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by Emily Lakdawalla

Follow the thrilling adventures of planetary missions, past and present, and see the stunningly beautiful photos that they return from space!

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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 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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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 | 1 comment

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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