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Weekly Space Hangout – January 24, 2014: LEGO Mars Rover & Supernova!

In case you missed it, here is the video of this week’s “Weekly Space Hangout” hosted by my pal, Fraser Cain. Lots of great space news, fun discussions, and some special guest appearances.

App Review: “Earth or Not Earth”

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The folks at Cosmoquest have released a cool new citizen science app for Android! “Earth or Not Earth” allows players to test their knowledge of Earth, as well as learn more about the fascinating geology of the rocky worlds in our solar system. You can also challenge your friends on Facebook to beat your scores, thanks to the Facebook integration feature.

“Earth or Not Earth” was developed by Southern Illinois University graduate student and Cosmoquest developer Joseph Moore. Moore designed “Earth or Not Earth,” and included two additional game features: “Matching” and “Pick 2.”

The images used in “Earth or Not Earth” are public domain, and are sourced primarily from NASA planetary science missions, with more images to be added to the app in the future.

The app does cost $1.99 USD, and the Proceeds from “Earth or Not Earth” help fund the programmers at Cosmoquest, as well as citizen science programs, educational programs, and future mobile apps.

Check out my full review of “Earth or Not Earth” at Universe Today!

http://www.universetoday.com/107379/app-review-earth-or-not-earth/

Book Review: ‘Five Billion Years of Solitude’ by Lee Billings

“Five Billion Years of Solitude” By Lee Billings

“Five Billion Years of Solitude” By Lee Billings

Over the past few years, the field of astrobiology has made great strides. With missions such as Kepler making exoplanet discoveries commonplace, the question no longer is “Are other planets out there?” but “When will we find a true twin of Earth?”

A new book, “Five Billion Years of Solitude,” takes the reader from the earliest efforts of astrobiology, along with information on how life took hold on Earth, to how we can use that information to help understand how life may flourish on other worlds – all while giving us a glimpse inside the minds of some of the field’s most notable scientists.

Check out my full review of “Five Billion Years of Solitude” by Lee Billings at Universe Today: http://www.universetoday.com/105344/book-review-five-billion-years-of-solitude-by-lee-billings/

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