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Rapping the elements, by Oortkuiper

Emily Lakdawalla • August 18, 2011

This is a bit of a departure from space science, but was so awesome, I had to share. I've always loved Tom Lehrer's "The Elements." Well, Youtube user Oortkuiper has done him an order of magnitude better.

365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: What's up in the second quarter of 2011

Emily Lakdawalla • April 07, 2011

Regular readers of this blog will find the content of today's 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast familiar, because it's an update on what the solar system exploration spacecraft are up to, based on my monthly "what's up" updates.

A radio show on Mercury and a space carnival

Emily Lakdawalla • March 28, 2011

Today's Planetary Radio features Sean Solomon on the successful arrival of MESSENGER at Mercury. After checking that out, wander over to the 190th Carnival of Space, hosted this week by Paul Gilster over at Centauri Dreams.

Neat video of Curiosity drive testing (plus a code-cracking challenge)

Emily Lakdawalla • March 21, 2011

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has posted a short video showing some recent testing of an engineering model of the Mars Science Laboratory in their outdoor Mars Yard; they're testing the performance of the rover's driving capability over slopes of varying steepness and covered with bedrock, compacted sand, and very loose sand.

365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: A MESSENGER to Mercury

Emily Lakdawalla • March 14, 2011

I've got another 365 Days of Astronomy podcast airing today, this one an overview of the MESSENGER mission with particular attention to what's been learned in the three Mercury flybys, and what's going to happen when it enters orbit only a little more than three days from now!

365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: Stardust at Tempel 1

Emily Lakdawalla • February 28, 2011

Yesterday the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast aired my contribution, Stardust at Tempel 1: The First Second Trip to a Comet.

A Planetary Society Trifecta

Charlene Anderson • February 25, 2011

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).

Video: The Frontier Is Everywhere

Charlene Anderson • January 12, 2011

A young and enthusiastic NASA supporter has married Carl Sagan's writing with images to create a YouTube video in the hope of helping NASA engage the public in its mission of exploration.

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

Emily Lakdawalla • January 12, 2011

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.

365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: Small Worlds

Emily Lakdawalla • December 27, 2010

Today the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast aired my contribution, Small Worlds, about the smaller denizens of the solar system visited in the past year, and due to be visited in the next.

Five amazing engineering camera videos from Chang'E 2

Emily Lakdawalla • November 14, 2010

I couldn't believe these videos when I first saw them: five views from engineering cameras of important events in the Chang'E 2 spacecraft's journey to the Moon.

Carnival of Space #171 and Planetary Radio on Science on the ISS

Emily Lakdawalla • September 30, 2010

Carnival of Space #171 is live over at Starry Critters. Every week, a different webmaster or blogger hosts the Carnival, showcasing articles written on the topic of space.

Seeing Curiosity

Emily Lakdawalla • September 20, 2010

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

Carnival of Space #169

Emily Lakdawalla • September 14, 2010

The 169th Carnival of Space is live over at Next Big Future. Check it out!

Fly over Saturn's icy moons

Emily Lakdawalla • September 02, 2010

A couple of weeks ago Paul Schenk posted a few really cool videos to his personal blog. Paul's subspecialty is the topography of icy moons, and he's been doing a lot of work on the moons of Saturn lately.

The 163rd Carnival of Space is here at The Planetary Society Blog

Emily Lakdawalla • July 19, 2010

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up to the greatest show off of Earth!

Full Triple-J Laser Interview

Ryan Anderson • June 08, 2010

Hey, remember when I was randomly interviewed by the Australian radio station triple j a few weeks ago as part of their feature on the 50th anniversary of the laser?

Talking Lasers on Aussie Radio

Ryan Anderson • May 13, 2010

Through a crazy random happenstance, I was just interviewed by a friend of a friend of a friend at Australian radio station 'triple j' for a feature on lasers!

Programming Note: The Pluto Files

Emily Lakdawalla • March 02, 2010

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.

A Chat on NASA, NEOs, and the Cost of Coffee on the Moon

Susan Lendroth • February 22, 2010

We wanted to share a few highlights from Lou Friedman's and Bill Nye's UStream chat on The New NASA Plan.

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