I also run…

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