• All posts by Julia DeMarines

    Julia DeMarines

    About Julia DeMarines

    Julia DeMarines, M.Sc., is a Planetary Science PhD student at Hampton University in Virginia, as well as a co-founder of www.SAGANet.org, and an avid science communicator. Her most notable science communication endeavor is Space in Your Face!, a hilarious, over-the-top informal educational program held in Denver. Previously she was working as an education officer on board the JOIDES Resolution scientific research vessel. Prior to that she worked at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science as the Research Assistant to the Curator of Astrobiology (David Grinspoon) on constraints for life on Titan as well as E/PO for the Mars Science Lab's instrument called Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) currently on Mars. In 2011, she received her M.Sc in Space Studies from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. She received her undergraduate degree in Astronomy with a minor in Geology from the University of Colorado. Her research focus has been primarily on the remote detection of biosignatures on extrasolar atmospheres, social implications of Astrobiology and messaging to Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI). Outside of science, you might find Julia taking photographs, trail running, bike riding, cooking up a vegan storm, sleeping in obscure places, wearing astronomically enhanced clothing, and cracking Uranus jokes.

  • Follow Friday! Our choice: Science Communicator, Emily Lakdawalla

    Here at Pale Blue Blog, we are attempting to join in on the #FollowFriday fun! If this statement puzzles you, then you are probably not on Twitter. That’s ok though, according to The Oatmealmost tweeters aren’t up to snuff with how #FollowFriday is supposed to work, so you’re probably not missing out on much!

    This week we’d like to highlight the great coverage of the recent Rosetta mission to comet 67P. The world held its breath as we waited for

  • 45th anniversary of Apollo 12: Lightning strikes, near abort, Playboy playmates, and XKCD

    Apollo12VisorHappy 45th anniversary of the Apollo 12 mission to the Moon! It’s hard to believe what was accomplished nearly 50 years ago during the Space Race. If you were alive to experience the excitement of the race for space, perhaps every Apollo mission was exciting for you. For the next generations, the historically famous benchmarks (such as Sputnik, Yuri Gagarin’s first flight, Apollo 11, and Apollo 13) are typically the ones that are remembered. This is not to say that other missions were not extraordinary, just not as colloquial.

    Yesterday marked the


    Sandro Botticelli La nascita di Venere
    Botticelli’s Birth of Venus


    In this special halloween post, I’m excited to introduce you to a concept for a long duration manned mission to Venus, using blimps to hover in the atmosphere.

    First off, there should be a more gender neutral way to say “manned mission” shouldn’t there be? Especially to Venus, as Venus is the only planet named after a female figure.  Human-mission? Crewed-mission?  It might take a while for

  • on thursday’s we throwback…

    … and we meme it!

    Here’s one of our favorites by Shawn Domagal-Goldman, created shortly after the Mars Science Lab successfully landed on Mars on August 6th, 2012. It totes dropped that heat shield like it’s hawt. Pretty incredible that we have this photo taken on the craft’s terrifying descent!

    Meme created by Shawn Domagal-Goldman