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Bill Nye traveled to Washington, D.C. with friend and Planetary Society board member Neil deGrasse Tyson

Posted by Bill Nye on 2013/02/11 04:12 CST | 2 comments

Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke to the House Science committee about the importance of space and scientific research. Bill Nye also visited with Congressman Culberson and Congressman Wolf's chief of staffabout supporting NASA's Planetary Science Program.

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Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of Columbia Disaster from a Science Investigator

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2013/02/01 11:02 CST

David Warmflash, who organized a science (and peace) experiment with the Planetary Society for the ill fated STS-107 Columbia mission, reflects on that tragic day ten years ago.

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Hey look, I'm a cartoon!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/01/24 10:21 CST | 3 comments

Zach Weiner's new collection of geekily awkwardly smart web comics will include a story I contributed!

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Crazy Far

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2013/01/14 02:37 CST | 13 comments

Louis Friedman discusses what he expects to be the future of space exploration. According to him, it won't be in manned missions, but in remote, virtual exploration available to anybody.

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Forty years after Apollo 17's final footsteps

Posted by Andrew Chaikin on 2012/12/14 01:48 CST | 2 comments

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the last human footsteps on the Moon. In my latest video I look back at Apollo 17 and explain why I believe the Moon is the solar system's "jewel in the crown," beckoning us to return.

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One Year Ago

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2012/11/26 04:44 CST

MSL Curiosity left the Earth one year ago today. This is my experience of the launch.

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Curiosity news that's not news (or maybe it is), and some thoughts on art and science

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/11/20 12:24 CST | 5 comments

This morning while driving to work I heard a terrific story about Curiosity on National Public Radio from Joe Palca, NPR's science correspondent. It was a great story despite the fact that it contained virtually no news. The nugget of non-news is that SAM's analysis of Mars soil has yielded some unspecified, exciting, but not-yet-confirmed result. But that's not really what Palca's story is about.

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A Night To Remember: Celebrating Carl Sagan
The Planetary Society's glorious tribute to Dr. Sagan, with some of his best friends.

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2012/11/13 10:02 CST | 1 comments

On the evening of November 9, which would have been Carl Sagan's 78th birthday, the Planetary Society brought together some of his best friends to share their memories. We were also joined by four young scientists whose career choices were influenced by Carl.

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Carl Sagan: "If membership is restricted to men, the loss will be ours."

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/11/13 01:06 CST | 6 comments

When Casey invited me to participate in last Friday's "Sagan Slam," I wasn't sure what I would read, but I found a great letter of his explaining why women, as well as men, should be considered among the world's great explorers.

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Join Our Sagan Celebration
Watch our live webcast from Pasadena Friday, November 9, at 7:00pm Pacific

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2012/11/09 12:24 CST | 2 comments

The Planetary Society has invited a few friends of Carl Sagan's to a celebration of his birth and his legacy. Watch the live webcast featuring physicist Kip Thorne, Contact Executive Producer Lynda Obst and much more!

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A dispatch from J-school: two short videos

Posted by Jason Davis on 2012/10/23 11:05 CDT

Two short videos produced by Jason Davis on astronomy and planetary science work taking place at the University of Arizona.

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Astrophotos making the web - the good, the bad and the ugly ...

Posted by Daniel Fischer on 2012/10/10 04:18 CDT | 2 comments

Space blogger Daniel Fischer writes about the problem of composited astrophotos being distributed through social media channels by people unaware that they are artworks, not documentary photographs.

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International Astronautical Congress 2012 Recap

Posted by Bill Nye on 2012/10/09 11:42 CDT | 4 comments

Again this year I represented The Planetary Society at the International Astronautical Congress. This year, we met in Naples, Italy. This meeting brings together space scientists, rocket people, and spacecraft engineers from all over the world.

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Celebrate Planetary Radio's 10th Birthday!
A very special anniversary show is coming November 12, and you can join the fun.

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2012/09/28 06:09 CDT

Planetary Radio went on the air ten years ago. It's almost time to celebrate this anniversary with a special episode for the week of November 12, 2012. Learn more, including how you can join the party.

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Staying Put Means Death

Posted by Andrew Chaikin on 2012/07/18 04:11 CDT | 3 comments

Chaikin interviews Mars scientist Nathalie Cabrol who talks about her passion for exploration and urges America to explore even in tough economic times.

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Notes from a Red Planet: Ray Bradbury

Posted by Scott Maxwell on 2012/06/06 11:49 CDT | 2 comments

Mars rover driver Scott Maxwell relates a story of how he handed Ray Bradbury an opportunity to drive on Mars.

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Inspiring Neil Armstrong videos

Posted by Andrea Carroll on 2012/05/30 08:34 CDT | 1 comments

Videos capture a conversation between Armstrong and CPA Alex Malley. He speaks in detail about his lunar landing; he talks about our future in space. He holds no punches, and pushes for an innovative future in space

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Making eclipse magic

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/05/16 09:55 CDT | 2 comments

How to enjoy a solar eclipse with your kids, making shadow magic with a pinhole viewer.

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Video: We Must Explore

Posted by Andrew Chaikin on 2012/05/04 11:36 CDT | 2 comments

Planetary exploration is in trouble. Massive budget cuts threaten to starve NASA’s planetary program for years to come. If you are as angered and frightened by this situation as I am, I ask you to make your voice heard. Please share this video. And tell Washington, “We Must Explore.”

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Nearly the last view of Endeavour with its life-blood flowing

Posted by Ben Cooper on 2012/04/08 11:59 CDT

After 12 years of photographing the space shuttle, and even getting to work for NASA as a photographer for the final three years of the program, I never had the privilege of going inside the cockpit until the program was over.

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