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Students Design Human Asteroid Mission in Caltech Space Challenge

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2011/09/19 11:55 CDT

I spent much of the past week attending the Caltech Space Challenge, a student-organized international competition to design a human mission to a Near-Earth asteroid. It was a great week, and one of the most positive, upbeat and hopeful programs I have participated in concerning the future of space exploration.

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Guest Post: Ray Sanders: What's Up in the Night Sky This Fall?

Posted by Ray Sanders on 2011/09/13 04:14 CDT

The summer heat is starting to cool off and the swarms of mosquitoes are nearly survivable without heavy artillery. For some backyard astronomers, fall offers cool nights and comfortable weather to enjoy the stars by.

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Here we go again: GRAIL set to launch today

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/09/10 07:02 CDT

GRAIL is trying for launch today at 8:29 PDT / 12:29 UT or 9:08 PDT / 6:08 UT., and here I am at 5:00 am my time ready to watch. As before, I'm watching the feed through Spaceflight Now's GRAIL mission status center.

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GRAIL update: Next launch attempt planned for Saturday

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/09/08 10:57 CDT

Just a brief update: SpaceflightNow reports no attempt will be made to launch GRAIL tomorrow. The next launch opportunity is Saturday.

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How to watch the GRAIL launch on Thursday

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/09/06 01:23 CDT

The twin spacecraft of the GRAIL lunar gravity mission are set to launch side-by-side on a Delta II rocket on Thursday, September 8. Here's all the places where you can find information about the upcoming launch.

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Fun for the whole family: Watch an enormous rocket blast a spacecraft to Jupiter!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/08/04 01:19 CDT

Do you have kids at home for the summer? Treat them to a spectacular fireworks show by tuning in tomorrow morning to watch Juno blast off to Jupiter!

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URGENT: Call Appropriations Committee members to support Pu-238 production

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/06/14 02:21 CDT

I just got the following email from the American Geophysical Union (AGU), requesting anyone whose Congressperson sits on the Appropriations Committee to place a phone call to support the production of Plutonium-238, the isotope of plutonium that powers spacecraft that cannot run on solar power.

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We did it -- Shuttle LIFE launches!

Posted by Bill Nye on 2011/05/16 09:39 CDT

Today at 8:56 a.m. EDT, Space Shuttle Endeavour launched on its final mission, and we are part of this historic moment!

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Happy Earth Day!

Posted by Bill Nye on 2011/04/22 02:30 CDT | 1 comment

The Earth is important, and sometimes we need a reminder as to just how fragile it is.

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Please join us to send off Lou Friedman in style!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/04/15 04:25 CDT

We're going to celebrate Lou Friedman's 30 years of service to the Planetary Society by mercilessly making fun of him at a gala "Roast and Toast" event in downtown Los Angeles on April 30. (We will probably say some very nice things about him too.)

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The Future of Women in Chemistry and Science

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/02/28 04:10 CST

Are you concerned about the future of women in science? Well, you should be, since the women working in science today and tomorrow will help shape the world you live in.

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Stardust Contest: "Are We There Yet?"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/02/01 09:44 CST

There's a new Planetary Society contest: "Are We There Yet? -- Measuring Stardust's Cosmic Journey." How far do you think Stardust will have traveled to get to Tempel 1? Guess here and get a chance to win a cool T-shirt!

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Discovery Launch Scrubbed, Again

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2010/11/05 02:54 CDT

The launch has been scrubbed once again due to a critical hydrogen leak detected once fueling had been underway for a while.

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Days of Downs and Ups

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2010/11/04 10:47 CDT

Discovery has suffered an electrical problem related to one of the main engines. Thanks to delays related to that, and to weather concerns, the launch was scrubbed until Friday at 3:04pm.

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A Marathon Day Two at the USA Science & Engineering Festival

Posted by Susan Lendroth on 2010/10/24 10:41 CDT

Day Two of the USA Science & Engineering Festival, and it started with a game of "dodge the marathoners."

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Stephen Hawking Receives Cosmos Award

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/03/07 11:20 CST

The Planetary Society presented the Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science to Stephen Hawking in Cambridge England on February 27.

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Visitor from JAXA Stops at Planetary Society

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

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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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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