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We didn't start the science

Emily Lakdawalla • February 04, 2013

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

Hey look, I'm a cartoon!

Emily Lakdawalla • January 24, 2013

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

An Eventful 2012

Casey Dreier • December 31, 2012

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.

Planetary Radio Live Celebrates Curiosity/Truly Haute Cuisine!

Mat Kaplan • December 20, 2012

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.

Watch Planetary Radio LIVE on Saturday!

Mat Kaplan • December 15, 2012

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.

SMBC on NASA announcements

Emily Lakdawalla • November 29, 2012

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

Planetary Radio Live--Celebrating Curiosity

Mat Kaplan • November 20, 2012

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

The First-Ever Sagan Slam

Casey Dreier • November 12, 2012

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.

Up Goer Five

Emily Lakdawalla • November 12, 2012

In a stroke of pure genius, Randall Munroe of the web comic XKCD describes "Up Goer Five" with the ten hundred most commonly used words in the English language.

DPS 2012: Who were you wearing?

Emily Lakdawalla • October 24, 2012

Scientific conferences have become more fun since it suddenly became cool to be a geek. I thoroughly enjoy the "geek uniform" of witty T-shirt and jeans, and did my best to wardrobe myself in relevant geekwear each day of the meeting. This post is for all the people at DPS who asked where my clothes came from.

Your Place In Space: On the Road at Homestead National Monument

Andrea Carroll • September 28, 2012

Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye took the stage at Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, Nebraska to talk about sustainability and "your place in space".

Celebrate Planetary Radio's 10th Birthday!

Mat Kaplan • September 28, 2012

Planetary Radio went on the air ten years ago. It's almost time to celebrate this anniversary with a special episode for the week of November 12, 2012. Learn more, including how you can join the party.

VIDEOS: Nye & Teens in Space as Curiosity Lands in Hi-Def!

Mat Kaplan • September 19, 2012

Losing your enthusiasm for space exploration and science Watch these new and terrific videos for an exhilarating shot of Vitamin S.

Thursday: Watch Bill Nye Host YouTube SpaceLab Webcast

Mat Kaplan • September 11, 2012

The Planetary Society CEO goes to London to MC a live conversation with ISS astronaut Sunita Williams and the kids who've had their experiments conducted in orbit.

Hello, beautiful!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 07, 2012

Curiosity's much-anticipated self-portrait with the MAHLI camera just arrived on Earth, and even though it was shot through the dust cover it is AWESOME.

Knots on Mars

David J. Fred • September 05, 2012

It might surprise most people to learn that multitudes of knots tied in cords and thin ribbons have probably traveled on every interplanetary mission ever flown. If human civilization ends tomorrow, interplanetary landers, orbiters, and deep space probes will preserve evidence of both the oldest and newest of human technologies for thousands, if not millions of years.

An amazing LEGO model of Curiosity

Emily Lakdawalla • September 03, 2012

A petite model of Curiosity in LEGO accurately represents many of its features and functions.

August 22, 2012 officially proclaimed "Space Day" in California

Emily Lakdawalla • August 21, 2012

Governor Brown has declared August 22, 2012 "Space Day." I'm not sure what it means, but I love the repeated use of the word "whereas."

Something New! Uwingu

Alan Stern • August 21, 2012

A start-up company creating products that will fund space exploration, research, and education.

Fun For All Ages: Creating and Mapping a Volcano

Mike Malaska • August 18, 2012

Here’s a fun, cheap, and only slightly messy demonstration activity for kids of all ages, even 46-year-old kids: creating and mapping an ancient volcano.

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