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(Vatican Radio) The Mars science rover Curiosity landed on the Martian surface Monday morning - shortly after 0530 GMT - to begin a two-year mission seeking evidence the Red Planet once hosted ingredients for life. Mission controllers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California received signals relayed by a Martian orbiter confirming that the rover had survived a make-or-break descent and landing attempt to touch down as planned inside a vast impact crater.

Monday, 06 August 2012 00:00
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News: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vatican-observatory-head-praises-curiosity-rover-landing/

Vatican City, Aug 6, 2012 / 01:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).

Vatican Observatory director Fr. José Gabriel Funes thinks that “everybody” should be happy with the successful landing of the Mars science rover Curiosity.

Fr. Funes said he liked the rover’s name because curiosity is “a driving force to do science, to do research.”

Monday, 06 August 2012 00:00
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Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 07/11/2012
Published in : Washington Post
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 12:03
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Guy Consolmagno is an American planetary researcher and a Jesuit priest. He's the curator of one of the world's great collections of meteorites, at the Vatican Observatory. He gets a lot of questions about how he can be both a priest and a scientist. Luckily, he has a sense of humor about it -- witness a recent appearance on the Colbert Report -- and believes science and religion can work together.

Thursday, 09 February 2012 13:40
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Brother Guy Consolmagno — a staff astronomer and the curator of meteorites at the Vatican Observatory — travels about 100,000 miles each year, splitting his time between Tucson, Ariz., and Rome. The planetary scientist also gives 40 to 50 talks annually at universities, schools and parishes around the world.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 14:55
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Asteroids, Stars, and the Love of God.

Four Jesuits in history have had astreroids named after them. Our guests are the two living astronomers with that distinction. They share their observations of life, faith, friendship, and the universe from their seats in the Vatican Observatory.

Thursday, 01 April 2010 14:59
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For the Church, talking about life on other planets is not an every day occurrence. But that was the theme at a weeklong meeting that gathered scientists and theologians in the Vatican.

The purpose of the meeting centered around astrobiology and the possibility that life exists elsewhere in the universe.

Thursday, 12 November 2009 11:03
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On Wednesday afternoon, September 16th, Benedict XVI inaugurated the new premises of the Specola Vaticana, the Vatican Observatory.

Thursday, 17 September 2009 13:55
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Date: Tuesday 30 April 2002, 8.00-8.40pm
Place: Geoff Watts meets scientists who work for the Catholic Church. BBC-Radio4
Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/science/vaticanscientists.shtml

Tuesday, 30 April 2002 14:29
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