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Congratulations to the IKAROS team for their "8th Web Creation Award"

Emily Lakdawalla • October 13, 2010

This news is a little old but worth mentioning: On September 9, the Japanese solar sail mission, IKAROS, won a Web award in Japan for their work to publicize the mission via Twitter.

Voyager Mission Status Bulletins: Jupiter and Saturn

Emily Lakdawalla • September 24, 2010

Last week I posted a stack of Voyager Mission Status Bulletins, which were once the main resource for space enthusiasts to follow the dramatic events and photos of an in-flight space mission.

Review: Recess Monkey: The Final Funktier

Emily Lakdawalla • September 24, 2010

The Final Funktier is a kids' music album that is (a) delightful for grownups too and (b) features largely space-themed tracks. Win!

Beyond Earth T-shirt features 23 space missions

Emily Lakdawalla • September 17, 2010

Let other geeks have their T-shirts with fictional space explorers -- now you can emblazon your chest with 23 space missions that have really explored space!

A space calendar in "the cloud"

Emily Lakdawalla • August 23, 2010

I've spent today fiddling around with Google Calendar and have created a wholly new calendar of space events for the blog.

Three things to watch

Emily Lakdawalla • August 20, 2010

It's high summer (in the northern hemisphere anyway) and many of you may be seeking shelter from the heat. If you need to collapse on the couch and watch TV, I have three space-y recommendations for you.

MSL Roves!

Ryan Anderson • July 28, 2010

I'm a little late on this, but I thought I should share the news: MSL now has a good head and neck on its shoulders, and has officially "roved".

A little chuckle for your Monday morning

Emily Lakdawalla • July 26, 2010

During Friday's first roll for Curiosity, there was a lot of banter in the Ustream chat room about all the bunny-suited engineers waving at the cameras and mugging for portraits with the rover. One chat room member, "Mirek," said the engineer should -- well, you can see what he requested; just watch the video.

A brush painting for Hayabusa

Emily Lakdawalla • July 07, 2010

Upon James Aldridge's return from Japan, he posted several albums worth of amazing photos, including several of their calligraphy instructor, well-known artist Aiko Tanaka, creating a gestural brush painting to commemorate Hayabusa's return.

The solar system, in jewelry form

Emily Lakdawalla • July 01, 2010

A couple of months ago, someone on Twitter sent me a link to an article about Laura Cesari's bead jewelry inspired by the solar system. I thought it was awfully cool.

Amigurumi: How I channeled my adrenaline while watching Hayabusa's return

Emily Lakdawalla • June 14, 2010

Covering the events of Hayabusa's return involved a lot of watching and waiting. Rather than go blind staring at my computer and cause carpal tunnel syndrome by excessively clicking the refresh button, I decided to...go blind and develop carpal tunnel syndrome by doing some crocheting.

Hayabusa: "I did my best!"

Emily Lakdawalla • June 08, 2010

While he was in Japan to observe IKAROS' sail deployment, Lou Friedman couldn't help but notice the country's excitement over the impending return of Hayabusa.

Science and Hollywood -- The Two Cultures Meet in Jim Cameron's Avatar

Charlene Anderson • May 18, 2010

Hollywood and Science are not congenial colleagues. When their paths cross, as they so often do in science-fiction films, each feels the other must give way to the cultural absolutes of their different tribes.

Buzz Aldrin on Dancing with the Stars: Week 3, and that's it

Abigail Fraeman • April 07, 2010

Our favorite astronaut has moonwalked off the dance floor, and we want to thank him for showing us that you're never too old to try something new. This is my last post -- I hope you've enjoyed reading these little interjections of space-related pop culture.

Buzz Aldrin on Dancing with the Stars: Week 2

Abigail Fraeman • March 30, 2010

It's the second week of ABC's television program Dancing with the Stars, which means two things: (1) Someone will be getting the boot from the competition on Tuesday night, and (2) Our favorite rocket man had a second chance to prove to judge Bruno Tonioli that he could dance without looking like he was still wearing his moon boots.

Buzz Aldrin on Dancing with the Stars: Week 1

Abigail Fraeman • March 23, 2010

This past Monday night Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin appeared as a contestant on the ABC television program "Dancing the Stars," where he showed off the dancing skills he first perfected as a cadet attending "hops" at West Point (as in, "let's go to the hop.")

"He walked on the Moon. Now let's see what those feet can do on Earth."

Susan Lendroth • March 19, 2010

Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin is about to add another line to his resume when he appears on the television program, "Dancing with the Stars."

Gorilla seen in Nasa Snap from Mars? Umm....no.

Emily Lakdawalla • March 03, 2010

Yes, I'm totally not kidding, that is the headline in the Sun: "'Gorilla' seen in Nasa Snap from Mars."

Your chance to shoot your own high-resolution pictures of Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • January 20, 2010

The HiRISE public suggestion tool, called HiWish, is a Web site that allows you to log in and select a spot on Mars as a suggestion for where the HiRISE instrument should take an image.

Report #1 from the New Horizons Science Team Meeting

Ted Stryk • January 19, 2010

The New Horizons science team is meeting this week. Ted Stryk was invited to attend the meeting, and he sent the following notes from the first day.

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