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Video: This is not the droid you're looking for

Emily Lakdawalla • August 02, 2012

Just to break the tension in advance of Curiosity's landing, a little humor from UnmannedSpaceflight.com's Astro0.

Celebrate Curiosity with a “Party on Mars!” Saturday night!

Emily Lakdawalla • July 30, 2012

Join me and Bill Nye to blow off some steam on Saturday night as we anticipate Curiosity’s landing! In the spirit of such nerdtacular gatherings as W00tstock and LeetUp, we’re having a big party at the Paseo Colorado here in Pasadena to celebrate Curiosity!

Every Planet in the Galaxy!

Mat Kaplan • June 20, 2012

Okay, just the ones we know about. xkcd does it again.

Build your own papercraft Curiosity rover

Emily Lakdawalla • June 08, 2012

Glen Nagle pointed me to two awesome papercraft models of the Curiosity rover that you can download and -- assuming you have a LOT of patience and a steady hand -- assemble.

Celestron Video From USA Science & Engineering Festival

Mat Kaplan • June 06, 2012

Telescope maker Celestron joined the Planetary Society at April's big festival in Washington. Their new video about the experience features our Emily Lakdawalla.

Hijinks and Shenanigans at Caltech Ditch Day

Bruce Betts • May 24, 2012

Hijinks and Shenanigans at Caltech Ditch Day: I return to the Caltech campus on the annual ditch day to check out some of the fun.

Making eclipse magic

Emily Lakdawalla • May 16, 2012

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

Rovers in the desert

Emily Lakdawalla • May 14, 2012

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.

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

Emily Lakdawalla • May 09, 2012

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.

Cartoon: Voyager's ongoing adventures

Emily Lakdawalla • April 23, 2012

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.

Nichelle Nichols and the Nerd-in-chief

Emily Lakdawalla • April 03, 2012

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

Make an Impact with Yuri's Night 2012!

Ray Sanders • March 12, 2012

Yuri's Night events combine space-themed partying with education and outreach.

A theme song for IKAROS

Emily Lakdawalla • March 11, 2012

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).

LeetUp Reconnaissance Report

Emily Lakdawalla • March 06, 2012

A recap of the "carnival of nerdly delights" that is LeetUp.

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

Emily Lakdawalla • February 24, 2012

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

The Scale of the Universe, by Cary and Michael Huang

Emily Lakdawalla • February 16, 2012

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.

Put New Horizons on a stamp

Emily Lakdawalla • February 09, 2012

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.

A shooting star is not a star at all

Emily Lakdawalla • January 29, 2012

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

Geek craft: GRAIL twins Ebb and Flow in plastic canvas

Emily Lakdawalla • January 25, 2012

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.

Stephen Hawking's Curios

Charlene Anderson • January 20, 2012

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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