All posts by Curtiss Thompson

As an undergraduate student in political science and journalism, Curtiss is interested in leveraging new media as a vehicle to influence public policy. Due to his clout on sites such as Digg and reddit, he landed a position at AOL’s social news site Subsequently, he was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal for their feature story, The Wizards of Buzz, recognized as one of the 20 most influential people in social media. In 2011, he was a major proponent of the SETI Stars initiative to bring the Allen Telescope Array out of hibernation. Contributing to the grassroots social media campaign #DecideToListen, he helped raise $200,000 to fund the SETI project. Recognizing the transformative power of scientific endeavours on society, Curtiss is firmly committed to seeing NASA funded to a level commensurate with the tremendous economic, technological and inspirational value it confers.
Image credit: NASA / Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado

MAVEN Spacecraft Returns First Images Of Mars

NASA’s latest Mars mission made its first observations of the upper atmosphere of the Mars just hours after entering orbit around the Red Planet. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft, or MAVEN, captured these false-color images of Mars in three ultraviolet wavelengths using its Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph instrument eight hours after orbital insertion. MAVEN […]
Artist concept of MAVEN arriving at Mars. Image Credit: NASA

NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft Arrives At Mars

UPDATE: NASA has confirmed that the MAVEN spacecraft has completed its engine burn to enter orbit around Mars. NASA’s latest Mars mission will arrive at the Red Planet this Sunday after traveling 442 million miles during its 10-month journey. The spacecraft will study Mars from orbit in the hopes of answering the question: If Mars […]