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Emily Lakdawalla

Senior Editor at The Planetary Society

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Emily Lakdawalla Biography

Emily Lakdawalla is an internationally admired science communicator and educator, passionate about advancing public understanding of space and sharing the wonder of scientific discovery.

Lakdawalla came to The Planetary Society in 2001 to oversee a portion of the Society's Red Rover Goes to Mars project, an education and public outreach program on the Mars Exploration Rover mission funded by LEGO. She ran worldwide contests that selected and trained high school students to travel to Pasadena to participate in rover operations training exercises in 2002 and then in actual Mars Exploration Rover mission operations during January and February of 2005.

Meanwhile, Lakdawalla first blogged for the Society in 2002, as a member of a Society-funded team sent to Devon Island in the Canadian high Arctic to gather data to support future tests of autonomous software for Mars airplanes. She continued to write news articles for the Society's website for the next few years, covering a range of planetary science topics from Cassini to Mars orbiters to asteroid encounters, while also contributing articles to the Society's print publication, The Planetary Report. Another brief blogging effort coincided with the descent of the Huygens probe to Titan in January 2005, which Emily reported on from ESA mission operations in Darmstadt.

Lakdawalla then joined the operations team of the Society's Cosmos 1 solar sail mission, with a tactical responsibility for the spacecraft's camera data. But she was also tasked with a communications responsibility of writing a blog about the mission, from before to after its launch. Many days of uncertainty followed the launch failure, during which Emily's attention wandered from the sad fate of Cosmos 1 to happier events in Cassini's exploration of the Saturn system and the rovers' adventures across Mars. When the Cosmos 1 mission was declared officially over, the Planetary Society Blog continued on.

Lakdawalla has become a leader in a worldwide community of amateur space image processors. These enthusiasts take advantage of the enormous archives from five decades of planetary exploration missions, applying creative talent to the processing of sometimes gnarly data into scenes of awesome beauty. Lakdawalla frequently highlights their work on her blog, in print articles, and through public talks and private speaking engagements.

Lakdawalla's first book, The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the Mars Rover Performs Its Job was published by Springer-Praxis in March, 2018. A second book, Curiosity and Its Science Mission: A Mars Rover Goes to Work will follow in 2019. She is an expert on children's books about space and does freelance work fact-checking and writing introductions for them.

She was awarded the 2011 Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award from the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society for her blog entry about the Phoebe ring of Saturn. Asteroid 274860 was formally named "Emilylakdawalla" by the International Astronomical Union on July 12, 2014. She received an honorary doctorate from The Open University in 2017 in recognition of her contributions in communicating space science to the public.

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  • Seeing the Solar System through Robot Eyes

    In the last two decades, dozens of spacecraft have explored planets, moons, asteroids, and comets, returning a treasure trove of scientific data. Thanks to generous data release policies and the proliferation of high-speed Internet, the worldwide public has rapid access to huge quantities of spacecraft image data. Skilled amateur image processors produce stunning views of alien places, and represent a valuable and underutilized resource for increasing public support of planetary exploration.

  • The New Mars

    Was Mars ever warm and wet? or always cold and dry? Was there Martian life? Dozens of orbiters, landers, and rovers have been sent to Mars to try to answer these questions. Thanks to a recent Renaissance in Mars exploration, we now have a new picture of Mars as a complex world with a rich history. In some places, at some times, Earth-like life could have thrived there. Emily Lakdawalla will tell Mars' story and explain the science with stunning photos of the planet next door.

  • Looking for Life in the Solar System

    Lakdwalla tours the solar system with the goal of informing the audience about the variety of different science missions actively exploring our solar system right now, with emphasis on the scientific motivations for their exploration (our origins and the search for life), with lots and lots of pretty pictures.

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  • What are the speaker fees for Emily Lakdawalla

    Speaking fees for Emily Lakdawalla, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Emily Lakdawalla are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Emily Lakdawalla, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Emily Lakdawalla speak about?

    Emily Lakdawalla is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Education, Influential Women, Science and Technology, STEM, Technology Speakers, Women's Issues.
  • Where does Emily Lakdawalla travel from?

    Emily Lakdawalla generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Emily Lakdawalla’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Emily Lakdawalla for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Emily Lakdawalla for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Emily Lakdawalla or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Emily Lakdawalla Biography

Emily Lakdawalla is an internationally admired science communicator and educator, passionate about advancing public understanding of space and sharing the wonder of scientific discovery.

Lakdawalla came to The Planetary Society in 2001 to oversee a portion of the Society's Red Rover Goes to Mars project, an education and public outreach program on the Mars Exploration Rover mission funded by LEGO. She ran worldwide contests that selected and trained high school students to travel to Pasadena to participate in rover operations training exercises in 2002 and then in actual Mars Exploration Rover mission operations during January and February of 2005.

Meanwhile, Lakdawalla first blogged for the Society in 2002, as a member of a Society-funded team sent to Devon Island in the Canadian high Arctic to gather data to support future tests of autonomous software for Mars airplanes. She continued to write news articles for the Society's website for the next few years, covering a range of planetary science topics from Cassini to Mars orbiters to asteroid encounters, while also contributing articles to the Society's print publication, The Planetary Report. Another brief blogging effort coincided with the descent of the Huygens probe to Titan in January 2005, which Emily reported on from ESA mission operations in Darmstadt.

