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Watch this week's Google+ Space Hangout

Emily Lakdawalla • January 19, 2012

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.

The Dawn spacecraft, modeled in an unlikely medium

Emily Lakdawalla • January 17, 2012

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.

Happy LPSC Deadline Day, especially to composers of abstract haiku

Emily Lakdawalla • January 10, 2012

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.

Project for Awesome Video On Behalf of the Planetary Society

Mat Kaplan • December 22, 2011

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.

MalloMars Rover: Search for S'more Data

Emily Lakdawalla • December 16, 2011

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."

One-astronaut game of baseball in the International Space Station

Emily Lakdawalla • December 01, 2011

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

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

Emily Lakdawalla • October 11, 2011

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.

Rapping the elements, by Oortkuiper

Emily Lakdawalla • August 18, 2011

This is a bit of a departure from space science, but was so awesome, I had to share. I've always loved Tom Lehrer's "The Elements." Well, Youtube user Oortkuiper has done him an order of magnitude better.

Spiffy human spaceflight T-shirt!

Emily Lakdawalla • July 21, 2011

From Chop Shop, the same guys who brought you my favorite space T-shirt ever, there is now a very cool shirt celebrating the spacecraft and missions of 50 years of human spaceflight, and as before they're donating five bucks to the Planetary Society for every T-shirt sold.

In Memory of Spirit, and Why Cuteness Matters

Melissa Rice • June 15, 2011

An analysis of "cuteness," and why it matters when talking about science.

We Roasted and We Toasted...

Bill Nye • May 05, 2011

Last Saturday, April 30, 2011, the Planetary Society roasted and toasted Lou Friedman -- our cofounder and retiring Executive Director.

Having some fun with Curiosity's pretty face (plus, a conversation about Curiosity with a 4-year-old)

Emily Lakdawalla • April 08, 2011

The photo I took of Curiosity's "face" and posted on Monday seems to have tickled a lot of people. I understand it's the subject of a "Photoshop this Mars rover" challenge at Fark, and a couple of the guys over at unmannedspaceflight.com have been having a field day with it.

Encouragement from space for Japan

Emily Lakdawalla • March 22, 2011

I saw this posted by @Akatsuki_JAXA (the Akatsuki Venus mission's official Twitter identity) and thought it was cute so I'm sharing it here.

Happy Valentine's Day from Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • February 14, 2011

I dug around and found something unique: this cool heart-shaped feature on Mars -- my Valentine to you all!

A Worldwide Game of "Telephone" Distorts NASA Meeting

Charlene Anderson • January 18, 2011

In the last couple of weeks, media outlets around the world have been reporting that NASA recently convened a private meeting at JPL to identify the worst movies ever made, scientifically speaking. It seemed like a good story. The problem was that it wasn't true.

1000 Akatsukis; "Faulty valve caused Akatsuki failure"

Emily Lakdawalla • December 27, 2010

In a move that's kind of hard to understand in the wake of the immense public outreach success of the Hayabusa mission, JAXA is closing JAXA i, its public information center in Tokyo today (December 28 in Japan).

Opportunity drives within 20 meters of Santa Maria, spots alligator's tail

Emily Lakdawalla • December 15, 2010

Today Opportunity has driven to within 20 meters of Santa Maria crater, and the blocks around it are really, really cool-looking. This one is a dead ringer for the severed tail of an alligator.

In which I report on w00tstock and wonder how to get nerds more excited about real space exploration

Emily Lakdawalla • October 28, 2010

(I promise that this post will get around to the subject of space exploration in a couple of paragraphs.)

A Marathon Day Two at the USA Science & Engineering Festival

Susan Lendroth • October 24, 2010

Day Two of the USA Science & Engineering Festival, and it started with a game of "dodge the marathoners."

Crack the code for a message from Mars, redux

Emily Lakdawalla • October 14, 2010

Waaaay back when Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars in January 2004, the Planetary Society helped the public participate in the missions with a number of projects, including one where we printed "secret codes" around the edges of the two names-bearing DVDs that were bolted to the Mars Exploration Rover landers.

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