Posts Tagged ‘Exogeology ROCKS!’

Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 12

Posted by Zoe on 29th November 2014 in Main Page

In this episode, we meet Dr. Dante Lauretta, Professor of Planetary Science at the University of Arizona and Principal Investigator for the OSIRIS-REx mission.

I’ve talked about the OSIRIS-REx mission before, and it’s one of the coolest things going on in exogeology: they’re going to send a spacecraft to an asteroid and bring back a piece. Wonder what it’s like to be in charge of all of that? Watch the video below to find out!

For more information, check out the OSIRIS-REx website, Xtronaut’s website, and the 321Science! videos.

Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 11

Posted by Zoe on 2nd July 2014 in Exogeology, Main Page

In this episode of Exogeology ROCKS! I get to answer a few viewer questions:
How are planets made?
Are there gemstones on other planets?
Where is the closest black hole?

Good questions! Here are my best answers.

Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 10

Posted by Zoe on 19th June 2013 in Exogeology, Main Page

In Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 10, we talk with Dr. Rosaly Lopes, a planetary scientist at JPL. She tells us all about volcanoes on Io, cryovolcanism on icy moons like Enceladus, and her travels to Earth volcanoes. I liked hearing about how you should do what you love, and how as a scientist, you always have to keep learning. Her story about catching a gigantic volcanic eruption on Io during the Galileo mission is really interesting. Watch it all here:

Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 9

Posted by Zoe on 11th June 2013 in Main Page

Last month, I went to the last couple days of Spacefest, where I got to hear lots of interesting people speak and even got to interview a couple of people. Today, we meet Emily Lakdawalla, the Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist for the Planetary Society. In this episode of Exogeology ROCKS!, we talk about where we should explore next in the solar system, landing on Titan, why communication is a useful skill, and much more. I liked hearing about how you have to be creative to be a geologist. Watch the episode below!

Episode 7 Bonus Track

Posted by Zoe on 30th May 2013 in Main Page

You’ve just met Dr. Britney Schmidt, an astrobiologist, in Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 7. Now, hear from her about plans for a spacecraft to go to Europa and what might be found there.

Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 8

Posted by Zoe on 24th May 2013 in Main Page

In Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 8, host Zoe Bentley meets SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory air quality program manager Kirk Stoddard. They discuss behind-the-scenes work at SLAC, the most powerful known greenhouse gas, and an unusual fossil creature. Plus, I like the hilarious story about ten minutes in!

Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 7

Posted by Zoe on 22nd May 2013 in Exogeology, Main Page

In Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 7, host Zoe Bentley meets astrobiologist Dr. Britney Schmidt, who talks to us about her travels in Antarctica, why ice is fascinating, and how all of that relates to Europa. Can life survive under an ice sheet? What funny things happened in Antarctica? Find out all of this in the latest episode of Exogeology ROCKS!

Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 6

Posted by Zoe on 17th October 2012 in Main Page

Woo-hoo! I’ve just finished the sixth installment in the Exogeology ROCKS! video series. The first five can be seen here.

In Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 6, we meet Dr. Cynthia Phillips, a planetary geologist for the SETI Institute. She tells us about some interesting worlds in our solar system including Europa, Io, and Mars, how to use images to study them, and much more. I particularly like her stories about her funniest and most exciting experiences as a planetary geologist.

Congratulations, Curiosity!

Posted by Zoe on 6th August 2012 in Exogeology, Main Page, Petra's Blog

Tonight, Curiosity reached its destination: Gale Crater, Mars.

Curiosity's first image taken from the surface of Mars. Woo-hoo! (Image credit: NASA)

Curiosity, also known as the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), traveled for about 352 million miles (567 million km) from a cleanroom at JPL on Earth to a place called Mount Sharp in Gale Crater on Mars. It’s hard to imagine traveling so far.

Curiosity's cleanroom, way back in 2010.

Mount Sharp, the area on Mars Curiosity will explore. (Image credit: NASA)

Tonight, August 5, Curiosity’s team worked through the “Seven Minutes of Terror” while everyone else, including myself, just hoped and wished for the best.

