Emily Lakdawalla's Planetary Society Weblog

Planetary Society Blog (10)

Rosetta end-of-mission plans: Landing site, time selected

3 hours 6 min ago
ESA's comet-chasing Rosetta spacecraft is nearing the end of its mission. Last week, ESA announced when and where Rosetta is going to touch down. And tomorrow, it will forever shut down the radio system intended for communicating with the silent Philae lander.

We’re Building a Movement!

6 hours 19 min ago
Today we launch a new expedition to engage our members in more ways than ever before. Since our inception, our members have supported The Planetary Society as we forge new paths in space science and exploration. You have always been at the center of our success and we want the structure of our membership program to reflect that by offering new benefits, premiums and payment options.

The Planetary Society at San Diego Comic-Con (UPDATED with video!)

Thursday, 7/21/2016, at 7:04 PM
Whether or not you're attending San Diego Comic-Con, you can enjoy a discussion panel with Emily Lakdawalla and five science fiction authors about the future of science fiction in the context of today's amazing scientific advances.

Multimedia recap: Two launches, a landing, a docking, and a berthing

Wednesday, 7/20/2016, at 1:35 PM
Four days of cargo craft mania came to a close at the International Space Station this morning, as astronauts Kate Rubins and Jeff Williams snagged an approaching SpaceX Dragon vehicle and berthed it to the laboratory's Harmony module.

Horizon Goal: A new reporting series on NASA’s Journey to Mars

Monday, 7/18/2016, at 8:03 AM
We're embarking on a multi-part series with the Huffington Post about the world's largest human spaceflight program. In part 1, we look at how the Columbia accident prompted NASA and the George W. Bush administration to create a new vision for space exploration.

Listen Up! Microphones to Fly to Mars

Friday, 7/15/2016, at 7:17 PM
The Mars 2020 mission will carry microphones in its EDL package and its SuperCam instrument, which will enable us to finally hear the sounds of Mars. The Planetary Society has been trying to get microphones to Mars for 20 years and is ecstatic that these will fly.

Mars 2020 rover rolls into final design and fabrication phase

Friday, 7/15/2016, at 7:16 PM
NASA's next Mars rover is rolling off the drawing board and into its final design and fabrication phase, the agency announced today, during a televised event at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory that highlighted some of the mission's technology.

Cargo craft mania! A quick guide to four days of Dragon and Progress at the ISS

Friday, 7/15/2016, at 12:33 PM
Two cargo spacecraft are heading to the International Space Station as part of a choreographed, four-day dance that begins this weekend. Here's a quick guide.

Test stand glitch halts SLS engine firing in Mississippi

Thursday, 7/14/2016, at 9:20 PM
A test stand problem cut short today's test-firing of a Space Launch System development engine at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

Pluto is not the end

Thursday, 7/14/2016, at 9:03 AM
One year after the New Horizons Pluto flyby, Emily reflects on its significance.
Planetary Society Blog (10)

Rosetta end-of-mission plans: Landing site, time selected

3 hours 6 min ago
ESA's comet-chasing Rosetta spacecraft is nearing the end of its mission. Last week, ESA announced when and where Rosetta is going to touch down. And tomorrow, it will forever shut down the radio system intended for communicating with the silent Philae lander.

We’re Building a Movement!

6 hours 19 min ago
Today we launch a new expedition to engage our members in more ways than ever before. Since our inception, our members have supported The Planetary Society as we forge new paths in space science and exploration. You have always been at the center of our success and we want the structure of our membership program to reflect that by offering new benefits, premiums and payment options.

The Planetary Society at San Diego Comic-Con (UPDATED with video!)

Thursday, 7/21/2016, at 7:04 PM
Whether or not you're attending San Diego Comic-Con, you can enjoy a discussion panel with Emily Lakdawalla and five science fiction authors about the future of science fiction in the context of today's amazing scientific advances.

Multimedia recap: Two launches, a landing, a docking, and a berthing

Wednesday, 7/20/2016, at 1:35 PM
Four days of cargo craft mania came to a close at the International Space Station this morning, as astronauts Kate Rubins and Jeff Williams snagged an approaching SpaceX Dragon vehicle and berthed it to the laboratory's Harmony module.

Horizon Goal: A new reporting series on NASA’s Journey to Mars

Monday, 7/18/2016, at 8:03 AM
We're embarking on a multi-part series with the Huffington Post about the world's largest human spaceflight program. In part 1, we look at how the Columbia accident prompted NASA and the George W. Bush administration to create a new vision for space exploration.

Listen Up! Microphones to Fly to Mars

Friday, 7/15/2016, at 7:17 PM
The Mars 2020 mission will carry microphones in its EDL package and its SuperCam instrument, which will enable us to finally hear the sounds of Mars. The Planetary Society has been trying to get microphones to Mars for 20 years and is ecstatic that these will fly.

Mars 2020 rover rolls into final design and fabrication phase

Friday, 7/15/2016, at 7:16 PM
NASA's next Mars rover is rolling off the drawing board and into its final design and fabrication phase, the agency announced today, during a televised event at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory that highlighted some of the mission's technology.

Cargo craft mania! A quick guide to four days of Dragon and Progress at the ISS

Friday, 7/15/2016, at 12:33 PM
Two cargo spacecraft are heading to the International Space Station as part of a choreographed, four-day dance that begins this weekend. Here's a quick guide.

Test stand glitch halts SLS engine firing in Mississippi

Thursday, 7/14/2016, at 9:20 PM
A test stand problem cut short today's test-firing of a Space Launch System development engine at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

Pluto is not the end

Thursday, 7/14/2016, at 9:03 AM
One year after the New Horizons Pluto flyby, Emily reflects on its significance.