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Students Design Human Asteroid Mission in Caltech Space Challenge

Louis D. Friedman • September 19, 2011

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.

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

Ray Sanders • September 13, 2011

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.

Here we go again: GRAIL set to launch today

Emily Lakdawalla • September 10, 2011

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.

GRAIL update: Next launch attempt planned for Saturday

Emily Lakdawalla • September 08, 2011

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

How to watch the GRAIL launch on Thursday

Emily Lakdawalla • September 06, 2011

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.

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

Emily Lakdawalla • August 04, 2011

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!

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

Emily Lakdawalla • June 14, 2011

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.

We did it -- Shuttle LIFE launches!

Bill Nye • May 16, 2011

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

Happy Earth Day!

Bill Nye • April 22, 2011

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

Please join us to send off Lou Friedman in style!

Emily Lakdawalla • April 15, 2011

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.)

The Future of Women in Chemistry and Science

Charlene Anderson • February 28, 2011

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.

Stardust Contest: "Are We There Yet?"

Emily Lakdawalla • February 01, 2011

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!

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.

Talk at AGU today: "Snapshots from Space"

Emily Lakdawalla • December 13, 2010

I had planned to be in San Francisco today to present at the 2010 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, in an Education and Public Affairs session.

I'll be presenting at the American Geophysical Union Meeting next week

Emily Lakdawalla • December 10, 2010

I'm going to just one day of the enormous annual American Geophysical Union meeting next week, and I am actually presenting a talk!

Miscellany

Emily Lakdawalla • November 18, 2010

The saddest item of business to note in this linky post is that noted astronomer Brian Marsden, retired director of the Minor Planet Center and a good friend to many, passed away yesterday at the age of 73.

Discovery Launch Scrubbed, Again

Mat Kaplan • November 05, 2010

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

Days of Downs and Ups

Mat Kaplan • November 04, 2010

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.

Carnival of Space #176 and Lou's View

Emily Lakdawalla • November 03, 2010

Travel to Kentucky for the 176th Carnival of Space -- bet you didn't know Kentucky had space industry!

Holy cow, is it really the 175th Carnival of Space already?

Emily Lakdawalla • October 26, 2010

175th Carnival of Space!? That means the Carnival of Space has been going on for nearly 4 years. Or just about 2 Mars years. Pretty amazing.

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