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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 37260
Are Kuiper Belt Objects asteroids? Are large Kuiper Belt Objects planets? (Intermediate) Jan 04 69814
Which part of the sky did the famous 'wow' signal originate from? (Intermediate) Nov 03 42427
Have astronomers discovered Earth's second moon? (Intermediate) Sep 03 109241
How far is each planet from Earth? (Intermediate) Aug 03 747564
If clocks run slow in a gravitational field, how can we know the true age of the Solar System and Universe? (Intermediate) Jun 03 40943
Since Earth is spinning, why do we land in the same place when we jump or fall? (Intermediate) Jun 03 151107
Do asteroids ever do anything good in the Solar System? (Beginner) Jun 03 40729
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 115304
How can I nominate myself for a Nobel Prize in Physics? (Beginner) Apr 03 32955
Can the Space Shuttle abort and return to Earth before reaching orbit? (Intermediate) Apr 03 33594
How do we detect incoming meteorites? (Intermediate) Mar 03 34915
!How do I make a scale model of the Solar System? (Intermediate) Mar 03 61374
What is the biggest crater recorded on Earth? (Beginner) Feb 03 58755
What's the biggest meteorite? (Beginner) Feb 03 55033
How does the parachute in a model rocket work? (Advanced) Feb 03 86671
How many meteorites hit Earth each year? (Intermediate) Feb 03 184945
Did I find a rock that came from the Moon? (Beginner) Feb 03 38490
Where did the name 'Earth' come from? (Beginner) Jan 03 234679
Why doesn't the ammonia and methane in Jupiter's atmosphere sink into the core? (Advanced) Jan 03 31601
Why is the Moon so bright? (Beginner) Jan 03 118363
What are some astronomy science fair projects? (Beginner) Dec 02 75354
How can water be chemically trapped in rocks? (Intermediate) Dec 02 44112
Who named the planets and who decides what to name them? (Beginner) Nov 02 252141
Can I buy a star? (Beginner) Nov 02 146271
Will the sun go supernova in six years and destroy Earth (as seen on Yahoo)? (Intermediate) Oct 02 144801
What are the different kinds of astronomers? (Intermediate) Sep 02 315494
Are meteorites hot or cold when they hit Earth? (Intermediate) Sep 02 89192
What's the object I saw that moved across the sky and then got very bright? (Beginner) Sep 02 61290
Are there telescopes that can see the flag and lunar rover on the Moon? (Beginner) Jun 02 197141
How do I become both an astronaut and an astronomer? (Intermediate) May 02 65651
Why does the SETI project search for radio signals? (Intermediate) Apr 02 48320
What color is Venus? (Beginner) Jan 02 324809
How do I build a model rocket? (Intermediate) Oct 01 320428
How are asteroid compositions and classifications determined? (Intermediate) Jul 01 46948
How can I tell if the rock I found is a meteorite? (Beginner) Mar 01 46312
Why aren't there any green stars? (Intermediate) Sep 00 98949
What would happen if an impact caused Earth to stop rotating? (Beginner) Aug 00 131355
How do I polar align my telescope? (Beginner) Jul 00 42563

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