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"Water on Mars" in Sky & Telescope

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

08-08-2013 11:44 CDT

Topics: events and announcements, about science writing

Visit your newsstand to get a copy of my latest article for Sky & Telescope, which is, I'm proud to say, the cover article of their September issue. It's about the history of water on Mars. This was a fun one to research because it made me realize how much our understanding of Mars' history has deepened over the last decade or so, and it's made me more excited about what Curiosity and Opportunity are doing on the surface now. I've already heard from two professors who say they plan to use the article in their upcoming introductory planetary science classes, which is really flattering! I asked the editor, Robert Naeye, if professors need to request permission or pay a fee in order to distribute photocopies to their students, and he said not. (But putting a copy on a website to download is a no-no.)

And since this is a blog entry of shameless self-promotion, I may as well also mention that I'm getting out to do more speaking about space, including one public event at the Cincinnati Observatory's ScopeOut telescope festival (September 14). Want to invite me to your event or to talk to students and/or faculty at your university? I promise to deliver an impassioned speech about water on Mars, or how we're living in the golden age of robotic planetary exploration, or how you can make your conference presentations better, or other topics, with lots of pretty pictures!

Sky & Telescope cover, September 2013

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Sky & Telescope cover, September 2013
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Donald Barbee: 08/08/2013 03:30 CDT

This is great Emily. The fact you got the cover is particularly helpful in furthering our efforts as members of the Planetary Society. As for any self-aggrandizement, meh, you deserve it!

Martin Collin: 08/09/2013 12:49 CDT

Congratulations on an outstanding cover-article in S&T. I've already recommended in a letter-to-the-editor of 'Astronomy' Magazine that they incorporate an article by you. You're going from strength to strength, & I wish you every success! MLC

Mean & Anomalous: 08/09/2013 02:46 CDT

Haven't read it yet, but I will soon. Congrats on the article, *and* making the cover of S&T!

Bob Ware: 08/09/2013 03:58 CDT

Congratulations on making the cover! Did you do the art work for them to use? Thanks for joining TPS too! We're glad to have you and your wonderful teaching efforts as well as your enthusiasm!

Exploitcorporations: 08/10/2013 03:09 CDT

Awesome! You're becoming one of the go-to media sources for planetary science. I can't imagine anyone better.

OkieInOKC: 08/12/2013 08:50 CDT

a new idea for earth's water is its all there in the early molten mantle, and the early impacts did not boil it out. how does this fit into earlier hypothesis of 1) steady rain of meterites or 2) one big late dollup of 1 randomly directed impactor that didn't necessarily have to be that way/

Björn Warnqvist: 08/14/2013 04:10 CDT

Congratulations Emily! Will try to find my copy of S & T in Stockholm asap.

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