January 2021 • Issue 163

Featured Story

On February 18, 2021, the most ambitious mission to Mars yet will land on Mars: the aptly named Perseverance rover. Perseverance will trek through ancient lake beds and river channels in Jezero Crater to search for signs of past microbial life on Mars preserved in the rocks. Along the way, the rover will collect samples […]  (read more…)

From the Desk of Lori Glaze

It’s hard to believe that we have now been living in a “COVID world” for almost a whole year, but just like the turnover of any year, I have taken some time to reflect on the challenges we faced in 2020 and highlights for the coming year. At the beginning of the pandemic I wrote […]  (read more…)

New and Noteworthy

Springer, 2020, 217 pp., Hardcover. $49.99. The Mars Curiosity Rover is the most sophisticated mobile laboratory ever deployed on a planet. For over seven years, scores of investigators have planned its daily route and activities, poring over the overwhelming images and data and revising our understanding of planetary surfaces, geology, and potential habitability. This […]   (read more…)
Springer, 2019, 258 pp., Paperback. $29.99. This fascinating book provides an accessible and up-to-date overview of modern cosmology. In particular, the book discusses the formation of the Cosmic Microwave Background and the evolution of large-scale structures in the universe, the distribution of galaxies and clusters of galaxies on very large distance scales. Following a […]   (read more…)