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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 43612
Are Kuiper Belt Objects asteroids? Are large Kuiper Belt Objects planets? (Intermediate) Jan 04 79579
Which part of the sky did the famous 'wow' signal originate from? (Intermediate) Nov 03 47821
Have astronomers discovered Earth's second moon? (Intermediate) Sep 03 118190
How far is each planet from Earth? (Intermediate) Aug 03 870264
If clocks run slow in a gravitational field, how can we know the true age of the Solar System and Universe? (Intermediate) Jun 03 47857
Since Earth is spinning, why do we land in the same place when we jump or fall? (Intermediate) Jun 03 193939
Do asteroids ever do anything good in the Solar System? (Beginner) Jun 03 48702
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 125605
How can I nominate myself for a Nobel Prize in Physics? (Beginner) Apr 03 38546
Can the Space Shuttle abort and return to Earth before reaching orbit? (Intermediate) Apr 03 39054
How do we detect incoming meteorites? (Intermediate) Mar 03 42553
!How do I make a scale model of the Solar System? (Intermediate) Mar 03 72323
What is the biggest crater recorded on Earth? (Beginner) Feb 03 65271
What's the biggest meteorite? (Beginner) Feb 03 60045
How does the parachute in a model rocket work? (Advanced) Feb 03 96054
How many meteorites hit Earth each year? (Intermediate) Feb 03 213531
Did I find a rock that came from the Moon? (Beginner) Feb 03 44873
Where did the name 'Earth' come from? (Beginner) Jan 03 285316
Why doesn't the ammonia and methane in Jupiter's atmosphere sink into the core? (Advanced) Jan 03 37957
Why is the Moon so bright? (Beginner) Jan 03 129882
What are some astronomy science fair projects? (Beginner) Dec 02 84202
How can water be chemically trapped in rocks? (Intermediate) Dec 02 52454
Who named the planets and who decides what to name them? (Beginner) Nov 02 279517
Can I buy a star? (Beginner) Nov 02 155908
Will the sun go supernova in six years and destroy Earth (as seen on Yahoo)? (Intermediate) Oct 02 155019
What are the different kinds of astronomers? (Intermediate) Sep 02 327432
Are meteorites hot or cold when they hit Earth? (Intermediate) Sep 02 104103
What's the object I saw that moved across the sky and then got very bright? (Beginner) Sep 02 77234
Are there telescopes that can see the flag and lunar rover on the Moon? (Beginner) Jun 02 257110
How do I become both an astronaut and an astronomer? (Intermediate) May 02 75981
Why does the SETI project search for radio signals? (Intermediate) Apr 02 55289
What color is Venus? (Beginner) Jan 02 339519
How do I build a model rocket? (Intermediate) Oct 01 327771
How are asteroid compositions and classifications determined? (Intermediate) Jul 01 55883
How can I tell if the rock I found is a meteorite? (Beginner) Mar 01 52573
Why aren't there any green stars? (Intermediate) Sep 00 105969
What would happen if an impact caused Earth to stop rotating? (Beginner) Aug 00 140572
How do I polar align my telescope? (Beginner) Jul 00 48595

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