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Contents and Select Excerpts
Vol. 36 No. 1
Winter 2007

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Page Article
12 The Deep Plunge Sunward, Bruce Dorminey
Mercury is relatively close to Earth, yet this tiny world's location near Sol makes direct study challenging. Beginning next year, a MESSENGER from Earth should begin to answer some of our questions about the innermost planet.
20 Searching for Earth's History Among Earth-like Worlds, Lisa Kaltenegger
Understanding our planet's developmental history provides astronomers with a novel means to study terrestrial-type exoplanets.
26 Pluto By Any Definition…
Here, two noted astronomers share their opinions on the issue.
Who Defines a Planet? by David A. Weintraub and The "Pluto" Question by Brian Marsden

31 The Future for the American Astronomical Society, Kevin Marvel
As the nation's membership organization for professional astronomers, the American Astronomical Society has grown and developed over the years into a body that protects and advances the science while looking outward toward education, new ideas, and new constituents.
Departments
4 Editorial, James C. White II
Grrrrr.
5 Armchair Astrophysics, Christopher Wanjek
To Boldly Go…

6 Planetary Perspectives, Daniel D. Durda
Planetary Science on the Radar Screen
7 Echoes of the Past, Katherine Bracher
Beyond the Milky Way
8 Astronomer's Notebook, Jennifer Birriel
A Wind from the Galactic Center?
9 Annals of Astronomy, Clifford J. Cunningham
Galileo vs. Kepler: Two Minds on Tides
10 Societal Impact , Connie Walker
Go for the Gold (Star) with Family ASTRO
37 Works of Note
38 Sky Events, Richard Talcott

42 Society Scope
46 Last Word
Mercury Turns Thirty-Five Years Old