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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 47644
Are Kuiper Belt Objects asteroids? Are large Kuiper Belt Objects planets? (Intermediate) Jan 04 86852
Which part of the sky did the famous 'wow' signal originate from? (Intermediate) Nov 03 51756
Have astronomers discovered Earth's second moon? (Intermediate) Sep 03 125496
How far is each planet from Earth? (Intermediate) Aug 03 968740
If clocks run slow in a gravitational field, how can we know the true age of the Solar System and Universe? (Intermediate) Jun 03 53786
Since Earth is spinning, why do we land in the same place when we jump or fall? (Intermediate) Jun 03 226645
Do asteroids ever do anything good in the Solar System? (Beginner) Jun 03 54233
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 133932
How can I nominate myself for a Nobel Prize in Physics? (Beginner) Apr 03 42009
Can the Space Shuttle abort and return to Earth before reaching orbit? (Intermediate) Apr 03 43036
How do we detect incoming meteorites? (Intermediate) Mar 03 48770
!How do I make a scale model of the Solar System? (Intermediate) Mar 03 80177
What is the biggest crater recorded on Earth? (Beginner) Feb 03 69405
What's the biggest meteorite? (Beginner) Feb 03 63385
How does the parachute in a model rocket work? (Advanced) Feb 03 105575
How many meteorites hit Earth each year? (Intermediate) Feb 03 235489
Did I find a rock that came from the Moon? (Beginner) Feb 03 49148
Where did the name 'Earth' come from? (Beginner) Jan 03 321210
Why doesn't the ammonia and methane in Jupiter's atmosphere sink into the core? (Advanced) Jan 03 42773
Why is the Moon so bright? (Beginner) Jan 03 137247
What are some astronomy science fair projects? (Beginner) Dec 02 91344
How can water be chemically trapped in rocks? (Intermediate) Dec 02 58746
Who named the planets and who decides what to name them? (Beginner) Nov 02 305817
Can I buy a star? (Beginner) Nov 02 163902
Will the sun go supernova in six years and destroy Earth (as seen on Yahoo)? (Intermediate) Oct 02 162130
What are the different kinds of astronomers? (Intermediate) Sep 02 337512
Are meteorites hot or cold when they hit Earth? (Intermediate) Sep 02 114335
What's the object I saw that moved across the sky and then got very bright? (Beginner) Sep 02 94309
Are there telescopes that can see the flag and lunar rover on the Moon? (Beginner) Jun 02 303094
How do I become both an astronaut and an astronomer? (Intermediate) May 02 83795
Why does the SETI project search for radio signals? (Intermediate) Apr 02 60747
What color is Venus? (Beginner) Jan 02 351664
How do I build a model rocket? (Intermediate) Oct 01 334485
How are asteroid compositions and classifications determined? (Intermediate) Jul 01 63535
How can I tell if the rock I found is a meteorite? (Beginner) Mar 01 57401
Why aren't there any green stars? (Intermediate) Sep 00 111886
What would happen if an impact caused Earth to stop rotating? (Beginner) Aug 00 147059
How do I polar align my telescope? (Beginner) Jul 00 52781

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