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Making eclipse magic

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/05/16 09:55 CDT | 2 comments

How to enjoy a solar eclipse with your kids, making shadow magic with a pinhole viewer.

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Rovers in the desert

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/05/14 03:02 CDT | 5 comments

I took a field trip to watch scientists and engineers play in the sand with Mars rover models, and got a bonus tour of some evidence for the "Snowball Earth" hypothesis.

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In which I sit in a Soyuz capsule with a Real Live Astronaut

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/05/09 01:46 CDT | 2 comments

Emily Lakdawalla is ready to launch to space with Shuttle astronaut Mike Massimino, who guest-starred (as an astronaut, of course) on the fifth season finale of the CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory.

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Cartoon: Voyager's ongoing adventures

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/04/23 11:36 CDT | 2 comments

I'm not sure what to make of this Youtube cartoon about Voyager, except to say that it's simultaneously heart-wrenching, funny, and adorable.

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Nichelle Nichols and the Nerd-in-chief

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/04/03 11:02 CDT

I got this wonderful photo from Nichols' Twitter after Mike Okuda retweeted it.

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A theme song for IKAROS

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/03/11 10:10 CDT

JAXA's solar sail mission IKAROS is still hibernating, and there's no way of knowing if the spacecraft will reawaken or not. They try to raise contact with the spacecraft once a month, with the last attempt being made on March 10; we can only wait to see if they'll succeed. What better time to release a theme song for the mission? IKAROS has always been even more full of personality even than other JAXA missions (which is saying a lot).

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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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This is how far human radio broadcasts have reached into the galaxy

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/02/24 05:26 CST | 2 comments

There is an ever-expanding bubble announcing Humanity's presence to anyone listening in the Milky Way.

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The Scale of the Universe, by Cary and Michael Huang

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/02/16 10:14 CST

Cary and Michael Huang present a basic "powers of ten" visualization starting at human scale from which you can scrub downward smaller than quarks or upward to the scale of the entire universe.

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Put New Horizons on a stamp

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/02/09 12:26 CST

A week ago, the New Horizons team announced an effort to gather signatures in support of a petition to the U.S. Postal Service to commemorate the historic flyby of Pluto on a stamp.�

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A shooting star is not a star at all

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/01/29 07:08 CST

They Might Be Giants present "What Is a Shooting Star?"

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Geek craft: GRAIL twins Ebb and Flow in plastic canvas

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/01/25 12:10 CST

Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that after beginning with Dawn last week, I've kept my fingers busy, stitching more spacecraft from plastic canvas. I now have prototypes for GRAIL, New Horizons, and MESSENGER.

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Stephen Hawking's Curios

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2012/01/20 06:32 CST

Catching up on my blog reading today, I turned to "Cosmic Log," science writer Alan Boyle's must-read column on msnbc.com. Today's entry is titled "Stephen Hawking's curios explained."

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Watch this week's Google+ Space Hangout

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/01/19 03:12 CST

This week's lineup is a largely astronomical crowd so most of the conversation concerned dark matter and boiling exoplanets and imaging the black hole at the center of our galaxy.

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The Dawn spacecraft, modeled in an unlikely medium

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/01/17 02:04 CST | 3 comments

Last week when I joined the new weekly Space Hangout (a webcast video conference call of sorts), I realized I would need a 3D model of Dawn in order to explain what's going on with the mission right now.

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Happy LPSC Deadline Day, especially to composers of abstract haiku

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/01/10 06:33 CST

January 10, 2012 was a high-stress day for many in the world of planetary geology: the deadline for submission of abstracts for the 2012 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC). One creative coping mechanism for the stress of completing the LPSC abstract submission process is the tradition of capturing the essence of one's work in the seventeen syllables of the Haiku form.

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Project for Awesome Video On Behalf of the Planetary Society

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2011/12/22 12:22 CST | 1 comment

WhirledSol posted a cool Youtube tribute to the Planetary Society a year ago, and we just now found it! It has a nice explanation of why we are so passionate about space exploration.

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MalloMars Rover: Search for S'more Data

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/12/16 04:55 CST

Abigail Fraeman took third place in the Washington Post's 2011 Style Invitational edible-art contest with her entry, "MalloMars Rover: Search for S'more Data."

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One-astronaut game of baseball in the International Space Station

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/12/01 07:18 CST

A fun video of Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa playing baseball aboard the ISS.

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Photos: Preparations for Curiosity's launch proceeding (don't show these to Blofeld!)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/10/11 11:27 CDT

Kennedy Space Center has recently created a photo album collecting their photos from the clean rooms where technicians are working madly to prepare the Curiosity Mars rover for launch.

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