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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: Atlas of the Galilean Satellites, by Paul Schenk

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/11/18 12:59 CST

Not many subjects remain for which it is possible to assemble everything that we know about it in one book. Even for those subjects for which our knowledge is limited, knowledge seems always to be expanding exponentially. This is not true, however, for the Galilean satellites of Jupiter.

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Book Review: A More Perfect Heaven, by Dava Sobel

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/11/15 10:12 CST

As with her previous two books Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, Dava Sobel draws heavily on primary sources for her latest book, A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos.

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Book Reviews: Otherworldly skies, real and imagined

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/11/02 02:12 CDT

Today I'm reviewing -- and recommending -- two art-laden books. Michael Carroll's Drifting on Alien Winds is nonfiction, while the IAAA's The Beauty of Space is an art book, but both books are about describing our understanding of the alien-yet-familiar worlds across our solar system, and what they'd look like if we could stand on them.

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Book Reviews: Two books that deliver knowledge in little chunks

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/10/18 07:55 CDT

I consider October and November to be book review season. We're well out of the mental coasting of summer and have gotten into the groove of school and work in fall, and are in the relative quiet before the insanity of the season that stretches from Thanksgiving to the New Year, when much of the Western world will be scrambling to shop for presents for friends and family.

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Book reviews: T Minus and Laika

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/05/05 11:30 CDT

I recently read two graphic novels exploring the early history of spaceflight, and I'd like to recommend both for summer reading. Although the two overlap in time, they couldn't be much more different.

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Enjoy a year in space

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/09 12:11 CST

Every year, The Planetary Society and Starry Messenger Press collaborate on a "Year in Space" desk calendar, where each week is accompanied by a gorgeous space image.

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Book reviews: Killing Pluto; Stars Above; Jars to Stars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/08 10:50 CST

I meant to get these posted weeks ago, along with my reviews of kids' space books, but better late than never!

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Stars Above, Earth Below Calendars and other space gifty goodies

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/22 04:09 CST

Ever since I first saw Tyler Nordgren's awe-inspiring photographs of the Milky Way arching above the natural wonders of the national parks, I knew I wanted them on my wall. Well, now I can get them, and you can too.

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Reviews of Ten Space-themed Books for Kids

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/19 04:38 CST

As I did last year, I'm hereby posting reviews and comments on every recent space book for kids that's crossed my desk in the last several months.

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Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: A review

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/27 05:59 CDT

Today, tomorrow, and Wednesday, about 200 scientists and engineers will sit in an over-air-conditioned room in Monrovia, California to participate in what is officially titled the "Fourth Mars Science Laboratory Landing Site Community Workshop."

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