Can you even imagine how hard it would be to land a rover? Can you imagine just how nervous you’d be that all the work put into Curiosity would either have the chance to succeed amazingly or just fail terribly? I can’t, but that’s what Curiosity’s team must have felt.

Landing Curiosity had several stages. (Image credit: NASA)

Finally, can you imagine the relief and excitement as Curiosity landed safely on solid ground? I can, but not even half as much as Curiosity’s team, I’m sure.

I’m so, so glad Curiosity made the landing safely. Congratulations, Curiosity! You ROCK!

Speech on Why Exogeology ROCKS!

Posted by Zoe on 28th July 2012 in Main Page

You’ve heard that exogeology rocks, but just what is exogeology? Why does it rock?

I recently gave a speech on just that: Why Exogeology ROCKS!

Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 5

Posted by Zoe on 15th April 2012 in Main Page

I’m pleased to announce the fifth episode of Exogeology ROCKS! In this episode, we hear from Professor Geoff Marcy, Professor of Astrophysics at University of California, Berkeley. Professor Marcy tells us about the search for exoplanets—planets which orbit around other stars.

How are exoplanets found? Are there other Earth-like planets? Could there be aliens on them? Find out the answers to these questions and more in Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 5.

You can watch the previous four episodes here.

Zoe’s Geo Party! Game 1 Finale Round

Posted by Zoe on 5th December 2011 in Geo Party, Main Page

Watch the sixty-first clue of Zoe’s Geo Party!, a 61 clue long trivia game. Look for a new video clue every weekday! This is the last clue of the last category in the last round.

Today’s video is the final clue of this Zoe’s Geo Party! game! I call it: Finale Geo Party!

Finale Geo Party! is a little bit different from the previous Geo Party!, because there’s only one clue. You’ll see the correct response tomorrow. After Tuesday, Zoe’s Geo Party! will be taking a break. We’ll be back with another game in 2012.

Write your guess on the Exogeology ROCKS! Facebook page and enjoy the finale. Remember to phrase your response to each clue in the form of a question! While you’re there, be sure to become a fan of Fractured Fate on Facebook.

Click here to watch the previous episodes.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Zoe on 24th November 2011 in Main Page

Happy Thanksgiving from Exogeology ROCKS!

What am I thankful for?

I’m thankful for my family and friends of course. My family has always helped me reach my goals and been there for me, and so much more. I’m thankful for my friends, too, all for different reasons.

I’m also thankful for the people who discover more and more about the world, the solar system, and the universe. There’s so much to see and learn about everything, everywhere, and I’m thankful that I can keep learning about everything possible all the time.

That’s one reason why I started Exogeology ROCKS! and Zoe’s Geo Party!—so I can tell other people about things I learn about exogeology and everything else.

I’m also thankful for good food, well written fiction, and amazing places.

What are you thankful for?

-Zoë Bentley

Zoe’s Geo Party! Game 1 Round 2 Category 1 Clue 1

Posted by Zoe on 24th October 2011 in Geo Party, Main Page

Exogeology ROCKS! presents the thirty-first clue of Zoe’s Geo Party! , a 61 clue long trivia game. Look for a new video clue every weekday! This is the first clue of the first category in this round.

This week’s category was filmed in Milpitas, California, where I recently moved to and where I now live part time. Where do you live? I like hearing from people all over the world. Post your answer on the Exogeology ROCKS! Facebook page along with your response to the latest clue, and enjoy the category. Remember to phrase your response to each clue in the form of a question!


Watch Zoe’s family on The Today Show here and their reaction to the piece here. The filming of this Zoe’s Geo Party! category is featured throughout the segment, and Exogeology ROCKS! shows up at about 2:37. Today’s clue is the exact clue used on The Today Show, which was very exciting!

Want to know more about Zoe and her family? Check out these websites:

Do Life Right blog by Lisa Bentley
Do Life Right publishing company by Lisa Bentley
Wright on Time Books by Lisa Bentley
Teagan’s Creations by Teagan Bentley
And, of course, look around on Exogeology ROCKS!

