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Emily Lakdawalla- The Marriage Of Science And Journalism

Emily's contributions to science communication

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Last week, I posted about the Curiosity Rover and Emily Lakdawalla, who's in the process of writing a book about Curiosity and its exploration. Emily Lakdawalla is an interesting and multi-faceted woman who has contributed immensely to science communication.

Last week, I posted about the Curiosity Rover and Emily Lakdawalla, who's in the process of writing a book about Curiosity and its exploration. Emily Lakdawalla is an interesting and multi-faceted woman who has contributed immensely to science education and journalism.

Emily's History

Emily has a Bachelor of Arts in Geology from Amherst University, and a Master of Science in planetary geology from Brown University. In the late 90s, she taught middle school science, but was inspired to complete independent research at Amherst after viewing images of Jupiter's two moons from the Galileo Mission.

At Amherst, she conducted research on the geological history of Venus, stratovolcanoes on Mars, and the Mars rover data.

The Planetary Society and the Beginning of Space Writing

In 2001, Emily joined The Planetary Society, a nonprofit that funds space science projects, advocates for NASA, and brings science to the public. During a Mars landing research project on Devon Island, Emily began writing web news article for The Planetary Society, including the Planetary Report. She soon after became a contributing editor for Sky & Telescope Magazine, in which she writes about Mars, the moon, and outer planets.

Science Communication and Media

Emily makes regular contributions podcasts, YouTube, television, and various print and online publications. In addition to the Planetary Society and Sky & Telescope, she regularly participates in the Planetary Radio Podcast, and interviews with NPR, Universe today, BBC America, BBC World News, and Cosmoquest Science Hour.

Across these mediums and many more, Emily has helped popularize science and space exploration. She plays an integral role of educating the public concerning space exploration, which is necessary for the progress and support of science.

Emily Lakdawalla Interview with BBC about Philae Landing

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Here's one of Emily's BBC interviews where she discusses the Philae landing- the European Space Agency's probe landing onto a moving comet.

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