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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 since 2005, supporting a worldwide community of amateur space image processors. She is also a contributing editor to Sky & Telescope magazine. Emily can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, and wherever else she finds people who are equally passionate about space images.

Emily can be reached at or @elakdawalla on Twitter.

Latest Planetary Radio Appearance

Emily Lakdawalla At Her Favorite Conference While Alan Stern Stirs Up the Solar System

03/25/2014 | 28:50

Emily shares highlights from last week’s Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, and Alan Stern provides updates on the Rosetta comet mission and his New Horizons probe that is nearing Pluto, and addresses the controversy around Uwingu’s Name a Martian Crater project.

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Latest Blog Posts

Pretty picture: Sunset over Gale crater

Posted 2014/04/14 10:38 CDT | 5 comments

Imagine yourself on a windswept landscape of rocks and red dust with mountains all around you. The temperature -- never warm on this planet -- suddenly plunges, as the small Sun sets behind the western range of mountains.

Curiosity update: Initial reconnaissance of the Kimberley, sols 585-595

Posted 2014/04/11 12:08 CDT | 3 comments

Curiosity has been busy performing a survey of the Kimberley, walking the length of the outcrop and taking enormous quantities of photos. The team is now ready to go in for a closer look, and maybe even to drill.

Help name the last phase of the Cassini mission!

Posted 2014/04/10 06:31 CDT | 11 comments

The scientists on the Cassini team are incredibly excited about the final, "proximal orbit" phase of the mission. But they want a punchier name for it, and they're asking the public for help.

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Latest Processed Space Images

Asteroid 2005 YU55

Asteroid 2005 YU55

Posted 2014/04/14 | 0 comments

This 28-frame movie of asteroid 2005 YU55 was generated from data obtained by NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar on Nov. 7, 2011.

3D route map for Curiosity: Detail view of the Kimberley, sols 568-595

3D route map for Curiosity: Detail view of the Kimberley, sols 568-595

Posted 2014/04/11 | 0 comments

A 3D view of the interesting topography of the Kimberley outcrop. The route map is based upon Phil Stooke's maps.

Mount Remarkable, the Kimberley, Mars (Curiosity sol 590)

Mount Remarkable, the Kimberley, Mars (Curiosity sol 590)

Posted 2014/04/09 | 0 comments

On sol 590, Curiosity paused to take an enormously detailed Mastcam-100 panorama of the Kimberley. This is a tiny detail, focused on Mount Remarkable, the southernmost of the three buttes defining Kimberley's corners. Several different varieties of layered sandstones underlie the butte.

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