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Snapshots from Space

by Emily Lakdawalla

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

Emily Lakdawalla

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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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Book Review: The International Atlas of Mars Exploration, by Phil Stooke

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/10/12 04:31 CDT | 3 comments

I've been waiting for the publication of this book for years. Phil Stooke's International Atlas of Mars Exploration, just published by Cambridge University Press, is an exhaustively awesome labor of love, chronicling the first five decades of Mars exploration in pictures, maps, and facts.

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An amazing LEGO model of Curiosity

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/09/03 09:15 CDT | 1 comment

A petite model of Curiosity in LEGO accurately represents many of its features and functions.

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Mars24 has been upgraded for Curiosity

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/08/03 10:46 CDT

Robert Schmunk has released a new version of the Mars24 application to help us tell time at Curiosity's landing site.

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/07/10 12:02 CDT | 12 comments

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.

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Hold the Moon in Your Hands

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/06/12 04:49 CDT | 5 comments

Sky & Telescope and Replogle Globes teamed up to take advantage of the fabulous new Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter image mosaic of the Moon to make an equally fabulous new Moon globe.

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Do you have an iPhone? Do you like the Mars rovers? Check out the awesome my3D viewer.

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/12/19 06:57 CST

The Hasbro my3D viewer turns your phone into an electronic View-Master, making it easy to view color images in stereo.

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Reviews of space-themed books for kids ages 7 and up

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/12/02 01:06 CST

OK, this is my last pile of book reviews for this year: a collection of good books for kids older than mine.

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Reviews of two modular toys: Modular Robotics Cubelets and Sifteo Cubes

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/11/30 06:08 CST

OK, these aren't strictly space-related. But they seemed so awesome I couldn't resist buying them, and I imagine they'll appeal to a lot of space geeks as they did to me.

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