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Emily Lakdawalla

Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist

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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 Rover: Design, Planning, and Field Geology on Mars, due out from Springer-Praxis in 2017. 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 Blog Posts

OSIRIS-REx shipped to Florida for September launch

Posted 2016/05/23 07:53 CDT | 0 comment

OSIRIS-REx's long journey to an asteroid has begun. The spacecraft departed Colorado on Friday, May 20, travelling aboard an Air Force C-17 to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at Kennedy Space Center.

Akatsuki begins a productive science mission at Venus

Posted 2016/05/19 06:02 CDT | 3 comments

Japan's Akatsuki Venus orbiter is well into its science mission, and has already produced surprising science results. The mission, originally planned to last two years, could last as many as five, monitoring Venus' atmosphere over the long term.

A feast of new OSIRIS photos from comet 67P

Posted 2016/05/11 04:19 CDT | 2 comments

Last week, the Rosetta mission released a large quantity of science data to the worldwide public, including photos from the mission's close observation phase and the Philae landing.

What's up in the solar system, May 2016 edition: Good news in cruise for Juno and ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter

Posted 2016/05/03 11:17 CDT | 4 comments

May 2016 will be yet another month of fairly routine operations across the solar system -- if you can ever use the word "routine" to describe autonomous robots exploring other planets. ExoMars' cruise to Mars has started smoothly, and Juno is only two months away from Jupiter orbit insertion. Earthlings will witness a Mercury transit of the Sun on May 9.

The phases of the far side of the Moon

Posted 2016/04/28 10:50 CDT | 4 comments

Serbian artist Ivica Stošić used Clementine and Kaguya data to give a glimpse of the phases of the lunar farside.

Quick Curiosity update, sol 1320: "Lubango," the 10th drill site on Mars

Posted 2016/04/25 11:15 CDT | 0 comment

Curiosity has drilled into Mars for the 10th time at a site named Lubango, on sol 1320 (April 23, 2016). Lubango is in a bright-toned halo around a crack in the Stimson sandstone unit on the western edge of the Naukluft Plateau.

NASA Space Apps Challenge: Women hacking space image data

Posted 2016/04/22 12:19 CDT | 2 comments

Today I'm participating in a program called the International @SpaceApps Women in Data Bootcamp. I'm presenting a brief talk highlighting the way that my personal discovery of NASA's image data archives shaped my path into public communication about science, and briefly showcasing three other women who do amazing work with public image data.

Moonset over Mars

Posted 2016/04/21 10:23 CDT | 1 comment

Enjoy this serene image of a moonset on another world, captured by Curiosity's Mastcam in April 2014 and processed here by Justin Cowart.

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Latest Processed Space Images

Philae descending

Philae descending

Posted 2016/05/11 | 0 comments

A mosaic of two OSIRIS photos taken at 14:40 and 14:45 on November 12, 2014, shows the tiny Philae lander (a speck near the bottom of the photo) descending toward comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko (top). Philae's first landing happened at 16:03.

Rotating comet 67P (aligned on background stars)

Rotating comet 67P (aligned on background stars)

Posted 2016/05/11 | 0 comments

An animation of Rosetta OSIRIS Wide-Angle Camera images of comet 67P taken on November 22, 2014, over a period of about 12 hours. This version of the animation has been aligned on the background stars.

Eleven Curiosity drill holes on Mars

Eleven Curiosity drill holes on Mars

Posted 2016/05/06 | 0 comments

As of May 2016, Curiosity has drilled and sampled at eleven locations on Mars. They are (left to right and top to bottom): John Klein, drilled on sol 182; Cumberland, on sol 279; Windjana, on sol 621; Confidence Hills, on sol 759, Mojave, on sol 882; Telegraph Peak, on sol 908; Buckskin, on sol 1060; Big Sky, on sol 1119; Greenhorn, on sol 1137; Lubango, on sol 1320; and Okoruso, sol 1332. All of these images were taken with the MAHLI camera on the end of the arm from a distance of about 5 centimeters. The drill holes are 1.6 centimeters wide.

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