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Happy Christmas on Mars!

Emily Lakdawalla • December 24, 2009

This was so cute I had to repost it -- and record it too.

If Earth had rings

Emily Lakdawalla • December 03, 2009

I am the very last space blogger in the universe to post about this video, but that doesn't make it any less cool.

Be a Martian!

Ryan Anderson • November 18, 2009

I think the new "Be a Martian" collaboration between NASA and Microsoft is a great idea!

Happy Halloween!

Emily Lakdawalla • October 31, 2009

Enjoy tonight's nearly-full Moon! I couldn't resist posting these snapshots that Alice Wessen took of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's costume contest.

Climb Aboard Apollo 11 Time Machine

Susan Lendroth • July 16, 2009

Grab your bell bottoms and Tang, and travel back to 1969 when Apollo 11's journey to the Moon captivated the world, and Neil Armstrong's and Buzz Aldrin's boot prints in the lunar dust transformed us into a multi-world species.

The Martian Craters Asimov and Danielson

Ken Edgett • May 27, 2009

The Martian Craters Asimov and Danielson

Celebrate Apollo 11's 40th Anniversary with the Crew

Susan Lendroth • May 22, 2009

This summer, the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. will commemorate that extraordinary moment in history with a very special Apollo 11 celebration, featuring the mission's original crew members along with former Johnson Space Center Director Chris Kraft.

"Moon?"

Emily Lakdawalla • February 18, 2008

It's a legal holiday here in the U.S. (President's day), and my daughter's babysitter is taking the day off, so I won't be getting much work done today. But I thought I'd check in to share the fact that, as we got out of the car last week, my daughter pointed up in the sky at the crescent moon and said "Dat!" so I gave her the word, "Moon."

Have a happy day on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • February 01, 2008

I thought this was a fun image to kick off the weekend. This isn't the first happy-looking crater to be photographed from Mars, but I really like this one; it's more goofy.

Teeny little Bigfoot on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • January 23, 2008

The story of a Sasquatch-shaped rock visible in a recent panorama from Spirit is getting a lot of play in the mainstream media, but fortunately, it's not being taken very seriously. (My favorite take on this picture is the lead from the Times Online story about it: "Is it a rock? A trick of Martian light on the eye? Or Osama Bin Laden waving from his barren hideout 300 million miles from planet Earth?")

Mars Science Laboratory is going to be HUGE

Emily Lakdawalla • June 20, 2007

Yesterday I deposited the baby with her grandmother and went to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for a press junket to the opening of their new Mars Yard.

5...4...3...2...1...1...Happy New Year!

Emily Lakdawalla • December 31, 2005

Read that title aloud. Yes, the last minute of 2005 is actually 61 seconds long.

A fun picture for holiday travel

Emily Lakdawalla • November 22, 2005

A fun NASA explainer just crossed my email inbox and I thought I'd share it.

Rockin' to Bill Haley and his Comets

Emily Lakdawalla • July 05, 2005

There was a stage set up on the steps of the administration building, and the quad in front of it was filled with JPLers of all ages and descriptions. Rick Grammier and Don Yeomans introduced the band -- five guys, all members of the band since 1953 or earlier, still rockin' and rollin'.

"Mars Spectacular!"

Emily Lakdawalla • June 28, 2005

Apparently there is a bogus email circulating around the Web with the following text: "The Red Planet is about to be spectacular!" But Mars is not about to appear "as large as the full Moon."

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