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We Roasted and We Toasted...

Posted by Bill Nye on 2011/05/05 02:32 CDT

Last Saturday, April 30, 2011, the Planetary Society roasted and toasted Lou Friedman -- our cofounder and retiring Executive Director.

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Please join us to send off Lou Friedman in style!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/04/15 04:25 CDT

We're going to celebrate Lou Friedman's 30 years of service to the Planetary Society by mercilessly making fun of him at a gala "Roast and Toast" event in downtown Los Angeles on April 30. (We will probably say some very nice things about him too.)

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Our Thoughts Are With Friends in Japan

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/03/12 09:41 CST

Yesterday, after the earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan, we sent out the e-mail message below and were elated to receive a response almost immediately from one of our members in Tokyo. We are also excited to report that Tak Iyori, the Executive Director of Planetary Society/Japan, is also safe.

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A Planetary Society Trifecta

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/02/25 03:25 CST

A Planetary Society trifecta -- that's what Neil Tyson calls this episode of his StarTalk radio show broadcast this week. His guests include the Society's Vice President, Heidi Hammel, and its Executive Director, Bill Nye, (along with the Society's friend, Steve Squyres, Principal Investigator for the Mars Exploration Rovers).

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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 Worldwide Game of "Telephone" Distorts NASA Meeting

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/01/18 11:48 CST | 1 comments

In the last couple of weeks, media outlets around the world have been reporting that NASA recently convened a private meeting at JPL to identify the worst movies ever made, scientifically speaking. It seemed like a good story. The problem was that it wasn't true.

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365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: Unmanned Space Exploration in 2011

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/01/12 10:32 CST

Today the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast aired my contribution, Unmanned Space Exploration in 2011, about what to look forward to in solar system exploration this year.

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A unique look inside the SOFIA telescope and other cool stuff

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/29 12:14 CST

Did you know that before Bill Nye was the Planetary Guy or even the Science Guy he was an aerospace engineer, designing components for the Boeing 747?

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Rover news; Earth-size exoplanets; Future of Russian space

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/01 03:50 CDT

Just a linky post here.

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Getting ready for the USA Science & Engineering Festival

Posted by Susan Lendroth on 2010/10/22 06:51 CDT

The Planetary Society booth is ready to go for the USA Science & Engineering Festival being held this weekend on the National Mall in Washington DC.

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Seeing Curiosity

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/20 04:32 CDT

I've been itching to get back to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to get a good look at Curiosity, the next Mars rover.

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Bill Nye Given the World(s)

Posted by Susan Lendroth on 2010/09/07 07:01 CDT

Lou Friedman handed off the keys to the Planetary Society -- and a few worlds as well -- to new Executive Director Bill Nye.

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Help explorers from Earth travel to new places in our Solar System

Posted by Bill Nye on 2010/09/01 09:41 CDT

Nobel Prize laureates and former NASA officials have come together to express concern over the House of Representatives Science Committee's proposed budget for NASA.

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Three things to watch

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/20 05:38 CDT

It's high summer (in the northern hemisphere anyway) and many of you may be seeking shelter from the heat. If you need to collapse on the couch and watch TV, I have three space-y recommendations for you.

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Bill Nye Cuts the Ribbon at New Headquarters

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/06 04:33 CDT

We brought in the big scissors to inaugurate our new Planetary Society headquarters. Incoming Executive Director, Bill Nye, cut the red ribbon at the Open House held August 5, 2010.

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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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Lou Friedman is "our man in Japan" to watch IKAROS sail deployment

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/03 04:58 CDT

Planetary Society Executive Director Lou Friedman is now in Japan, joining the rest of the IKAROS team to watch the eagerly anticipated deployment of its solar sails.

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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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Programming Note: The Pluto Files

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/02 05:49 CST

This is just a brief note to advertise this evening's edition of NOVA on public television here in the U.S. The show is "The Pluto Files" and is hosted by former Planetary Society president Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

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Inside the U.N.'s Near Earth Object Working Group

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2010/02/15 06:10 CST

This week Bruce Betts is attending a U.N. meeting in Austria, in particular the parts focused on international considerations of the near-Earth object threat.

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