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Community service: Vetting my local library's children's space books

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2015/08/12 07:31 CDT | 7 comments

Space fans, here is a valuable community service that you can perform in your neighborhood: Vet your school library's space book collections. My kids' elementary school librarian asked me to take a look at the nonfiction space book collection and cull any outdated or just wrong books. I culled quite a few, and am now recommending some replacements.

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Using Cardboard to Tour Mars

Posted by Scott Maxwell on 2015/06/04 05:47 CDT | 3 comments

Former Mars rover driver Scott Maxwell uses Google Cardboard to take a tour of the Red Planet.

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Desert Moon, Narrated by Former Astronaut Mark Kelly, Now Available Online

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/03/23 10:00 CDT | 1 comments

Desert Moon, a 35-minute documentary that tells the story of Dr. Gerard Kuiper and the dawn of planetary science, is now available online.

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A First Time for Everything: Blitzing Congress for Space

Posted by Jack KiralyMichael Briganti on 2015/03/06 03:53 CST | 1 comments

There is a first time for everything. Riding a bike, stargazing, and yes, even lobbying Congress. Jack Kiraly describes his first Legislative Blitz with Michael Briganti and Casey Dreier on Capitol Hill last week.

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Leonard Nimoy: A Science Fan’s Appreciation

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2015/02/28 12:02 CST | 2 comments

Mat Kaplan pays a heartfelt tribute to a science fiction icon.

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Ten years after the Huygens landing: The story of its images

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2015/01/15 03:02 CST | 5 comments

The landing of Huygens on Titan was a significant moment for planetary science and a great accomplishment for Europe. But the Huygens landing also stimulated the development of the international community of amateur image processors that does such great work with space images today. I was in the midst of it all at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt.

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A Visit to India: New Space Collaborations and New Friendships with Role Models for Women in STEM

Posted by Ellen Stofan on 2014/12/24 11:03 CST

NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan discusses her recent trip to India to speak at the India-U.S. Technology Summit in Delhi and Miranda House a the University of Dehli on women in STEM careers.

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NASA's Global Reach: Pakistan

Posted by Nagin Cox on 2014/09/18 10:19 CDT | 5 comments

Nagin Cox, a systems engineer and manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory currently working on the mission operations team for Curiosity, tells us about a trip she took to Pakistan as an ambassador for science and technology.

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Canadian Mars Analogue Mission: Field Report, Week 2

Posted by Tanya Harrison on 2014/08/28 11:17 CDT

Tanya Harrison wraps up the final week of Mars sample return analogue mission operations at the Canadian Space Agency.

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Canadian Mars Analogue Mission: Field Report, Week 1

Posted by Tanya Harrison on 2014/08/20 11:02 CDT | 1 comments

Tanya Harrison reports on Canada's efforts to simulate a Mars sample return mission here on Earth.

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Rosetta's Big Day

Posted by Stuart Atkinson on 2014/08/06 05:46 CDT | 4 comments

Stuart Atkinson muses on the difference between the Europe of today and the Europe of a century ago in the context of Rosetta's momentous arrival at comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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How Arecibo Observatory Transmits to the ISEE-3 Spacecraft

Posted by Alessondra Springmann on 2014/07/16 03:51 CDT | 1 comments

Talking to spacecraft is a normal occurrence at Arecibo Observatory, but sometimes the nuts and bolts are a little unconventional.

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I've been asteroided! (274860) Emilylakdawalla

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2014/07/16 07:22 CDT | 13 comments

What a great piece of news to receive upon returning home from vacation! There is now a small piece of the solar system named for me: asteroid 274860 has been formally named "Emilylakdawalla" by the International Astronomical Union. Here is everything I've been able to learn about my namesake asteroid.

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LightSail is happening, and I'll be your new guide

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/06/02 12:19 CDT

Today, I'm joining The Planetary Society full-time as a media producer. My first task is to become an embedded reporter for LightSail, the Society's solar sailing spacecraft.

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The Passing of Warren Ashley
CSUDH Distance Learning Pioneer and Planetary Society Partner

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2014/03/27 12:43 CDT

Warren Ashley, pioneer of distance learning at CSUDH, passed away March 21, 2014. His idea led to the partnership between CSUDH and The Planetary Society to produce an online Introductory Astronomy course.

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Calling Congress Is Easy

Posted by Kirby Runyon on 2014/03/21 07:38 CDT | 3 comments

Calling your senators and representatives about NASA's budget isn't that bad. In fact, I just took 15 minutes out of my day to do it! If you're not sure what to say to support planetary exploration, I hope you'll be inspired by what I've transcribed from my phone call this afternoon.

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Shivering in Paradise: An Alaskan Aurora Adventure

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2014/03/14 06:14 CDT | 1 comments

Mat Kaplan checks an item off his bucket list: Seeing the aurora in Alaska.

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Postcards from Pluto

Posted by Amanda Zangari on 2014/03/12 03:26 CDT | 2 comments

Amanda Zangari shares what it's like to be a scientist on New Horizons, and explains some of the day-to-day workings of the mission behind the scenes.

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The new Cosmos: Standing Up in the Milky Way

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2014/03/10 11:55 CDT | 78 comments

My daughters liked the new Cosmos and want to watch next week. I thought it was a successful beginning for a long series, and I think it'll become a weekly viewing event for our family. I hope other families think the same.

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Why Cosmos should matter, especially to Hollywood

Posted by Taryn O'Neill on 2014/03/07 01:52 CST | 3 comments

For a town dependent on Stars, there are far too few people here who look up at the sky. But come this Sunday, March 9, the epic series of science, space and humanity will return: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Why does it matter for Hollywood, specifically? I'll tell you why it will. And then why it should.

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