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The role of press releases in space news coverage

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/08/11 12:05 CDT

I was not trained as a journalist, so before I started working for the Planetary Society I had no understanding of how much news reporters depend upon press releases to generate story ideas. Did you know that most of the news that you read on the Web or in a newspaper or hear on the radio probably originated as a press release or an arranged press event from somewhere?

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On speculation in today's Dawn press briefing

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/08/02 07:10 CDT

When a spacecraft has visited a new body for the first time, the usual answer to any scientific question is "it's too early to know; we need to study the data more." Scientists are usually very careful to avoid speculation while they're on press panels. But today's press briefing wasn't like that at all.

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This year's Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award recipient is...me!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/05/19 11:56 CDT

I was driving home from the Mars Science Laboratory site selection workshop yesterday when I got a thrilling call informing me that I've been awarded the 2011 Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award.

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The 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/03/07 11:16 CST

Science is all about asking questions, coming up with ideas that might explain the answers, and then poking at those ideas to see if they work. Scientists spend much of their time in solitary research working out those ideas. But they also devote big chunks of time to meetings where they pitch their ideas and see what their peers think of them.

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Bill Nye Connects with Space People at IAC

Posted by Susan Lendroth on 2010/09/30 12:23 CDT

The 61st International Astronautical Congress (IAC)is being held in Prague in the Czech Republic, and Bill Nye is attending on behalf of the Planetary Society.

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Across the Generations

Posted by 5thstar on 2009/06/26 05:39 CDT

A group of Japanese astronauts and astronaut applicants, all members of a mailing list called "Astronaut2008," got together in Tokyo.

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I am totally hooked on Scott Maxwell's new Mars Exploration Rover blog

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/06 11:57 CST

Scott Maxwell is one of those many guys (and gals) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory who rarely gets his name in the news but who is absolutely indispensable to the success of a space mission. I don't know what his official title is, but whatever it is, it's not as good as the colloquial name given to his position: Rover Driver.

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Europlanet : CoRoT - Preliminary Results

Posted by Doug Ellison on 2007/08/20 03:48 CDT

ESA's planet-hunting satellite COROT bagged its first exoplanet in observations of the star COROT-Exo-1.

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An evening with Dava Sobel

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/10/24 11:05 CDT

I've just come home from Caltech, where I saw author Dava Sobel give a presentation on her latest book, The Planets.

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