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Press briefing schedule for Curiosity (assuming a nominal landing)

Emily Lakdawalla • July 30, 2012

JPL has published a schedule for press briefings in the first week of Curiosity's mission on Mars.

Pretty Panoramas: Opportunity at Whim Creek

Emily Lakdawalla • July 30, 2012

I know it’s been all Curiosity, all the time on this blog for the last couple of weeks, and that’s not likely to change much for the next couple of weeks. But I don’t want people to forget that there’s another rover exploring Mars’ ancient geology. Opportunity has been taking spectacular photos of Whim Creek and Endeavour Crater this last week.

Cosmoquest Science Hangout Wednesday August 1: Mihály Horányi, lunar dust expert

Jason Davis • July 30, 2012

I'll be guest hosting this week's Cosmoquest Science Hangout on Wednesday, August 1. The show starts at 2300 UTC, and my special guest is Mihály Horányi.

Celebrate Curiosity with a “Party on Mars!” Saturday night!

Emily Lakdawalla • July 30, 2012

Join me and Bill Nye to blow off some steam on Saturday night as we anticipate Curiosity’s landing! In the spirit of such nerdtacular gatherings as W00tstock and LeetUp, we’re having a big party at the Paseo Colorado here in Pasadena to celebrate Curiosity!

Dawn Journal: The long, slow goodbye

Marc Rayman • July 26, 2012

Dawn has completed the final intensive phase of its exploration of Vesta, and it has now begun its gradual departure for Ceres.

The Planetary Report, June 2012: Dark Skies?

Emily Lakdawalla • July 25, 2012

The June Solstice issue of our member magazine The Planetary Report is out! The feature article, by W. Scott Kardel of the International Dark-Sky Association, looks at the ecological, economic, and philosophical problem of light pollution. My inside-the-cover Snapshots from Space features image processing work by Gordan Ugarkovic. Bill Nye's Planetary Society Kids section shows you how to build your own MarsDial, and on its back page I share some weird and interesting facts about Mars' moons.

Can tweets recap a new media space workshop?

Jason Davis • July 24, 2012

Recapping the 2012 University of Colorado Laboratory for Atmospheric Space Physics new media workshop with attendees' tweets.

Sally Ride, 1951 - 2012

Bill Nye • July 23, 2012

Sally Ride changed the world. We are very sorry to hear of her recent death after a nearly two-year battle with cancer. Dr. Ride was an excellent astronaut, a remarkable educator, and a longtime Planetary Society friend and adviser.

When will we see Curiosity's first images?

Emily Lakdawalla • July 23, 2012

Enough people have asked me when we'll see Curiosity's first images from the surface of Mars that I sought out an answer. The short version: it depends.

Curiosity's seventeenth camera: MARDI

Emily Lakdawalla • July 20, 2012

Curiosity is equipped with seventeen cameras. One of them, the Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) will capture a movie as the rover descends to the surface.

Got questions about Curiosity? I've got answers for you

Emily Lakdawalla • July 19, 2012

Whether you are a scientist or a layman, if you have ever asked yourself any question about Curiosity, I strongly suggest that you read the newly published press kit!

Staying Put Means Death

Andrew Chaikin • July 18, 2012

Chaikin interviews Mars scientist Nathalie Cabrol who talks about her passion for exploration and urges America to explore even in tough economic times.

Cosmoquest Science Hangout Wednesday July 18 2300 UTC: Jeff Foust, space industry analyst

Jason Davis • July 18, 2012

I hosted this week's Cosmoquest Science Hangout for Emily, and my guest was space industry analyst Jeff Foust, editor of The Space Review.

A plea to Mars Science Laboratory team members: write your experiences down

Emily Lakdawalla • July 17, 2012

In which I beg the people working on Curiosity to write about what happens in the coming weeks, even if you never share those writings publicly.

A fifth moon for Pluto, and a possible hazard for New Horizons

Emily Lakdawalla • July 16, 2012

Pluto is now known to have at least five moons (Charon, Nix, Hydra, P4, and the newly discovered P5), and its burgeoning population might pose a risk to New Horizons during its flyby, three years from now.

Checking in on NASA's Space Launch System

Jason Davis • July 11, 2012

Work continues on the Space Launch System, NASA's next-generation deep space vehicle slated to take humans beyond Earth for the first time since 1972.

A blog that started out as a product review, but turned into something else entirely

Emily Lakdawalla • July 10, 2012

A review of the Aeromax "NASA Junior Astronaut Suit Child Costume," with bonus review of a backyard airplane teeter-totter. But the review took a turn that I was not prepared for.

Dawn Journal: Seeing Vesta in a New Light

Marc Rayman • July 06, 2012

Once again Dawn is diligently mapping Vesta, circling the ancient protoplanet about twice a day, observing the signatures of Vesta's tortured history.

How Curiosity Will Land on Mars, Part 3: Skycrane and Landing

Emily Lakdawalla • July 06, 2012

The final phase of Curiosity's landing on Mars involves the "skycrane maneuver" and will leave the rover on its wheels ready for its mission on Mars to begin.

Birth of a New Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • July 05, 2012

As astronaut Don Pettit prepared for his return to Earth, he tweeted several beautiful shots from the Space Station.

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