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Facebook conversion

Emily Lakdawalla • July 20, 2010

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.

A brush painting for Hayabusa

Emily Lakdawalla • July 07, 2010

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.

Bill Takes a Job

Bill Nye • June 25, 2010

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

3QD Finalist!

Ryan Anderson • June 12, 2010

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.

A moment in time

Emily Lakdawalla • May 06, 2010

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.

MarsSed 2010 Field Trip Day 2: Stromatolites, Gypsum and Layers

Ryan Anderson • April 30, 2010

We started off Day 2 of the field trip by driving up onto the eroded rocks of what used to be the tidal flats of the ancient reef, between the shore and the continental shelf.

MarsSed 2010 Field Trip Day 1: Guadalupe Mountains and Evaporites

Ryan Anderson • April 26, 2010

Hello everyone, I’m back from the MarsSed 2010 meeting in El Paso!

Anticipating the end of Hayabusa

Emily Lakdawalla • April 23, 2010

A successful sample return for the Hayabusa mission will mean the fiery death of Mr. Hayabusa himself. The poignancy of this is not lost upon the people in Japan who are following the mission.

Discovery's penultimate mission to the Space Station

Ken Kremer • April 21, 2010

Planetary Society volunteer Ken Kremer witnessed the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on its STS-131 mission to the International Space Station in person and filed this report on the successful mission.

Off to MarsSed 2010

Ryan Anderson • April 17, 2010

I’m headed off to El Paso Texas tomorrow! Why? Because that’s where the Mars Sedimentology and Stratigraphy workshop is!

Revolutionary NASA Solar Explorer Roars to Space

Ken Kremer • February 15, 2010

Planetary Society volunteer Ken Kremer reports for us from the Kennedy Space Center, where he is covering the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour, set to launch this weekend.

Endeavour Launch Ignites Night Sky

Ken Kremer • February 09, 2010

Planetary Society volunteer Ken Kremer is reporting for us from the Kennedy Space Center, where he is covering the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour, set to launch this weekend.

Endeavour Crew Arrives at KSC

Ken Kremer • February 03, 2010

The crew for the STS-130 flight of shuttle Endeavour arrived at the Kennedy Space Center late in the evening on Tuesday February 2. Blastoff is slated for February 7 at 4:39 AM and will be the final night time shuttle launch.

Voting is Fixed!

Ryan Anderson • November 03, 2009

There were some issues with the voting widget on the University Science Writing competition, but they have been resolved, and it turns out it was counting the votes all along! So go vote for my post if you haven't done so yet today!

Vote Early and Often!

Ryan Anderson • November 01, 2009

Remember when I mentioned a few weeks ago that I submitted a blog post about MSL as an action-adventure hero to ScientificBlogging's science writing competition?

MSL: Mars Action Hero

Ryan Anderson • October 15, 2009

MSL is like James Bond. Want to know why?

Los Alamos

Ryan Anderson • September 15, 2009

Greetings from Los Alamos New Mexico!

Happy 3rd anniversary of the Spirit landing!

Emily Lakdawalla • August 26, 2009

"Third anniversary?" some of you may be asking. "Hasn't it been more like five years since Spirit landed?" Five Earth years, yes. But today is the third anniversary of the landing, measured in Mars years.

Deep Inside Europa

5thstar • June 23, 2009

In 1995, 572 astronaut applicants were narrowed down to 125 based on their resumes and English scores, then down to 48 based on paper exams and brief medical checks. These 48 candidates went through a week of comprehensive medical checks and job interviews.

Designing the Cassini Tour

John Smith • June 07, 2009

Each Titan flyby is not a fork in the road, but rather a Los Angeles style cloverleaf in terms of the dizzying number of possible destinations. So how did our current and future plans for the path of the Cassini spacecraft come to be? That's the question Dave Seal put to me since that's my job -- I am a tour designer.

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