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Lockheed Martin Launches Innovate the Future Challenge

Posted by Karl Sanchack on 2012/08/23 01:31 CDT

The aerospace giant wants your great ideas that may help create a better future. Winners will receive cash prizes totaling up to $50,000, but you must submit your concept by September 30! Here are more details from the company's Acting Director of Innovation.

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Curiosity's landing site named for Ray Bradbury

Posted by Jim Bell on 2012/08/22 04:32 CDT | 1 comment

Ray Bradbury explored Mars, and the future of humanity, through words and ideas--vehicles of the imagination. He was a visionary author and, through his writings and lectures, was a direct or indirect mentor to so many of us involved with designing, building, and operating the actual space vehicles of today. I think it is so fitting, then, that the MSL team has memorialized Ray's contributions to the exploration of the planets -- and especially Mars -- by naming Curiosity's landing site in his honor.

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Something New! Uwingu

Posted by Alan Stern on 2012/08/21 04:29 CDT | 2 comments

A start-up company creating products that will fund space exploration, research, and education.

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Cosmoquest Astronomy Hour, Wednesday: What's up with Curiosity on Mars, with guest: me!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/08/15 05:00 CDT | 11 comments

I'm hosting this week's Cosmoquest Astronomy Hour, and rather than having a special guest I'll be speaking myself about what's going on with Curiosity, and will leave lots of time to answer people's questions. Join me at 1600 PDT / 2300 UTC at cosmoquest.org/hangouts.

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Where I will be watching Curiosity's landing

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/08/05 09:03 CDT | 1 comment

People have been asking how to tune in to the landing. Here's some information on how (and from where) I'll be watching tonight's events.

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Press briefing schedule for Curiosity (assuming a nominal landing)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/07/30 07:53 CDT | 4 comments

JPL has published a schedule for press briefings in the first week of Curiosity's mission on Mars.

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Celebrate Curiosity with a “Party on Mars!” Saturday night!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/07/30 08:16 CDT | 1 comment

Join me and Bill Nye to blow off some steam on Saturday night as we anticipate Curiosity’s landing! In the spirit of such nerdtacular gatherings as W00tstock and LeetUp, we’re having a big party at the Paseo Colorado here in Pasadena to celebrate Curiosity!

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Watch the recording of my Google+ Science Hour with guest Dan Durda

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/06/07 01:55 CDT | 1 comment

On June 6 I hosted the Cosmoquest Weekly Science Hour. My guest was Dan Durda of the Southwest Research Institute. We talked asteroids, impact mitigation, searches for Vulcanoids, and suborbital experiments, and then he took us through how he creates his digital space art.

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Speak out for Planetary Exploration

Posted by David Paige on 2012/06/04 03:46 CDT

On June 9, UCLA faculty and students will join institutions across the country in voicing their support for continued funding of NASA's planetary science program through the National Planetary Science Bake Sale and Car Wash. If you aren’t able to make it to an event, be sure to make your voice heard by contacting your local representatives.

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Congratulations to SpaceX

Posted by Bill Nye on 2012/05/24 07:57 CDT | 1 comment

On May 22, the Space-X Falcon rocket with its cargo capsule on top launched from Cape Canaveral and reached orbit ready to dock with the International Space Station. So far everything is going perfectly. It’s a huge step. Congratulations to Space-X, Elon Musk and his team.

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Space Hangout with Britney Schmidt

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/05/09 02:06 CDT | 3 comments

Watch a conversation I had with planetary astronomer Britney Schmidt about Europa and the current state of outer planets exploration! Also, bonus video of an earlier hangout with Robbie Herrick.

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Some redesign notes & big thanks for your patience

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/05/01 03:03 CDT | 4 comments

An update primarily to reassure readers that yes, we will have A. J. S. Rayl's MER updates back; the May 1 one will be a bit delayed but is coming soon.

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Test Your Planetary Knowledge and Learn More

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2012/04/16 06:30 CDT | 3 comments

If you want to test your planetary knowledge, or just have a masochistic love of tests, I’ve posted the midterm I’ve given to my students in my online Introductory Astronomy and Planetary Science class at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Ready for the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/03/19 01:25 CDT

A post the night before the 2012 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

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Guest Post: Ray Sanders: Make an Impact with Yuri's Night 2012!

Posted by Ray Sanders on 2012/03/12 06:59 CDT

Yuri's Night events combine space-themed partying with education and outreach.

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You Can Hear Neil Tyson Testify

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2012/03/06 10:24 CST

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist extraordinaire and Planetary Society Board Member, will be testifying to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation tomorrow, March 7.

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LeetUp Reconnaissance Report

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/03/06 02:08 CST

A recap of the "carnival of nerdly delights" that is LeetUp.

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Guest Post: Tyler Nordgren: Mars Above, Mars Below

Posted by Tyler Nordgren on 2012/03/02 06:55 CST

With Mars at opposition once again, astronomers around the world will soon be looking up for our best telescopic views of the Red Planet. But next weekend, I and a group of scientists will be turning our gaze downward for views of that alien planet.

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Bruce Betts' Free Online Intro To Astronomy Course

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2012/01/31 08:35 CST

Bruce Betts will be returning to the virtual classroom at California State University, Dominguez Hills for an Intro To Astronomy course. The first lecture will be Wednesday, February 8, from 3:00 to 4:30pm Pacific Time.

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Off to France! DPS-EPSC 2011 (a big planetary meeting)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/09/30 11:40 CDT

I'm leaving shortly for Nantes, France to attend the 2011 joint meeting of the Division of Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society and the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC). You may be saying, wait, why is the American Astronomical Society having a meeting in France?

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