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WISE has found its first comet, P/2010 B2 (WISE)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/08 04:50 CST

Having discovered its first asteroid on January 12, Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has now officially discovered its first comet, P/2010 B2 (WISE).

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This blog now has comments!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/01 11:07 CST

Every once in a while I get an email from a reader expressing irritation with the fact that this blog doesn't permit comments. The reasons have always been technical/financial, not philosophical.

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Visitor from JAXA Stops at Planetary Society

Posted by Forest Purnell on 2010/01/29 10:07 CST | 1 comments

The Planetary Society regularly hosts interns and visiting scientists and engineers from world space agencies. Recently, we've had the pleasure of working with JAXA's Toshiaki Takemae.

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Countdown to the Budget...

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/01/28 10:12 CST

The world's space community -- and the public -- is awaiting the Obama Administration's new plan for human and robotic space flight. We expect the plan will be unveiled as part of the formal submission to Congress of the Administration's proposed budget for the Federal Government.

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2009: The Year in Pictures

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/31 09:15 CST

At last, I've posted my annual Year in Pictures feature. Go check it out!

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A Space Carnival and a radio show

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/24 08:50 CST

Wander on over to Cumbrian Sky to check out a special Christmas edition of the Carnival of Space!

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Celebrate exploration with Stephen Hawking and Buzz Aldrin!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/23 12:21 CST

The Planetary Society is hosting a luncheon on January 23, 2010 that will celebrate the achievements of two renowned heroes of space exploration, physicist Stephen Hawking and Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

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Class announcement: How to play with Mars Express VMC images

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/15 03:05 CST

Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I've been fiddling with images from the Mars Webcam, more officially known as the Mars Express Visual Monitoring Camera (VMC), for the last couple of weeks.

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Send Your Name to Venus, now with a certificate!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/09 01:46 CST

I wrote a few weeks ago about a new Send Your Name to Venus campaign conducted by the Akatsuki mission. Now The Planetary Society has arranged with JAXA to collect names and messages on our website.

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Carnival of Space and Planetary Radio

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/08 12:30 CST

This week's Carnival of Space may be found at Steve's Astro Corner.

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Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks on the 17th

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2009/11/16 02:16 CST

The Leonid meteor shower peaks on Tuesday, November 17. The Leonids are a highly variable shower, and as such are a bit of a gamble on what you'll see. Could be great, could be so-so.

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First space imaging class tomorrow, 10:30 a.m. Pacific / 18:30 UT

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/12 02:26 CST

The topic of the first class is: "Images Are Data." I'll go through how images actually represent scientific data, some very basic image processing stuff like histogram adjustment and what that does to the data, and what RGB color images are and how to compose them.

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Space Image Processing Classes are Go!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/06 04:14 CST

I got a huge response from readers interested in me conducting some online classes on space image data -- how to access and process it.

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Einstein still rules

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2009/10/29 02:34 CDT

News from 7.2 billion light years away demonstrates that some things in this shifting universe are relatively reliable.

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Request for input: Any interest in tutorials on space imaging?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/10/27 04:42 CDT

I am toying with the idea of running a series of classes via Ustream on the basics of space image processing.

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Last Chance for Bargains at The Planetary Society Store

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/10/22 02:44 CDT

We are preparing to have a brand new online store with new and different merchandise; to that end, we are clearing out EVERY LAST BIT of our old store inventory.

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Climb Aboard Apollo 11 Time Machine

Posted by Susan Lendroth on 2009/07/16 01:01 CDT

Grab your bell bottoms and Tang, and travel back to 1969 when Apollo 11's journey to the Moon captivated the world, and Neil Armstrong's and Buzz Aldrin's boot prints in the lunar dust transformed us into a multi-world species.

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Celebrate Apollo 11's 40th Anniversary with the Crew

Posted by Susan Lendroth on 2009/05/22 01:08 CDT

This summer, the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. will commemorate that extraordinary moment in history with a very special Apollo 11 celebration, featuring the mission's original crew members along with former Johnson Space Center Director Chris Kraft.

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Some events for the 5th anniversary of Spirit and Opportunity's landing on Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/14 05:49 CST

Tonight at the Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena, Jim Bell and Bill Nye will be celebrating the 5th anniversary of the landing of the rovers; Jim will be showing lots of pretty 3D pictures.

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I need help at AGU

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/12 12:45 CST

This is a call to anyone else who's planning to attend the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting, which will take place all next week in San Francisco.

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