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Shuttle LIFE is go for launch with Endeavour!

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2011/04/29 04:02 CDT

The Planetary Society's Shuttle LIFE experiment is now go for launch on Endeavour's STS-134 mission. I came down to Florida for the loading of our tiny sample tubes into the CREST-1 (Commercial Reusable Experiments for Science & Technology) payload block.

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Happy Earth Day!

Posted by Bill Nye on 2011/04/22 02:30 CDT | 1 comments

The Earth is important, and sometimes we need a reminder as to just how fragile it is.

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Face-to-face with Curiosity

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/04/04 04:54 CDT

I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity today for a face-to-face visit with one of the biggest celebrities in my world: Curiosity, the next Mars rover. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory gave members of the media a chance to suit up in the white coveralls known as "bunny suits" and enter the Spacecraft Assembly Facility, the clean room in which Curiosity is being assembled and prepared for launch.

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Nick Schneider: Notes on an earthquake

Posted by Nick Schneider on 2011/03/16 10:39 CDT

I was heading south to Tokyo with Seiko and Ishi, two students from the conference. We were planning a dinner together, maybe catching the nighttime skyline from the top of Tokyo Tower. I dozed off as the train flew silently through the countryside. Next thing I knew, Seiko was shaking me awake saying "Earthquake! Earthquake."

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My day with Hawking and Aldrin

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2011/02/02 12:12 CST

I was very fortunate to be able to meet with Stephen Hawking and Buzz Aldrin over lunch at Hawking's temporary home in Pasadena this week. We got together to discuss views on the future of human space exploration.

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"A genuinely weird experience": A video of Steve Squyres explaining a photo of Steve Squyres

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/01/12 10:09 CST

In a lovely talk, in his uncommonly engaging way, Steve Squyres presents the portrait of him that now hangs in the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.

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Discovery Launch Scrubbed, Again

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2010/11/05 02:54 CDT

The launch has been scrubbed once again due to a critical hydrogen leak detected once fueling had been underway for a while.

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Space Shuttle: Not Designed by Hollywood

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2010/11/02 01:42 CDT

A brief musing on the public opinion of the shuttle when it was first unveiled, and now, as it's about to be retired.

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There is something about the space shuttle...

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2010/11/01 06:48 CDT

Mat Kaplan relays his experiences and thoughts as he makes his way to the Kennedy Space Center to witness the launch of the shuttle Discovery.

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Field trip to Piton

Posted by Rosaly Lopes on 2010/10/07 05:22 CDT

Rosaly Lopes relates her time at a workshop in Piton.

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Expedition to Piton volcano, Reunion Island

Posted by Rosaly Lopes on 2010/10/02 11:05 CDT

It so happens that there is a Calderas Workshop going on the same week as DPS and I was invited to talk about planetary calderas. I chose several on Venus, Mars and Io to focus on.

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The Geology of Glacier National Park: Part 1

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/08/08 04:35 CDT

Well, the field trip is over and I am happy to say that I was not eaten by any bears. They seemed much more interested in the huckleberries.

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Some profiles of women in planetary science

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/03 05:18 CDT

It seems like a good time to feature the profiles of women space scientists that have been gracing the pages of Susan Niebur's Women in Planetary Science Blog.

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Big Sky Country

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/07/31 07:20 CDT

Well folks, I'm headed off to Big Sky Country tomorrow (aka Montana)! I'll start the week at the MSL camera team meeting, where I will get all sorts of cool news about the MastCam, MAHLI and MARDI cameras which I will not be able to share with you.

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Umbra in Paradise: The July 11, 2010 Planetary Society Solar Eclipse Expedition

Posted by Jim Bell on 2010/07/30 11:04 CDT

If you've never seen a total eclipse of the Sun, make sure to put one on your bucket list!

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Facebook conversion

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/20 05:31 CDT

I both love and hate Facebook. It's enabled me to reconnect personally with lots of long-lost friends from high-school and college, not just virtually but also helping me meet up with people as I travel. But despite the proliferation of Facebook presences of space missions and NASA centers, I've found it next to useless professionally.

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A brush painting for Hayabusa

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/07 03:16 CDT

Upon James Aldridge's return from Japan, he posted several albums worth of amazing photos, including several of their calligraphy instructor, well-known artist Aiko Tanaka, creating a gestural brush painting to commemorate Hayabusa's return.

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Bill Takes a Job

Posted by Bill Nye on 2010/06/25 11:56 CDT

Bill gives an introduction about his feelings on his new position here at The Planetary Society.

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3QD Finalist!

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/06/12 04:35 CDT

It looks like my MSL: Mars Action Hero post is a finalist in the 3 Quarks Daily science blogging contest. The winners will be chosen by none other than Richard Dawkins.

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A moment in time

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/06 05:39 CDT

On Mars, at 15:00 local true solar time on May 2, a solitary rover gazed southward across her own dusty deck and snapped three photos, actually three sets of three photos, which were combined to make this view.

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