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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.

Join Our Sagan Celebration

Mat Kaplan • November 09, 2012

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!

A dispatch from J-school: two short videos

Jason Davis • October 23, 2012

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

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

Daniel Fischer • October 10, 2012

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.

International Astronautical Congress 2012 Recap

Bill Nye • October 09, 2012

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.

Celebrate Planetary Radio's 10th Birthday!

Mat Kaplan • September 28, 2012

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.

Staying Put Means Death

Andrew Chaikin • July 18, 2012

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

Notes from a Red Planet: Ray Bradbury

Scott Maxwell • June 06, 2012

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

Inspiring Neil Armstrong videos

Andrea Carroll • May 30, 2012

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

Making eclipse magic

Emily Lakdawalla • May 16, 2012

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

Video: We Must Explore

Andrew Chaikin • May 04, 2012

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.”

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

Ben Cooper • April 08, 2012

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.

Interesting times for young planetary researchers

Matt Siegler • March 21, 2012

After NASA Night at the 2012 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, Texas, a group of young scientists (most of us just out of graduate school) met to discuss what we could do both in the near and far term to revive NASA's ability to continue the flagship mission program we would all like to see in our future.

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