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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 66481
Are Kuiper Belt Objects asteroids? Are large Kuiper Belt Objects planets? (Intermediate) Jan 04 113897
Which part of the sky did the famous 'wow' signal originate from? (Intermediate) Nov 03 69895
Have astronomers discovered Earth's second moon? (Intermediate) Sep 03 153461
How far is each planet from Earth? (Intermediate) Aug 03 1199962
If clocks run slow in a gravitational field, how can we know the true age of the Solar System and Universe? (Intermediate) Jun 03 84443
Since Earth is spinning, why do we land in the same place when we jump or fall? (Intermediate) Jun 03 292753
Do asteroids ever do anything good in the Solar System? (Beginner) Jun 03 80639
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 165119
How can I nominate myself for a Nobel Prize in Physics? (Beginner) Apr 03 57619
Can the Space Shuttle abort and return to Earth before reaching orbit? (Intermediate) Apr 03 62186
How do we detect incoming meteorites? (Intermediate) Mar 03 73950
!How do I make a scale model of the Solar System? (Intermediate) Mar 03 114917
What is the biggest crater recorded on Earth? (Beginner) Feb 03 91833
What's the biggest meteorite? (Beginner) Feb 03 79698
How does the parachute in a model rocket work? (Advanced) Feb 03 137830
How many meteorites hit Earth each year? (Intermediate) Feb 03 297483
Did I find a rock that came from the Moon? (Beginner) Feb 03 69768
Where did the name 'Earth' come from? (Beginner) Jan 03 368335
Why doesn't the ammonia and methane in Jupiter's atmosphere sink into the core? (Advanced) Jan 03 60723
Why is the Moon so bright? (Beginner) Jan 03 166931
What are some astronomy science fair projects? (Beginner) Dec 02 115572
How can water be chemically trapped in rocks? (Intermediate) Dec 02 87551
Who named the planets and who decides what to name them? (Beginner) Nov 02 382226
Can I buy a star? (Beginner) Nov 02 189464
Will the sun go supernova in six years and destroy Earth (as seen on Yahoo)? (Intermediate) Oct 02 190593
What are the different kinds of astronomers? (Intermediate) Sep 02 368638
Are meteorites hot or cold when they hit Earth? (Intermediate) Sep 02 159893
What's the object I saw that moved across the sky and then got very bright? (Beginner) Sep 02 142608
Are there telescopes that can see the flag and lunar rover on the Moon? (Beginner) Jun 02 588164
How do I become both an astronaut and an astronomer? (Intermediate) May 02 115926
Why does the SETI project search for radio signals? (Intermediate) Apr 02 86031
What color is Venus? (Beginner) Jan 02 384365
How do I build a model rocket? (Intermediate) Oct 01 361856
How are asteroid compositions and classifications determined? (Intermediate) Jul 01 91777
How can I tell if the rock I found is a meteorite? (Beginner) Mar 01 77583
Why aren't there any green stars? (Intermediate) Sep 00 135988
What would happen if an impact caused Earth to stop rotating? (Beginner) Aug 00 176246
How do I polar align my telescope? (Beginner) Jul 00 70831

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