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Nick Schneider: Notes on an earthquake

Nick Schneider • March 16, 2011

I was heading south to Tokyo with Seiko and Ishi, two students from the conference. We were planning a dinner together, maybe catching the nighttime skyline from the top of Tokyo Tower. I dozed off as the train flew silently through the countryside. Next thing I knew, Seiko was shaking me awake saying "Earthquake! Earthquake."

The curse of living on a geologically active planet

Emily Lakdawalla • March 14, 2011

As the disaster of the magnitude 8.9 Sendai quake of Friday, March 11, at 05:46:23 UTC continues to unfold in Japan, I have been unable to tear my attention away.

The Solar System from the Inside Out - and the Outside In

Emily Lakdawalla • February 18, 2011

Space probes grant us perspective, the ability to see our place within the vastness of the solar system. But opportunities to see all of the solar system's planets in one observation are rare. In fact, there's only been one opportunity on one mission to see the whole solar system at once, until now.

Door 29 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 29, 2010

Time to open the twenty-ninth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this fractured flowing ice?

Door 26 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 26, 2010

Time to open the twenty-sixth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this rayed crater?

Lunar eclipse tonight, mid-eclipse at 08:17 Dec 21 UT

Emily Lakdawalla • December 20, 2010

Unless you live under a rock you probably know that there is a total lunar eclipse tonight, one that should be particularly favorable for viewing from North America but which will be at least partially visible to viewers in South America, Europe, and easternmost Asia and Australia too.

Door 19 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 19, 2010

Time to open the nineteenth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system are these folded rocks?

Door 7 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 07, 2010

Time to open the seventh door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this icy bridge?

Best "Arsenic and Odd Life" coverage

Emily Lakdawalla • December 03, 2010

Last night I asked via Twitter for recommendations for articles that did the best job explaining the significance of the work, by people who actually read the relevant paper in Science.

Arsenic and Deep Space?

Bill Nye • December 02, 2010

If you or I ingest arsenic, well...it doesn't go so well. If you are, on the other hand, a certain species of bacterium from Mono Lake, California, ingesting this seemingly toxic metal is simple enough.

I can't wait for MAHLI to land on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • November 16, 2010

JPL has just released some test images from the camera that has just been installed on the end of the Curiosity rover's robotic arm.

Five amazing engineering camera videos from Chang'E 2

Emily Lakdawalla • November 14, 2010

I couldn't believe these videos when I first saw them: five views from engineering cameras of important events in the Chang'E 2 spacecraft's journey to the Moon.

Field trip to Piton

Rosaly Lopes • October 07, 2010

Rosaly Lopes relates her time at a workshop in Piton.

First view of Piton volcano, Reunion Island

Rosaly Lopes • October 03, 2010

There are about 60 volcanologists here at the meeting and we are wondering if the volcano is going to erupt and, if it does, what we will be able to see.

Expedition to Piton volcano, Reunion Island

Rosaly Lopes • October 02, 2010

It so happens that there is a Calderas Workshop going on the same week as DPS and I was invited to talk about planetary calderas. I chose several on Venus, Mars and Io to focus on.

MESSENGER: A snapshot of home

Emily Lakdawalla • August 17, 2010

MESSENGER is in a unique position in the solar system, orbiting the Sun well within the orbit of Venus. From there, it can gaze outward from the Sun to search for tiny objects that may possibly be traveling in the same region, called vulcanoids.

Molar Tooth Texture

Ryan Anderson • August 12, 2010

Ok, so remember the weird rock I showed in my Galcier Park geology post?

The Geology of Glacier National Park: Part 1

Ryan Anderson • August 08, 2010

Well, the field trip is over and I am happy to say that I was not eaten by any bears. They seemed much more interested in the huckleberries.

Big Sky Country

Ryan Anderson • July 31, 2010

Well folks, I'm headed off to Big Sky Country tomorrow (aka Montana)! I'll start the week at the MSL camera team meeting, where I will get all sorts of cool news about the MastCam, MAHLI and MARDI cameras which I will not be able to share with you.

Saturn's hexagon is not unique

Emily Lakdawalla • June 29, 2010

It turns out that Saturn's not the only place that displays geometrical shapes in its atmosphere. Earth does too.

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