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Emily Lakdawalla

Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist

blog@planetary.org
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Emily Lakdawalla is a passionate advocate for the exploration of all of the worlds of our solar system. Through blogs, photos, videos, podcasts, print articles, Twitter, and any other medium she can put her hand to, Emily shares the adventure of space exploration with the world.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in geology from Amherst College and a Master of Science degree in planetary geology from Brown University. She came to The Planetary Society in 2001 to oversee a portion of the Society's Red Rover Goes to Mars project, an education and public outreach program on the Mars Exploration Rover mission funded by LEGO. She has been writing and editing the Planetary Society Blog since 2005, reporting on space news, explaining planetary science, and sharing beautiful space photos. She appears weekly on the Society's Planetary Radio podcast, answering listener questions or rounding up the latest space news from the blog.

Emily has been an Administrator of the forum UnmannedSpaceflight.com since 2005, supporting a worldwide community of amateur space image processors. She is also a contributing editor to Sky & Telescope magazine.

She is now writing her first book, tentatively titled Curiosity on Mars: Design, Planning, and the First Mars Year of Operations, due out from Springer-Praxis in 2015. The book will explain the development, design, mission, and science of Curiosity with the same level of technical detail that she delivers in the Planetary Society Blog.

Emily can be reached at blog@planetary.org or @elakdawalla on Twitter.

Latest Planetary Radio Appearance

Planetary Radio Live at the USA Science and Engineering Festival with Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs

04/29/2014 | 52:29
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Join us at the world’s biggest public science event in Washington DC, where we talk about dirty jobs in space with television’s terrific Mike Rowe.

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Latest Blog Posts

China to launch test mission for Chang'e 5 program today

Posted 2014/10/23 09:54 CDT | 1 comment

China is launching to the Moon today! (Weather permitting.) The spacecraft will have a brief, 8-day mission, out to the Moon and back. It is an engineering test for the technology that the future Chang'e 5 sample return mission will need to return its precious samples to Earth.

Status update: All Mars missions fine after Siding Spring flyby

Posted 2014/10/20 12:07 CDT | 1 comment

All seven Mars spacecraft are doing perfectly fine after comet Siding Spring's close encounter with Mars.

Watching Siding Spring's encounter with Mars

Posted 2014/10/17 04:11 CDT | 5 comments

The nucleus of comet Siding Spring passes close by Mars on Sunday, October 19, at 18:27 UTC. Here are links to webcasts and websites that should have updates throughout the encounter.

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Latest Processed Space Images

The Confidence Hills work area at the edge of Pahrump Hills outcrop, Curiosity sol 777

The Confidence Hills work area at the edge of Pahrump Hills outcrop, Curiosity sol 777

Posted 2014/10/17 | 0 comments

Curiosity took this Navcam panorama of her Confidence Hills work area on sol 777, after completing most of her work there. The two drill holes are at upper left, below the robotic arm turret. The turret is positioned where it was when a fault stopped arm activities on sol 775, with the MAHLI camera pointed toward the drill hole. Near the bottom center is the dump pile, where Curiosity deposited the portion of the Confidence Hills drill tailings that did not pass through the 150-micrometer sieve in the sample handling mechanism. Most of this panorama was taken on sol 777 (October 13), but the images of Mount Sharp were taken on sol 758 (September 23).

The Base of Mount Sharp, Curiosity sol 752

The Base of Mount Sharp, Curiosity sol 752

Posted 2014/09/29 | 0 comments

Curiosity paused on a rise in order to look ahead at Pahrump Hills, the rock unit interpreted to be the lowest accessible layer of Mount Sharp. Mount Sharp looms beyond the black sand dune field in the distance.

Fascinating geomorphology at Upheaval Dome, Curiosity sol 751

Fascinating geomorphology at Upheaval Dome, Curiosity sol 751

Posted 2014/09/29 | 0 comments

A tall outcrop of rock contains crossbeds, fine- and coarse-grained sedimentary rocks, and unusual small structures.

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