End of Round 1

Posted by Zoe on 22nd October 2011 in Main Page

Yesterday, the first round of Zoe’s Geo Party! ended. Thirty clues have been revealed so far—which one was your favorite? Which category was the best? How can the next round be made even better? I appreciate all feedback.

The last six categories have gotten a lot of responses. Remember, to respond to a clue, comment on my Exogeology ROCKS! Facebook page. All the correct responses have been revealed except the one to the most recent clue, but you can still go back and watch past clues.

Round 2 will premiere on Monday, October 24th.

For now, I’m Zoe Bentley and Exogeology ROCKS!

MESSENGER Orbits Mercury

Posted by Petra on 18th March 2011 in Exogeology, Petra's Blog

MESSENGER was inserted into orbit around Mercury yesterday, March 17th. Launched on August 13th, 2004, MESSENGER has been in interplanetary flight for over six and a half years! I bet that after this long waiting, the MESSENGER team is thrilled to finally be in orbit. As for me, I think visiting Mercury ROCKS!

MESSENGER is a NASA Mercury orbiter. It’s name is an acronym for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging. One of its goals is to learn about the topography of Mercury’s surface, and another is to find out the composition of its atmosphere.

On its way to Mercury, MESSENGER has had one Earth flyby, two Venus flybys, and three Mercury flybys. In one of these Mercury flybys, volcanism on the surface and water in the exosphere were discovered. Also on the way to Mercury, MESSENGER took this ROCKIN’ “family portrait” of our Solar System:

There’s a lot about Mercury we’ve found because of MESSENGER. For example, could you imagine seeing a whole side of a planet which you’ve never seen before? MESSENGER gave us just that in this picture:

The instruments on board will be turned on and checked on the 23rd of March, and on the 4th of April the mission’s primary science phase begins. I look forward to seeing what new discoveries are made about our amazing innermost planet!

Exogeology ROCKS!

-Petra Stone

Trick-or-Treat, Here’s a Treat For You!

Posted by Zoe on 31st October 2010 in Exogeology, Main Page
Zoë and Mark Kelly

Zoë Bentley and astronaut Mark Kelly

Happy Halloween! Guess what’s finally finished? Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 4. It’s been a long time in the works, but I’ve completed the fourth episode of my Exogeology ROCKS! series. Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 4 features an interview with Captain Mark Kelly, mission commander of STS-134, the last scheduled space shuttle mission. For the first time ever, I’ve uploaded the full episode of Exogeology ROCKS! in one piece.

Watch Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 4 here.

Check out the other episodes here, they ROCK!

Have a ROCKIN’ Halloween!

Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 3

Posted by Zoe on 20th September 2010 in Main Page

Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 3 is now complete. Woo hoo! That’s three episodes of my Exogeology ROCKS! series done. Episode 3 features an interview with Pan Conrad, a NASA astrobiologist at JPL.

You can watch Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 3 on YouTube. It’s in two parts, so make sure to watch both part one and part two. Episode 3 will soon be up on Exogeology ROCKS! in the Meet Real Exogeologists section.

If you haven’t seen the first two yet, you can watch them here on my website, as well as a bonus track for Episode 1.

New NASA Blog Post (Trip to JPL)

Posted by Zoe on 8th September 2010 in Main Page

Yay! My second article is on the NASA website! You can read it here on the JPL website and here on the NASA website. In the article I wrote about my great experience visiting  NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

I recently posted on Exogeology ROCKS! about my first article for NASA, How I Became Interested in Exogeology.

Blogging for NASA really ROCKS!

Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 2

Posted by Zoe on 5th August 2010 in Main Page

Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 2 is finally finished! This is the second episode of my Exogeology ROCKS! series. In Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 2, I interview Joy Crisp, a planetary scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. It sure ROCKED going to JPL and meeting a real exogeologist!

You can see Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 2 here on my website, in the Exogeology ROCKS! Episodes/ Meet Real Exogeologists section.

Parts one and two also on YouTube. You can see part one here and part two here.

Don’t forget to watch Exogeology ROCKS! Episode 1 and its bonus track!

Keep checking up on Exogeology ROCKS! and be on the lookout for Episode 3. I’m Zoë Bentley and Exogeology ROCKS!