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Planetary Radio: Ten Years A Roving: The Mars Exploration Rovers

Mat Kaplan • December 24, 2013

This week's show looks back over ten years of exploration by Spirit and Opportunity. Writer A.J.S. Rayl recounts the challenges encountered early in the mission, and how an outstanding team triumphed.

Conversations with an interplanetary spacecraft: "Hi, Juno!"

Emily Lakdawalla • December 17, 2013

Juno's Earth flyby represented the first opportunity for many of the science instruments to be used on a planetary target. There were terrific photos of Earth and the Moon, plus a cool project to see if Juno could detect intelligent life on Earth.

Op-Ed: The new space race: It's not just the U.S. and Russia anymore

Louis D. Friedman • December 13, 2013

I once argued that the concept of a space race represented old thinking. The modern way forward in space would be through international cooperation and coordination. Today, I think my insistence that the space race was over was naive. There are now many space races.

Comet ISON: Your Half-time Report

Karl Battams • November 26, 2013

I am heading out to Kitt Peak to join my fellow CIOC-ers Matthew and Casey for perihelion observations of Comet ISON, and I find myself having an early moment of reflection.

Call Your Representatives, Save Our Science

Andrew Rivkin • November 22, 2013

I called one of my Senators earlier today. Before that I called my representative. It was pretty easy.

MAVEN Launches!

Tanya Harrison • November 18, 2013

MAVEN launched flawlessly and pretty much exactly on schedule. Congratulations to NASA, the MAVEN team, and United Launch Alliance for a picture perfect launch!

MAVEN NASA Social: Day 2

Tanya Harrison • November 18, 2013

Bright and early this morning, we NASA Social folks met at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex for a tour of the space shuttle Atlantis. This is the first shuttle I've seen in person, and it was a stunning sight to see.

MAVEN NASA Social: Day 1

Tanya Harrison • November 17, 2013

I am at the MAVEN launch at Kennedy Space Center for a "NASA Social" event. These events are geared towards space enthusiasts of all backgrounds who are active on social media to increase public awareness and excitement about NASA.

Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 4: Heaven & Hell

Casey Dreier • November 04, 2013

Humans face the consequences of our own knowledge about the cosmos in this latest episode recap and analysis of Carl Sagan's classic series.

Creating Life on a Gas Giant

Adolf Schaller • November 02, 2013

Adolf Schaller, an artist on the original Cosmos series, shares his experience of creating the painting, "Hunters, Floaters, and Sinkers" from Episode 2, which speculates about the possible life living in the turbulent atmosphere of a gas-giant planet.

How I Gave My Preschool Class Mars Fever

Emily Cotman • October 18, 2013

It all started when we read a book called, There's Nothing to Do on Mars, by Chris Gall. And then something wonderful happened.

Planetary evangelism

Emily Lakdawalla • October 06, 2013

It's so exciting when the small talk that lubricates social interactions with strangers turns into an excited discussion of space and science.

I cannot volunteer my time to work on NASA business during the furlough

Les Johnson • October 03, 2013

Today I received my furlough notice from NASA. Since my job isn’t considered “excepted,” in other words, since no one will be injured or die if I don’t report for work, then I am to remain at home until recalled to work after the Congress passes and the President signs some sort of budget or continuing resolution to keep the government running.

Women scientists: Tell Your Story and Inspire Others in Astronomy

Hadiza Mohammed • October 01, 2013

Women Rock Science is working with the Knowledge Observatory to create an interactive display of women in astronomy from all over the world for an upcoming science festival.

Our Debt to NASA - Fighting the Pernicious Myth of NASA as Unnecessary

Casey Dreier • September 10, 2013

A recent article in the NY Times Sunday Magazine highlights how the pernicious myth of NASA as wasteful spending perpetuates through our culture.

I Remember Bruce Murray

Mat Kaplan • September 03, 2013

This week's Planetary Radio is a tribute to the Planetary Society's co-founder, Chairman and President. Mat provides a more personal tribute in this blog post.

Is the study of astrophysics self-indulgent?

Emily Lakdawalla • July 23, 2013

Is the study of astrophysics self-indulgent? I was caught aback by that assertion, made by a recent graduate in the latest issue of the Brown University alumni magazine.

Ten years since Spirit's launch

Emily Lakdawalla • June 10, 2013

Ten years ago, Spirit launched on a Delta II rocket toward Mars, and I was there to see it.

Planetary Science Echoes Through the Halls of Congress

Casey Dreier • May 21, 2013

The Planetary Society just returned from a big trip to Washington, D.C. to advocate for continued planetary exploration. Here's what happened.

Speaking engagements next week: Spacefest V and Society for Astronomical Sciences symposium

Emily Lakdawalla • May 17, 2013

Next week I'm traveling to speak at two events. Registration is still open for both, so I hope some of you can come. I also have some commentary on women being invited to speak at public events.

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