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Spectacular animation of Halley's comet
(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 01:50:00 CDT 2012)
It's a holiday and I'm enjoying time with the family, so rather than write a lot, I will let a spectacular image do the talking for me. Here is an animation of data from ESA's first interplanetary spacecraft, Giotto, launched to study H...
We didn't start the science
(Web Page; Mon Feb 04 16:04:00 CST 2013)
Oh this is fun. Andy Rivkin is an asteroid astronomer, an officer in the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, and troubadour. That's all the introduction you need to this video.
Nice job, Andy! Here's ...
Description: Asteroid astronomer Andy Rivkin has posted to YouTube his own awesome version of "We Didn't Start the Fire" -- with planetary science lyrics.
Things that probably won't ever be called planets, but maybe they should
(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 02:01:00 CDT 2012)
EDIT: I have now posted a single-image version of the scale asteroids and comets montage for your downloading pleasure. --ESLThe longer I listened to the "great planet debate" last week, the more strongly I felt that if it were up to me,...
Description: Things that probably won't ever be called planets, but maybe they should
DPS 2013: The fascination of tiny worlds
(Web Page; Fri Oct 18 11:31:00 CDT 2013)
The Division for Planetary Sciences meeting featured a broad, enjoyable set of plenary talks this year (though there can and should have been more women giving talks -- no women received prizes from the DPS this year, which just stinks)....
Description: In which I summarize Joe Veverka's Kuiper Prize talk at the Division for Planetary Sciences meeting: "Small is NOT Dull: Unravelling the Complexity of Surface Processes on Asteroids, Comets and Small Satellites."
Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 4: Heaven & Hell
(Web Page; Tue Nov 12 02:45:00 CST 2013)
« Episode 3: TheHarmony of the Worlds
Episode 5: Bluesfor a Red Planet »
Halley's comet has caused a lot of trouble over the years. Wars, political upheavals, treachery, panic, and fear could all be expected i...
Description: Humans face the consequences of our own knowledge about the cosmos in this latest episode recap and analysis of Carl Sagan's classic series.
The role of press releases in space news coverage
(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 01:22:00 CDT 2012)
I was not trained as a journalist, so before I started working for the Planetary Society I had no understanding of how much news reporters depend upon press releases to generate story ideas. Did you know that most of the news that you r...
Description: The role of press releases in space news coverage
Galileo Messengers: Cruise to Venus, Earth, Gaspra, Earth, Ida, and almost to Jupiter
(Web Page; Tue Feb 05 10:38:00 CST 2013)
Almost exactly a year ago now, I wrote a post about the Galileo Messengers, newsletters that the Jet Propulsion Laboratory published a few times a year about the Galileo Jupiter mission. That post only covered the first 21 issues, which ...
Description: It's taken me a year to face the emotionally draining task of reading and writing about Galileo's cruise phase as chronicled in the mission's newsletters.
Deep Impact encounter minus 3 days
(Web Page; Thu Aug 29 17:58:00 CDT 2013)
Jul 1, 2005 | 09:34 PDT | 16:34 UTC: I'm on location for Deep Impact
OK, I'm in...I arrived at an unusually empty Jet Propulsion Laboratory this morning in advance of the first Deep Impact encounter press conference. (It's empty because...
Description: OK, I'm in...I arrived at an unusually empty Jet Propulsion Laboratory this morning in advance of the first Deep Impact encounter press conference.