Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/12/27 08:00 CST
When Spirit and Opportunity landed in 2004, I was with the science team in charge of a group of high-school students called the Red Rover Goes to Mars Student Astronauts. We're coming up on the 10th anniversary of the landings -- what have those "kids" grown up into?
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/11/30 03:32 CST
Good news, everyone! The OSIRIS-REx team wants to give as many kids as possible a chance to Name That Asteroid! The contest entry deadline has been extended to December 31.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/14 07:02 CDT
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.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/09 01:46 CST
I wrote a few weeks ago about a new Send Your Name to Venus campaign conducted by the Akatsuki mission. Now The Planetary Society has arranged with JAXA to collect names and messages on our website.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/10/23 12:31 CDT
The Japanese space agency's science missions have an abundance of names. They start out with a programmatic name, like MUSES-A, PLANET-A, etc. -- which might be like calling NEAR "Discovery-A" and Mars Pathfinder "Discovery-B" and so on.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/10/30 11:31 CST
Time's almost up to submit a photo to the New Horizons Digital Time Capsule!
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/07/12 06:01 CDT
We just issued a press release announcing that the deadline has been extended to enter photos into the New Horizons Digital Time Capsule.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/05/01 06:54 CDT
I just wanted to point out a couple of new items on the website.