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Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 6: Travellers' Tales
Voyager is the ultimate expression of our desire to explore

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/11/25 03:56 CST | 12 comments

The Voyager mission may be the ultimate expression of our desire to explore, but why does that will exist in the first place? Why is it unique to humans?

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Reviews of toys for kids of space geeks

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/11/25 10:00 CST

Have kids to buy gifts for? I review some space-themed toys for kids age 1 to 12 or so: the Snap Circuits Deluxe Rover; astronaut costume accessories; the latest incarnation of Astronaut Barbie; and Lift Off Rocket Play Set. I also have a few construction toys to recommend.

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Reviews of space-themed books for children

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/11/13 10:50 CST

It's time for my annual roundup of reviews of space-themed books for children! I have lots of fiction and nonfiction books to recommend, for toddlers to teens.

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Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 5: Blues for a Red Planet
Where Mars stubbornly refuses to be what we desire

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/11/12 02:24 CST | 12 comments

Episode 5 focuses on Mars, the planet that has stubbornly refused to conform to the wishes of humanity for hundreds of years, from Lowell to Sagan. Grab your cosmo and join our discussion of 'Blues for a Red Planet.'

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Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 4: Heaven & Hell
In which face the consequences of our own knowledge

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/11/04 11:53 CST | 7 comments

Humans face the consequences of our own knowledge about the cosmos in this latest episode recap and analysis of Carl Sagan's classic series.

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Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 3: The Harmony of the Worlds
In which Mars changes the course of human history

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/10/29 03:33 CDT | 7 comments

We continue our analysis of Cosmos as we jump back in time to see the birth of modern science with Johannes Kepler or, as Sagan calls it, the first fusion of "imagination with observation." Welcome to Episode 3: The Harmony of the Worlds.

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Book review: LEGO Space: Building the Future

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/10/23 08:03 CDT | 4 comments

This book is so great. I cannot imagine how many hours of happy building went into the development of the various LEGO ships and space bases included in this book, but I wish I could have participated.

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The "Starship Century" Beckons
Gregory and James Benford return to Planetary Radio

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/10/01 10:30 CDT

The Benford brothers provide inspiration and hard fact in their excellent new anthology about interstellar travel.

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Book Review: Rock Star: Adventures of a Meteorite Man, by Geoff Notkin

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/09/20 10:41 CDT | 3 comments

Rock Star -- the memoir of television "Meteorite Man" Geoff Notkin -- is a life's journey full of joy, wonder, and fun, and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

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Book review: Destiny or Chance Revisited

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/09/04 01:02 CDT | 1 comments

What have the recent discoveries of thousands of exoplanets told us about how we got here, and whether we are alone? In Destiny or Chance Revisited, Stuart Ross Taylor attempts to answer those two questions.

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Book review: Europe to the Stars, by Govert Schilling and Lars Lindberg Christensen

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/08/16 11:05 CDT

The world's great telescopes capture stunning photographs of stars, nebulae, and other sky phenomena. In Europe to the Stars, authors Govert Schilling and Lars Lindberg Christensen share many such photos. But the real stars of this book are the great telescopes of the European Southern Observatory.

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Woohoo! The LEGO Curiosity rover is going to be a kit!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/06/18 07:02 CDT | 2 comments

The awesome LEGO Curiosity rover designed by Stephen Pakbaz is going to go into production!

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Book Review: Cosmochemistry, by Harry McSween and Gary Huss

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/04/02 01:43 CDT | 1 comments

This very accessible textbook begins at the beginning, explaining how all the things in the solar system were made from star stuff.

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More recommended nonfiction and activity space books for children

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/12/11 04:59 CST | 2 comments

My final set of reviews of children's books for 2012: five recommended nonfiction books for a range of ages.

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Reviews of nonfiction book series for children

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/12/10 05:49 CST

Here are four recommended space nonfiction book series that would make excellent additions to any children's library.

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Two beautiful space picture books by Michael Benson

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/11/26 12:03 CST | 2 comments

Michael Benson's Planetfall and a children's edition of his earlier book Beyond put the gorgeous pictures returned from space front and center.

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A spectacular calendar for 2013

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/11/13 09:02 CST | 2 comments

Steve Cariddi's Year in Space wall calendar crams an incredible variety of information into a beautiful, large wall calendar that is great for grownups, kids, or classrooms.

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Reviews of space-themed story books for children

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/10/29 11:20 CDT

In an annual tradition, I review eight children's story books with planetary and astronomy themes. Favorites include Pieces of Another World by Mara Rockliff and Solar System Forecast by Kelly Kizer Whitt.

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DPS 2012: Who were you wearing?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/10/24 04:32 CDT | 2 comments

Scientific conferences have become more fun since it suddenly became cool to be a geek. I thoroughly enjoy the "geek uniform" of witty T-shirt and jeans, and did my best to wardrobe myself in relevant geekwear each day of the meeting. This post is for all the people at DPS who asked where my clothes came from.

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Book Review: Planetary Surface Processes, by H. Jay Melosh

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/10/23 12:18 CDT | 2 comments

Planetary Surface Processes provides a rigorous overview of every process that shapes the appearance of planetary surfaces, and I'll be referring to it to help me explain everything from impact cratering to isostasy.

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