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The March Equinox 2013 issue of The Planetary Report is out!

Posted by Donna Stevens on 2013/03/15 07:18 CDT | 2 comments

I’m happy to tell you that the March Equinox 2013 issue of The Planetary Report is hot off the presses and will begin mailing next week.

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Reports from the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/03/15 04:38 CDT | 5 comments

I depart tomorrow for Houston and the annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC). Here's a look at how to follow the meeting on social media, and where to find me if you're also attending.

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Send Us Your Sequestration Stories
Let's put a human face on the policy

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/03/15 04:36 CDT | 3 comments

Are you a scientist or student that has felt an impact from sequestration? Tell us your story.

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Sequestration Claims its First Victim at NASA
Conference travel and participation severely restricted

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/03/14 07:18 CDT | 4 comments

The first major effects of Sequestration were felt at NASA yesterday, with new rules severely restricting travel and scientific conference attendance by NASA scientists and contractors.

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Comet PANSTARRS from the other side of the Sun!

Posted by Karl Battams on 2013/03/14 05:21 CDT | 8 comments

Comet PANSTARRS is delighting northern hemisphere viewers right now. But it's also big, bright, and beautiful to the STEREO spacecraft.

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Planetary Society Weekly Hangout: Being WISE about asteroids, comets, and brown dwarfs with Amy Mainzer

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/03/14 02:00 CDT

This week I'll be talking with NEOWISE principal investigator Amy Mainzer about moving objects that the WISE mission has spotted both inside and outside our solar system.

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Yes, it was once a Martian lake: Curiosity has been sent to the right place

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/03/12 05:36 CDT | 7 comments

The news from the Curiosity mission today is this: Curiosity has found, at the site called John Klein, a rock that contains evidence for a past environment that would have been suitable for Earth-like microorganisms.

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Checking in on Jupiter

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/03/12 01:57 CDT | 2 comments

We don't have any spacecraft at Jupiter right now, which is a pity. Until we do, we have to rely upon Earth-based astronomers to monitor the changing face of the largest planet.

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The First Taste of Mars

Posted by Bill Dunford on 2013/03/11 10:53 CDT | 3 comments

Nearly four decades before Curiosity, we dug into Mars for the first time. The pictures are still amazing.

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Atacama Diary for March 10, 2013--Pisco Sours and Liquid Helium

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/03/10 11:10 CDT

Great dinner and great conversation with staff of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, topped by Chile's national drink.

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Atacama Diary for March 8, 2013-Noon at LAX

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/03/09 05:32 CST

Another audio blog post, with excerpts from the National Science Foundation briefing on the ALMA Observatory, edited while I was waiting for my planet to Chile at LAX.

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Rep. Adam Schiff Responds to Questions on Planetary Science Funding

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/03/08 12:43 CST | 2 comments

Rep. Adam Schiff's response to the state of Planetary Science funding from his recent online town hall.

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A post about International Women's Day

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/03/08 11:22 CST | 7 comments

Today, March 8, is International Women's Day, about which I have conflicting feelings.

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Planetary Society Hangout: March 7th, 2013 - What's Going On With Curiosity and a NASA Budget Update
Thursday at noon PST/3pm EST/20:00 UT

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/03/07 12:35 CST | 3 comments

Thursday at noon PST/3pm EST/20:00 UT we check in with Emily Lakdawalla to bring us up to speed with Curiosity's computer problems and we check in on NASA's budget status.

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Instruments for the JUICE Jovian Mission

Posted by Van Kane on 2013/03/07 12:20 CST | 6 comments

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced the list of instruments selected for its JUICE mission to explore the Jovian system for three years starting in the 2030 following a 2022 launch.

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VIDEO: Watch Jim Bell's Public Lecture at Caltech
Exploring Mars, the Moon, Asteroids, and Comets with Rovers and Landers

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2013/03/06 06:00 CST | 1 comments

The Planetary Society President wows his audience with this presentation that is chock full of beautiful space images.

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Meteor showers on Titan: an example of why Twitter is awesome for scientists and the public

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/03/06 12:48 CST | 5 comments

I use a variety of social networking tools to perform my job, but there's one that's more important and valuable to me than all the rest combined: Twitter. Yesterday afternoon there was a discussion on Twitter that exemplifies its value and fun: are there visible meteors on Titan?

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Sea Salt

Posted by Mike Brown on 2013/03/06 10:41 CST | 3 comments

Ever wonder what it would taste like if you could lick the icy surface of Jupiter’s Europa? The answer may be that it would taste a lot like that last mouthful of water that you accidentally drank when you were swimming at the beach on your last vacation.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Begins Wrapping Science on Matijevic Hill
Sols 3209 - 3235

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2013/03/06 01:03 CST | 1 comments

As February turned to March, Opportunity was conducting some of its final science investigations on Matijevic Hill, the MER team was making preparations for the robot field geologist's trek south for the next winter, and the Mars Exploration Rovers mission was checking off another month of exploration.

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Ask Rep. Adam Schiff About Planetary Science

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/03/05 06:53 CST

Rep. Adam Schiff is holding an online town hall on Wednesday, March 6th at 2:30pm PST. If you live in his district, it is a great time to ask about the status of Planetary Science funding on Twitter or his Facebook page.

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