MarsFest 2017: Understanding how Death Valley National Park is a lot like Mars

Death Valley National Park is a lot like Mars was three billion years ago. Death Valley is the hottest place on Earth and the driest place in North America, with less than two inches of rain a year on average.
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News and Announcements

  Moonlet of Saturn, Pan
Everyone has been talking about this new image from Cassini showing a close up of the Saturn moonlet Pan – stunning!
  New class of metal-organic compounds found in meteorites
  SETI Institute is Hiring - Administrative Assistant
The SETI Institute is currently looking for an Administrative Assistant.
  Meteors radiating from the constellation of the Little Dipper Dec. 22, 2016
CAMS video cameras recorded an rare outburst of meteors radiating from the constellation the Small Dipper late in the night of December 22, 2016.
  NASA’s New Horizons, IAU Set Pluto Naming Themes
NASA’s New Horizons and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) have announced naming themes for surface features on Pluto and its moons.
  Feb. 15 Webinar - Characterization of Mars Analogs from Speaker Dr. Janice Bishop SETI Institute
Join us on February 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM MST for this complimentary webinar. Dr. Janice Bishop will give a live speech.
  Tuesday Feb. 14, Seth Shostak and Eugene Mirman Get Real About Climate Change
On this week’s episode of StarTalk All-Stars, veteran host Seth Shostak and co-host Eugene Mirman invite guest Ken Caldeira, climate scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science, for a serious discussion about climate change.
  The University of the Underground is open for application
SETI Institute's Designer of Experiences Nelly Ben Hayoun, is now up to a new challenge. She is opening a university in the undergrounds of cities.
  The Kepler-K2 Team Wins the National Space Society’s 2017 Space Pioneer Award for Science and Engineering
Are these some new cosmic phenomenon, an odd habit of nature that we never knew? Or could they be the deliberate wails of societies howling from the farthest corners of space?
  What’s Causing Those Mysterious ‘Bursts’ From Deep Space?
Are these some new cosmic phenomenon, an odd habit of nature that we never knew? Or could they be the deliberate wails of societies howling from the farthest corners of space?

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