Lakdawalla then joined the operations team of the Society's Cosmos 1 solar sail mission, with a tactical responsibility for the spacecraft's camera data. But she was also tasked with a communications responsibility of writing a blog about the mission, from before to after its launch. Many days of uncertainty followed the launch failure, during which Emily's attention wandered from the sad fate of Cosmos 1 to happier events in Cassini's exploration of the Saturn system and the rovers' adventures across Mars. When the Cosmos 1 mission was declared officially over, the Planetary Society Blog continued on.

Lakdawalla has become a leader in a worldwide community of amateur space image processors. These enthusiasts take advantage of the enormous archives from five decades of planetary exploration missions, applying creative talent to the processing of sometimes gnarly data into scenes of awesome beauty. Lakdawalla frequently highlights their work on her blog, in print articles, and through public talks and private speaking engagements.

Lakdawalla's first book, The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the Mars Rover Performs Its Job was published by Springer-Praxis in March, 2018. A second book, Curiosity and Its Science Mission: A Mars Rover Goes to Work will follow in 2019. She is an expert on children's books about space and does freelance work fact-checking and writing introductions for them.

She was awarded the 2011 Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award from the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society for her blog entry about the Phoebe ring of Saturn. Asteroid 274860 was formally named "Emilylakdawalla" by the International Astronomical Union on July 12, 2014. She received an honorary doctorate from The Open University in 2017 in recognition of her contributions in communicating space science to the public.

Emily Lakdawalla Speaking Topics

  • Seeing the Solar System through Robot Eyes

    In the last two decades, dozens of spacecraft have explored planets, moons, asteroids, and comets, returning a treasure trove of scientific data. Thanks to generous data release policies and the proliferation of high-speed Internet, the worldwide public has rapid access to huge quantities of spacecraft image data. Skilled amateur image processors produce stunning views of alien places, and represent a valuable and underutilized resource for increasing public support of planetary exploration.

  • The New Mars

    Was Mars ever warm and wet? or always cold and dry? Was there Martian life? Dozens of orbiters, landers, and rovers have been sent to Mars to try to answer these questions. Thanks to a recent Renaissance in Mars exploration, we now have a new picture of Mars as a complex world with a rich history. In some places, at some times, Earth-like life could have thrived there. Emily Lakdawalla will tell Mars' story and explain the science with stunning photos of the planet next door.

  • Looking for Life in the Solar System

    Lakdwalla tours the solar system with the goal of informing the audience about the variety of different science missions actively exploring our solar system right now, with emphasis on the scientific motivations for their exploration (our origins and the search for life), with lots and lots of pretty pictures.

Emily Lakdawalla Videos

  • Emily Lakdawalla: "The Design and Engineering of Curiosity"
    Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor of the Planetary Society and self-described “Planetary Evangelist,” and Googler Scott Maxwell, a former JPL...
  • Emily Lakdawalla at the USA Science & Engineering Festival
    Tune in to watch the wildly popular writer and "Planetary Evangelist" Emily Lakdawalla from the Planetary Society at the 3rd USA Science &...

FAQs on booking Emily Lakdawalla

  • How do I book Emily Lakdawalla to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Emily Lakdawalla for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Emily Lakdawalla, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Emily Lakdawalla or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Emily Lakdawalla

    Speaking fees for Emily Lakdawalla, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Emily Lakdawalla are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Emily Lakdawalla, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Emily Lakdawalla speak about?

    Emily Lakdawalla is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Education, Influential Women, Science and Technology, STEM, Technology Speakers, Women's Issues.
  • Where does Emily Lakdawalla travel from?

    Emily Lakdawalla generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Emily Lakdawalla’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Emily Lakdawalla for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Emily Lakdawalla for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Emily Lakdawalla or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Emily Lakdawalla is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Seeing the Solar System through Robot Eyes, The New Mars and Looking for Life in the Solar System. The estimated speaking fee range to book Emily Lakdawalla for your event is available upon request. Emily Lakdawalla generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Marla Spivak, Tanima Ghosh, Alena Analeigh, Kim Ellis Hayes and Laurie Leshin. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Emily Lakdawalla for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Emily Lakdawalla Speaking Topics

  • Seeing the Solar System through Robot Eyes

    In the last two decades, dozens of spacecraft have explored planets, moons, asteroids, and comets, returning a treasure trove of scientific data. Thanks to generous data release policies and the proliferation of high-speed Internet, the worldwide public has rapid access to huge quantities of spacecraft image data. Skilled amateur image processors produce stunning views of alien places, and represent a valuable and underutilized resource for increasing public support of planetary exploration.

  • The New Mars

    Was Mars ever warm and wet? or always cold and dry? Was there Martian life? Dozens of orbiters, landers, and rovers have been sent to Mars to try to answer these questions. Thanks to a recent Renaissance in Mars exploration, we now have a new picture of Mars as a complex world with a rich history. In some places, at some times, Earth-like life could have thrived there. Emily Lakdawalla will tell Mars' story and explain the science with stunning photos of the planet next door.

  • Looking for Life in the Solar System

    Lakdwalla tours the solar system with the goal of informing the audience about the variety of different science missions actively exploring our solar system right now, with emphasis on the scientific motivations for their exploration (our origins and the search for life), with lots and lots of pretty pictures.

Emily Lakdawalla Speaker Videos

  • Emily Lakdawalla: "The Design and Engineering of Curiosity"
    Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor of the Planetary Society and self-described “Planetary Evangelist,” and Googler Scott Maxwell, a former JPL engineer, engage in a delightful discussion about her...
    Emily Lakdawalla at the USA Science & Engineering Festival
    Tune in to watch the wildly popular writer and "Planetary Evangelist" Emily Lakdawalla from the Planetary Society at the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival!

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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