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Pretty pictures: Gliding flight for SpaceShipTwo

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/04/05 12:46 CDT | 8 comments

Some beautiful photos of a recent gliding flight test of SpaceShipTwo.

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Covering the European Geosciences Conference in Vienna

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/04 05:50 CDT | 3 comments

Live in Vienna? Attending EGU? I'll be covering the conference next week for the Society.

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April 12, 2013: Yuri’s Night Rocks the Planet!!!

Posted by Danielle Hannah on 2013/04/04 03:15 CDT | 2 comments

On April 12, 2013, the world’s biggest space party will take place across the globe. So far there are 190 parties in 32 countries on 6 continents registered and counting!!

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Better conference talks

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/04/04 11:37 CDT | 29 comments

I've been to a lot of conferences and seen a lot of talks and it's amazing to me how a bad presentation can get in the way of really exciting science. Here are my recommendations for how to approach a talk, and tips and tricks to make your talk better.

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What To Watch For In The 2014 Budget

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/03 06:34 CDT | 3 comments

Here are the big items to watch for when the White House proposes its 2014 budget on April 10th.

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Planetary Society Weekly Hangout: Programming in the Sciences
Thursday, Apr 4th at noon PDT/1900 UTC

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/03 02:30 CDT

Thursday, Apr 4th at noon PDT/1900 UTC we continue our weekly Live Hangouts. Join us this week with Chase Million, founder of Million Concepts, a company devoted to providing high-quality code to scientists.

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LPSC 2013: Seeing in Permanent Shadow

Posted by Michael Poston on 2013/04/03 01:21 CDT | 1 comment

The case for water ice hidden in permanently shadowed regions at the north pole of the planet Mercury received another boost recently. On Wednesday March 20, 2013 at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Nancy Chabot presented the very first visible-light images of what is in the shadows of these polar craters.

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Bringing an Asteroid Home

Posted by Van Kane on 2013/04/03 01:08 CDT | 6 comments

Aviation Week and Space Technology reports that the President’s next budget request for NASA will include funds to begin developing a mission to bring an asteroid to the Earth-moon system. The initial goal will be to provide a destination for a manned mission to an asteroid, but if the idea works, it could kick start asteroid mining.

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Robot Shaming

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/04/03 11:14 CDT | 2 comments

Some silly fun to brighten your Wednesday.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Hunkers Down for Solar Conjunction, Final Science on Matijevic Hill
Sols 3236 - 3265

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2013/04/02 02:07 CDT | 5 comments

As the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission trekked further into its tenth year of exploring the Red Planet, Opportunity spent the month of March finishing up its science investigations on Matijevic Hill.

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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 comment

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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Ice Cap to Ice Cap with Mars Odyssey

Posted by Bill Dunford on 2013/04/02 11:24 CDT | 2 comments

Explore the mysterious Martian landscape with the workhorse of the Solar System, Mars Odyssey.

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ISRO's Mars mission now undergoing assembly and testing; NASA, ISRO agree to future space science cooperation

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/04/01 02:36 CDT | 2 comments

India's Mars Orbiter Mission has been much in the news in Asian media over the last week as a result of the release of ISRO's Annual Report 2012-2013. Also, ISRO and NASA issued a joint statement from Washington a week ago endorsing interagency cooperation in the space sciences

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