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So you need questions answered about space

Emily Lakdawalla • June 01, 2018 • 3

A post for kids whose teachers have told them to send emails to scientists asking questions.

Speak your science: How to give a better conference talk

Emily Lakdawalla • February 06, 2018 • 5

Bad presentation often gets in the way of good science. Emily Lakdawalla offers her advice on how to present your scientific work effectively.

These are a few of our favorite things: Top 2017 planetary stories

Emily Lakdawalla • December 22, 2017

Looking back on 2017, we here at The Planetary Society are proud of what we have accomplished during this orbit of the Sun. Emily Lakdawalla, Jason Davis, Casey Dreier, and Mat Kaplan reflect on the year that was.

A writing sabbatical

Emily Lakdawalla • January 24, 2017 • 6

Four years ago, I announced that I was writing a book about Curiosity, describing the mission from its inception through its nominal mission. I am still not done, so am taking a three-month break from other work -- including this blog -- in order to focus and finish. I'm seeking scientists and engineers to serve as guest bloggers.

Curiosity Rover: Design, Planning, and Field Geology on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • February 26, 2016 • 6

Emily is back to work on her Mars Science Laboratory book, which has a new publication date and a new title.

How Can We Write About Science When People Are Dying?

Nadia Drake • November 25, 2015 • 6

Stories about exploration and wonder can be powerful antidotes to seemingly endless suffering and destruction.

Finding new language for space missions that fly without humans

Emily Lakdawalla • October 05, 2015 • 88

Historically, human spaceflight was described using the words "manned" and "unmanned," but NASA has shifted to using gender-neutral words to describe human space exploration, even though the Associated Press has not. A recent discussion on Twitter among science writers and scientists highlighted some alternatives.

LPSC 2015: "Bloggers, please do not blog about this talk."

Emily Lakdawalla • March 19, 2015 • 4

One presenter at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference asked the audience not to blog about his talk because of the embargo policy of Science and Nature. I show how this results from an incorrect interpretation of those policies. TL;DR: media reports on conference presentations do not violate Science and Nature embargo policies. Let people Tweet!

JPL Releases a Big, Bold Website Redesign

Jason Davis • October 09, 2014 • 2

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory released a major overhaul of its website. Here's a closer look.

A Glimpse Into NASA's New History Archives

Jason Callahan • September 23, 2014 • 1

NASA's immense reference collection got a makeover at its Washington, D.C. location recently. Jason Callahan gives you a glimpse behind the scenes as guests made their way into the new rooms while enjoying good conversation and, of course, Moon Pies.

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