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Lynn Carter

Lynn uses radar astronomy to study the planets, especially Venus. She got her PhD in Astronomy from Cornell in Summer 2004 and is now working at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. on the Mars Express radar.

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How did Mars get so dusty? (Beginner) Feb 04 46938
Are Kuiper Belt Objects asteroids? Are large Kuiper Belt Objects planets? (Intermediate) Jan 04 85287
Which part of the sky did the famous 'wow' signal originate from? (Intermediate) Nov 03 50947
Have astronomers discovered Earth's second moon? (Intermediate) Sep 03 123985
How far is each planet from Earth? (Intermediate) Aug 03 947203
If clocks run slow in a gravitational field, how can we know the true age of the Solar System and Universe? (Intermediate) Jun 03 52525
Since Earth is spinning, why do we land in the same place when we jump or fall? (Intermediate) Jun 03 220427
Do asteroids ever do anything good in the Solar System? (Beginner) Jun 03 53101
If Mars is only about 35-60 million miles away at close approach, why does it take 6-8 months to get there? (Intermediate) May 03 132386
How can I nominate myself for a Nobel Prize in Physics? (Beginner) Apr 03 41304
Can the Space Shuttle abort and return to Earth before reaching orbit? (Intermediate) Apr 03 42240
How do we detect incoming meteorites? (Intermediate) Mar 03 47447
!How do I make a scale model of the Solar System? (Intermediate) Mar 03 78427
What is the biggest crater recorded on Earth? (Beginner) Feb 03 68623
What's the biggest meteorite? (Beginner) Feb 03 62751
How does the parachute in a model rocket work? (Advanced) Feb 03 103386
How many meteorites hit Earth each year? (Intermediate) Feb 03 231148
Did I find a rock that came from the Moon? (Beginner) Feb 03 48245
Where did the name 'Earth' come from? (Beginner) Jan 03 316934
Why doesn't the ammonia and methane in Jupiter's atmosphere sink into the core? (Advanced) Jan 03 41805
Why is the Moon so bright? (Beginner) Jan 03 135699
What are some astronomy science fair projects? (Beginner) Dec 02 89487
How can water be chemically trapped in rocks? (Intermediate) Dec 02 57414
Who named the planets and who decides what to name them? (Beginner) Nov 02 300601
Can I buy a star? (Beginner) Nov 02 162467
Will the sun go supernova in six years and destroy Earth (as seen on Yahoo)? (Intermediate) Oct 02 160688
What are the different kinds of astronomers? (Intermediate) Sep 02 335198
Are meteorites hot or cold when they hit Earth? (Intermediate) Sep 02 112061
What's the object I saw that moved across the sky and then got very bright? (Beginner) Sep 02 91005
Are there telescopes that can see the flag and lunar rover on the Moon? (Beginner) Jun 02 290866
How do I become both an astronaut and an astronomer? (Intermediate) May 02 82281
Why does the SETI project search for radio signals? (Intermediate) Apr 02 59529
What color is Venus? (Beginner) Jan 02 349418
How do I build a model rocket? (Intermediate) Oct 01 333186
How are asteroid compositions and classifications determined? (Intermediate) Jul 01 61651
How can I tell if the rock I found is a meteorite? (Beginner) Mar 01 56382
Why aren't there any green stars? (Intermediate) Sep 00 110655
What would happen if an impact caused Earth to stop rotating? (Beginner) Aug 00 145745
How do I polar align my telescope? (Beginner) Jul 00 52066

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