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Hangout on Air Friday, December 27 14:00 UT: Student Astronaut 10th Reunion

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?

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OSIRIS-REx "Name That Asteroid!" Contest Deadline Extended to December 31

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.

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Crack the code for a message from Mars, redux

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.

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Send Your Name to Venus, now with a certificate!

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.

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Send your name to Venus with Venus Climate Orbiter (PLANET-C), now known as Akatsuki

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.

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Last two days to send your photo in to the New Horizons Digital Time Capsule!

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!

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More time, and a great prize, for 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.

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New items on the website: Rover update and Stardust@home

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.

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Netlander Mission Cancelled

Posted by on 2004/06/15 07:20 CDT

Due to funding difficulties within the French space agency, CNES, the Netlander mission has been officially canceled.

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