Marty Scott

Marty Scott is the astronomy instructor at Walla Walla University, and also builds telescopes and works with computer simulations. He can be reached at marty.scott@wallawalla.edu.

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Mars rover reaches convergence of sandstone formations

The Mars rover Curiosity has been on its journey to Mount Sharp for several months, but for the past few weeks it has had the “pedal to the metal” to reach its next stop — a waypoint called Kimberley.

Total lunar eclipse coming up around tax day

The first total eclipse of the moon visible in North America since 2011 will occur April 14.

Mars rover rolls in wheel-saving reverse toward objective

One of the main objectives of the Curiosity mission to Mars is to study the lower reaches of Mount Sharp. The exposed geology here could add supporting evidence to the discoveries made at Yellowknife Bay last March.

If you think winter's long, try it on Mars

The Earth has four seasons—spring, summer, fall, and winter. Do other planets in the solar system have seasons? Before answering that question, let’s review what causes the Earth’s seasons.

Mars probe of rocks yields no trace of organics — yet

While at Yellowknife Bay, Curiosity collected a drilled rock sample that was later age-dated by using its science instruments in two different ways.

Mars to appear much bigger, brighter in spring

This spring will bring us the best view of Mars in seven years.

Curiosity crunches geological data to date Mars

The surface of Mars has a rich geological record, and the Curiosity rover is reading that record by sampling the rocks and soils at different locations along its route to Mount Sharp.

January is Venus’s month to shine for Earthlings

During December when you looked to the southwest at sunset, you saw a bright star about 20 to 30 degrees above the horizon. It wasn’t really a star, but the planet Venus.

Sun’s forces render comet ISON to dust and rubble

The “comet of the century” died before its time.

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Curiosity’s been busy on trek to Mars mountain

The past several weeks have been a busy time for the Mars rover Curiosity. Events included stops at two waypoints on the way to Mount Sharp, the longest one-day drive of its journey so far and the discovery of the apparent absence of methane in the Martian atmosphere.

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