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Happy Earth Day!

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

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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Lunar eclipse tonight, mid-eclipse at 08:17 Dec 21 UT

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/20 10:55 CST

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.

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Talk at AGU today: "Snapshots from Space"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/13 04:11 CST

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.

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/10 04:10 CST

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

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Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/18 05:31 CST

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.

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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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Carnival of Space #176 and Lou's View

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/03 03:02 CDT

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

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/26 10:18 CDT

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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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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Lightsail 1 Lands on National Mall

Posted by Susan Lendroth on 2010/10/23 10:03 CDT

The Planetary Society showcased our solar sail mission, Lightsail 1, at day one of the USA Science & Engineering Festival on Washington DC's National Mall.

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Getting ready for the USA Science & Engineering Festival

Posted by Susan Lendroth on 2010/10/22 06:51 CDT

The Planetary Society booth is ready to go for the USA Science & Engineering Festival being held this weekend on the National Mall in Washington DC.

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Join Our Galactic Quest for Exoplanets

Posted by Susan Lendroth on 2010/09/30 06:07 CDT

With the astronomical community is buzzing with news of an exoplanet found in a star's habitable zone, The Planetary Society will co-sponsor a special event that will be streamed live on Monday, October 4.

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It's International Observe the Moon Night

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/18 05:06 CDT

Hey everybody, go out and look up at the Moon! It's International Observe the Moon night.

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Mars As Art

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/15 12:41 CDT

Attention Mars data trawlers! NASA Headquarters is looking for community input on an exhibition and book of "Mars As Art."

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Mars Exploration Challenge Launches Today

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2010/09/13 11:49 CDT

The explorers who will someday walk on Mars are in school today. Exactly who they are, we don't yet know. But we do know that they are among the students who are captivated by the wonders of science and the challenges of engineering.

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New Flickr collection of historical NASA photos

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/30 11:23 CDT

NASA announced today that they had placed several new sets of historical photos on their "NASA on the Commons" Flickr site, and invited the public to help tag and caption the photos.

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