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Working Together - Scientists & Historians, Professionals & Amateurs

Fran Bagenal • September 18, 2013

From October 6 to 11, two divisions of the American Astronomical Society - Planetary Science and History - are meeting together for a combined annual conference. There will be several opportunities for the public to participate: a free public talk, several webcast lectures, a special online event for the Juno flyby of Earth, and a pro-am workshop on how amateur astronomers can contribute to planetary science.

Go LADEE!

Mat Kaplan • September 10, 2013

Listen to or watch the recording of our live celebration for LADEE as the spacecraft blasted off for the moon.

Watch LADEE Launch to the Moon with The Planetary Society

Mat Kaplan • September 06, 2013

Starting at 7:30pm PDT/10:30pm EDT, we will webcast a special event around the launch of NASA's next lunar spacecraft. Watch our special coverage with lunar scientists and live video from the launch site, as well as NASA TV footage of the launch itself.

Want to learn how to process space images? Take my Cosmoquest Academy class!

Emily Lakdawalla • August 09, 2013

The Planetary Society and Cosmoquest have teamed up to offer a short course in space image processing, and I'll be teaching! The course comprises four one-hour sessions from October 14 to 23.

"Water on Mars" in Sky & Telescope

Emily Lakdawalla • August 08, 2013

A shameless plug for my article on "Water on Mars," the cover story in the September issue of Sky & Telescope.

One Year on Mars: My Favorite Moments from Planetfest 2012

Casey Dreier • August 06, 2013

It seems like it was just yesterday that 2000 people gathered in the Pasadena Convention Center to celebrate Curiosity's landing on Mars. All of Planetfest 2012 is online for your enjoyment.

Pluto on the Eve of New Horizons: Webcast tonight

Emily Lakdawalla • July 23, 2013

I'm off for the airport to fly to the East Coast to participate in the scientific conference "The Pluto System on the Eve of Exploration by New Horizons."

Return of the Pale Blue Dot

Mat Kaplan • July 18, 2013

You can be part of a planetwide group photo as Cassini and MESSENGER turn their cameras Earthward on July 19.

Planetary Radio: Don't Step in That Puddle!

Mat Kaplan • July 01, 2013

The Planetary Science Institute's Amanda Hendrix is the guest for our July 1 episode. She finds water in the least likely places, including Luna.

Programming Note: Off for 3 weeks, June 23 to July 14

Emily Lakdawalla • June 23, 2013

Hi folks, just a note to let you all know I am off for a 3-week vacation.

Welcome to new staff

Emily Lakdawalla • June 20, 2013

Just a quick post to announce that The Planetary Society's staff is expanding! I am so excited to be able to say that.

Astronomy Enters a New Era

Mat Kaplan • May 26, 2013

A live conversation about just a few of the powerful new instruments that will revolutionize our knowledge of the cosmos once again.

Speaking engagements next week: Spacefest V and Society for Astronomical Sciences symposium

Emily Lakdawalla • May 17, 2013

Next week I'm traveling to speak at two events. Registration is still open for both, so I hope some of you can come. I also have some commentary on women being invited to speak at public events.

Planetary Society Weekly Hangout (Special Time): MESSENGER at Mercury with Larry Nittler, Fri May 3 5pm PDT / midnight UTC

Emily Lakdawalla • May 02, 2013

Note the special time! In this week's Planetary Society hangout at 5pm PDT / midnight UTC, I'll talk with MESSENGER deputy principal investigator Larry Nittler about what MESSENGER has accomplished in its prime and extended missions at Mercury, and what it stands to do if awarded a mission extension.

Curiosity on Mars - Design, Planning, and the First Mars Year of Operations

Emily Lakdawalla • April 26, 2013

Last month, I formally entered a new phase of my career: I signed my first book contract. I'll be writing a book about the Curiosity mission through its prime mission, for Springer-Praxis.

Mars One astronaut selection announcement

Emily Lakdawalla • April 21, 2013

Today I am on my way to New York City, where I will be serving as the moderator for Mars One's first press briefing.

Help Wanted: Web Editor Intern

Emily Lakdawalla • April 16, 2013

The Planetary Society is looking for a bright, motivated person with superb attentiveness to detail who wants hands-on web editing experience.

Covering the European Geosciences Conference in Vienna

Casey Dreier • April 04, 2013

Live in Vienna? Attending EGU? I'll be covering the conference next week for the Society.

April 12, 2013: Yuri’s Night Rocks the Planet!!!

Danielle Hannah • April 04, 2013

On April 12, 2013, the world’s biggest space party will take place across the globe. So far there are 190 parties in 32 countries on 6 continents registered and counting!!

Planetary Society Weekly Hangout: Reports from the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

Emily Lakdawalla • March 28, 2013

On Thursday at noon PDT / 1900 UTC I'll report on some of my favorite findings from LPSC, and answer your questions about the latest planetary science.

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