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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 38593
Are Kuiper Belt Objects asteroids? Are large Kuiper Belt Objects planets? (Intermediate) Jan 04 71646
Which part of the sky did the famous 'wow' signal originate from? (Intermediate) Nov 03 43630
Have astronomers discovered Earth's second moon? (Intermediate) Sep 03 111102
How far is each planet from Earth? (Intermediate) Aug 03 766739
If clocks run slow in a gravitational field, how can we know the true age of the Solar System and Universe? (Intermediate) Jun 03 42424
Since Earth is spinning, why do we land in the same place when we jump or fall? (Intermediate) Jun 03 158369
Do asteroids ever do anything good in the Solar System? (Beginner) Jun 03 42258
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 117011
How can I nominate myself for a Nobel Prize in Physics? (Beginner) Apr 03 34227
Can the Space Shuttle abort and return to Earth before reaching orbit? (Intermediate) Apr 03 34709
How do we detect incoming meteorites? (Intermediate) Mar 03 36342
!How do I make a scale model of the Solar System? (Intermediate) Mar 03 63285
What is the biggest crater recorded on Earth? (Beginner) Feb 03 60069
What's the biggest meteorite? (Beginner) Feb 03 56135
How does the parachute in a model rocket work? (Advanced) Feb 03 88193
How many meteorites hit Earth each year? (Intermediate) Feb 03 189932
Did I find a rock that came from the Moon? (Beginner) Feb 03 39834
Where did the name 'Earth' come from? (Beginner) Jan 03 238780
Why doesn't the ammonia and methane in Jupiter's atmosphere sink into the core? (Advanced) Jan 03 32876
Why is the Moon so bright? (Beginner) Jan 03 120816
What are some astronomy science fair projects? (Beginner) Dec 02 76654
How can water be chemically trapped in rocks? (Intermediate) Dec 02 45776
Who named the planets and who decides what to name them? (Beginner) Nov 02 256964
Can I buy a star? (Beginner) Nov 02 148124
Will the sun go supernova in six years and destroy Earth (as seen on Yahoo)? (Intermediate) Oct 02 146842
What are the different kinds of astronomers? (Intermediate) Sep 02 317469
Are meteorites hot or cold when they hit Earth? (Intermediate) Sep 02 92067
What's the object I saw that moved across the sky and then got very bright? (Beginner) Sep 02 64999
Are there telescopes that can see the flag and lunar rover on the Moon? (Beginner) Jun 02 208635
How do I become both an astronaut and an astronomer? (Intermediate) May 02 67640
Why does the SETI project search for radio signals? (Intermediate) Apr 02 49634
What color is Venus? (Beginner) Jan 02 327370
How do I build a model rocket? (Intermediate) Oct 01 321756
How are asteroid compositions and classifications determined? (Intermediate) Jul 01 48785
How can I tell if the rock I found is a meteorite? (Beginner) Mar 01 47644
Why aren't there any green stars? (Intermediate) Sep 00 100287
What would happen if an impact caused Earth to stop rotating? (Beginner) Aug 00 133409
How do I polar align my telescope? (Beginner) Jul 00 43837

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