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Friday fun: Every moon in the solar system in an homage to Tom Lehrer

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/05/24 08:53 CDT | 3 comments

A girl named Hope Johnson performing an homage to Tom Lehrer's "The Elements" in song and ukelele, except instead of the elements, she's singing the names of all the named moons in the solar system. Check it out!

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Planetary Society Hangout: A Day in the Life of the Opportunity Rover with Emily Dean
Thursday, May 9, at noon PDT/1900h UTC

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/05/09 02:20 CDT | 1 comments

Thursday, May 9th, at noon PDT/3pm EDT/1900h UTC, we are joined by Emily Dean, who works on the camera team for the Opportunity rover on Mars.

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We have a winner! The OSIRIS-REx asteroid's name is: Bennu!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/05/01 09:37 CDT

We received more than 8000 entries from all over the world in the Name That Asteroid contest, and we can finally announce the winner. The asteroid formerly known as 1999 RQ36 is now formally named (101955) Bennu, for a heron associated with the Egyptian god Osiris.

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Awesome interactive solar system exploration history infographic

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/04/25 11:26 CDT | 2 comments

Check out this absolutely wonderful infographic, produced by Olaf Frohn, that summarizes the entire history of solar system exploration.

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An Amazing Evening for Planetary Defense
Join us via Planetary Radio and complete video coverage.

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/04/23 07:12 CDT | 1 comments

Bill Nye, Bruce Betts, Mat Kaplan, Meteorite Man Geoffrey Notkin and stars of planetary science at the Planetary Defense Conference public event in Flagstaff.

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NASA's Planetary Doublespeak

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/11 06:22 CDT | 3 comments

´╗┐NASA went on an unusual tweet-binge praising planetary science today, saying that the struggling division "thrives" and highlighting various missions mainly developed in better times. NASA made five tweets in a row about planetary science over the course of two hours.

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Covering the European Geosciences Conference in Vienna

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/04 05:50 CDT | 3 comments

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

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Planetary Society Weekly Hangout: Programming in the Sciences
Thursday, Apr 4th at noon PDT/1900 UTC

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/03 02:30 CDT

Thursday, Apr 4th at noon PDT/1900 UTC we continue our weekly Live Hangouts. Join us this week with Chase Million, founder of Million Concepts, a company devoted to providing high-quality code to scientists.

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Robot Shaming

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/04/03 11:14 CDT | 2 comments

Some silly fun to brighten your Wednesday.

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MarsFest 2013: Mars in the Mojave
March 1st - 3rd, 2013

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/02/26 01:14 CST | 1 comments

From March 1st - 3rd I'll be representing the Planetary Society at the 2nd annual MarsFest, located in Death Valley National Park.

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New Contest: Name the Moons of Pluto!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/02/11 11:41 CST | 15 comments

The discoverers of Pluto's fourth and fifth moons are inviting the public to vote on (and write in candidates for) their formal names. Voting closes in two weeks.

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Tell Us How Planetary Science Is Cheap, Be Entered to Win
Send us your comparisons of the price of planetary science to...anything

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/02/06 07:03 CST

Submit an entry comparing the cost of Planetary Science at NASA to...anything. You'll be entered to win a prize. Exploring the solar system costs less than many people think, let's give everyone food for thought.

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We didn't start the science

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/02/04 03:52 CST | 1 comments

Asteroid astronomer Andy Rivkin has posted to YouTube his own awesome version of "We Didn't Start the Fire" -- with planetary science lyrics.

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Hey look, I'm a cartoon!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/01/24 10:21 CST | 3 comments

Zach Weiner's new collection of geekily awkwardly smart web comics will include a story I contributed!

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An Eventful 2012
The Society hosted many great events in 2012, come take a look back with us

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2012/12/31 04:53 CST

We threw a number of great events for our members and the public. Here's a list of some of my favorite, with links to ways to see or hear them yourself.

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Planetary Radio Live Celebrates Curiosity/Truly Haute Cuisine!
Listen to or watch the webcast recorded Saturday, December 15th, and enjoy a neat little French animation.

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2012/12/20 04:06 CST

Listen to or watch the webcast recorded Saturday, December 15th with MSL Project Manager Richard Cook and Project Scientist John Grotzinger. Bonus: enjoy a neat little French animation.

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Watch Planetary Radio LIVE on Saturday!
Saturday's webcast is all about Curiosity on Mars

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2012/12/15 11:10 CST | 1 comments

Watch the live show at 2pm Pacific on Saturday, December 15 to see Bill Nye, Emily Lakdawalla and the leaders of the Mars Science Laboratory rover mission.

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SMBC on NASA announcements

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/11/29 11:56 CST

Zach Weiner of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal critiques NASA's announcement style.

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Planetary Radio Live--Celebrating Curiosity
Leaders of the Mars Science Laboratory mission join Bill Nye and others on stage.

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2012/11/20 04:28 CST

Bill Nye and Planetary Society colleagues welcome mission leaders Richard Cook and John Grotzinger to a live discussion about the Mars Science Laboratory Rover.

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The First-Ever Sagan Slam

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2012/11/12 07:32 CST

The world's first Sagan Slam was embraced by an open, positive, and engaged crowd. We spoke, rhymed, read, and remembered Carl while drinking cosmos and getting to know each other.

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