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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.

Canto IV: A Cog in the Wheel, a New Star in the Sky

David Seal • June 06, 2009

David Seal talks about his experience working with Kevin Beurle.

Connections

David Seal • June 02, 2009

David Seal muses on his time as the mission planner for Cassini, and the history behind its name, and astronomy in Rome.

The Martian Craters Asimov and Danielson

Ken Edgett • May 27, 2009

The Martian Craters Asimov and Danielson

Fly me to the Moon...

Jim Bell • May 04, 2009

Jim Bell describes his proposal to join the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Cameras science team.

Planetary Surface Processes Field Trip: Day 7

Ryan Anderson • March 22, 2009

Friday was the last day of the field trip, and we spent it at the Petrified Forest National Park.

Planetary Surface Processes Field Trip: Day 5

Ryan Anderson • March 19, 2009

Today was a long and awesome day. We started out at Meteor Crater, the youngest and best preserved impact crater on Earth!

Planetary Surface Processes Field Trip: Day 4

Ryan Anderson • March 18, 2009

Today we visited the Grand Canyon. If you haven’t been there before, there is no way to convey what it is like.

Planetary Surface Processes Field Trip: Day 3

Ryan Anderson • March 16, 2009

Today was all about volcanoes.

Planetary Surface Processes Field Trip: Day 2

Ryan Anderson • March 16, 2009

Today we made our way from Phoenix north to Flagstaff, and on the way stopped to check out some interesting geology in Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon.

Planetary Surface Processes Field Trip: Day 1

Ryan Anderson • March 14, 2009

After a hectic week of tying up loose ends and running around like a chicken with its head cut off, I now have my proster done for the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, and am in Phoenix for the Planetary Surface Processes field trip, led by my adviser Jim Bell.

I am totally hooked on Scott Maxwell's new Mars Exploration Rover blog

Emily Lakdawalla • January 06, 2009

Scott Maxwell is one of those many guys (and gals) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory who rarely gets his name in the news but who is absolutely indispensable to the success of a space mission. I don't know what his official title is, but whatever it is, it's not as good as the colloquial name given to his position: Rover Driver.

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