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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.

Connecting scientist mentors with students who have the desire to learn

Caleph Wilson • May 16, 2013

Caleph Wilson provides examples and guidance to scientists wishing to mentor students in science, technology, engineering, and math outreach programs.

Brief update with good news on Kiera Wilmot

Emily Lakdawalla • May 16, 2013

Two weeks ago I wrote about Kiera Wilmot, a teen girl who was expelled from her school and charged with two felonies for unsupervised messing around with a chemical reaction on school grounds. Yesterday the Orlando Sentinel reported that no charges are being filed against her, which removes the greatest threat to her future.

Planetary Society Hangout: A Day in the Life of the Opportunity Rover with Emily Dean

Casey Dreier • May 09, 2013

Thursday, May 9th, at noon PDT/3pm EDT/1900h UTC, we are joined by Emily Dean, who works on the camera team for the Opportunity rover on Mars.

Thoughts on Kiera Wilmot: Mentor curiosity to create future scientists

Emily Lakdawalla • May 03, 2013

Please bear with me -- this blog entry has nothing to do with planets but a lot to do with society. For the last two days, my Twitter feed has been roiling with outrage about the story of Kiera Wilmot.

Curiosity on Mars - Design, Planning, and the First Mars Year of Operations

Emily Lakdawalla • April 26, 2013

Last month, I formally entered a new phase of my career: I signed my first book contract. I'll be writing a book about the Curiosity mission through its prime mission, for Springer-Praxis.

An Amazing Evening for Planetary Defense

Mat Kaplan • April 23, 2013

Bill Nye, Bruce Betts, Mat Kaplan, Meteorite Man Geoffrey Notkin and stars of planetary science at the Planetary Defense Conference public event in Flagstaff.

Send Us Your Sequestration Stories

Casey Dreier • March 15, 2013

Are you a scientist or student that has felt an impact from sequestration? Tell us your story.

A post about International Women's Day

Emily Lakdawalla • March 08, 2013

Today, March 8, is International Women's Day, about which I have conflicting feelings.

Vermin of the Sky

Louis D. Friedman • February 19, 2013

Executive Director Emeritus Louis Friedman writes about Asteroid programs of The Planetary Society.

Observing 2012 DA14

Edward Gomez • February 18, 2013

Mostly the Universe stays unchanged for hundreds, thousands or even millions of years. There are some cases however when some things change really rapidly. Recently I observed one of these rapidly changing, transient phenomena, as asteroid called 2012 DA14. I work for Las Cumbres Observatory and we have been trying to observe this asteroid since 5 February.

Washington Update

Bill Nye • February 11, 2013

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.

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

Bruce Betts • February 01, 2013

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.

Hey look, I'm a cartoon!

Emily Lakdawalla • January 24, 2013

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

Crazy Far

Louis D. Friedman • January 14, 2013

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.

Forty years after Apollo 17's final footsteps

Andrew Chaikin • December 14, 2012

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.

One Year Ago

Casey Dreier • November 26, 2012

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

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

Emily Lakdawalla • November 20, 2012

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.

A Night To Remember: Celebrating Carl Sagan

Mat Kaplan • November 13, 2012

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.

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

Emily Lakdawalla • November 13, 2012

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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