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Preparing for the Journey to the Moon, Mars and Beyond

Deepak Dhingra • October 21, 2015

Deepak Dhingra reports on a planetary analog field trip exploring a very young volcanic terrain in Idaho at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve.

Mars 2020 and the Adaptive Caching Assembly: An Intern’s Perspective

Jake Rosenthal • October 12, 2015

Jet Propulsion Laboratory summer intern Jake Rosenthal shares his thoughts on the Mars 2020 sample caching technology currently in development.

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

Emily Lakdawalla • August 12, 2015

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 My kids' elementary school librarian asked me to take a look at the nonfiction space book collection and cull any outdated or just wrong books.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.

Using Cardboard to Tour Mars

Scott Maxwell • June 04, 2015

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

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

Jason Davis • March 23, 2015

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

A First Time for Everything: Blitzing Congress for Space

Jack Kiraly and Michael Briganti • March 06, 2015

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.

Leonard Nimoy: A Science Fan’s Appreciation

Mat Kaplan • February 28, 2015

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

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

Emily Lakdawalla • January 15, 2015

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.

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

Ellen Stofan • December 24, 2014

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.

NASA's Global Reach: Pakistan

Nagin Cox • September 18, 2014

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.

Canadian Mars Analogue Mission: Field Report, Week 2

Tanya Harrison • August 28, 2014

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

Canadian Mars Analogue Mission: Field Report, Week 1

Tanya Harrison • August 20, 2014

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

Rosetta's Big Day

Stuart Atkinson • August 06, 2014

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.

How Arecibo Observatory Transmits to the ISEE-3 Spacecraft

Alessondra Springmann • July 16, 2014

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

I've been asteroided! (274860) Emilylakdawalla

Emily Lakdawalla • July 16, 2014

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.

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

Jason Davis • June 02, 2014

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.

The Passing of Warren Ashley

Bruce Betts • March 27, 2014

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.

Calling Congress Is Easy

Kirby Runyon • March 21, 2014

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.

Shivering in Paradise: An Alaskan Aurora Adventure

Mat Kaplan • March 14, 2014

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

Postcards from Pluto

Amanda Zangari • March 12, 2014

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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