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Elizabeth Howell
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Attends University of North Dakota
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Hey guys, I'm doing a travel story about Pluto and would really love your support. It's in association with Beacon Reader, Universe Today and CosmoQuest.

You'll get a whole bunch of in-depth articles and podcasts, AND get to support space education at the same time!

Let me know of any questions.
There’s a NASA spacecraft on its way to Pluto that will get there in July 2015. Back me, and I’ll tell you how NASA’s New Horizons mission could change our view of the dwarf planet forever.
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Plan A didn't work for a 36-year-old spacecraft under private control, but the group has a new mission for it.
A private team is priming a 36-year-old NASA spacecraft to perform new science as it travels through interplanetary space after attempts to move the probe into a position closer to Earth failed.
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The European Space Agency's last cargo vehicle to the space station, for now, soared into space yesterday.
The last of Europe's five automated transfer vehicles made a flawless launch to orbit yesterday (July 30). So far, all is going well with ATV Georges Lemaître as it brings a load of cargo to the International Space Station. You can watch the launch above. The ship is not only acting as a freighter, but…
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The MESSENGER spacecraft is going to drop progressively lower to Mercury in the coming months, before rising again. I wonder what it will see.
Look out below! NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft is at its lowest altitude of any spacecraft above Mercury, and over the next couple of months it's going to get even lower above the planet. The spacecraft -- whose name stands for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging -- is doing a close shave above the sun's closest…
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Star explosions are pretty from afar.
It's well past the Fourth of July, but you can still easily find fireworks in the sky if you look around. The Chandra X-Ray Observatory has been doing just that for the past 15 years, revealing what the universe looks like in these longer wavelengths that are invisible to human eyes. Just in time for…
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The Spitzer space telescope gets a funding extension, although Congress still has the final word.
After NASA recommended in May that Spitzer space telescope officials send in a revised budget or face possible termination of operations, in a turnaround, the agency's science mission directorate has now agreed to extend the mission for another two years. The news broke on Twitter yesterday when the NASA Spitzer account shared the news. An…
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Urthecast plans two new cameras for the International Space Station to view the Earth in HD.
A company plans to place two new cameras on the outside of the International Space Station in a bid to provide more live views of Earth from space.
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NASA's first space tweeter,@astro_mike, flies to another position.
The first astronaut who tweeted from space is leaving NASA, the agency announced yesterday. Mike Massimino (best known to his 1.29 million followers as @astro_mike) -- and also one of several astronauts to repair the Hubble Space Telescope -- will now bring his skills to a full-time position with Columbia University in New York. "Mike…
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Plants high in the atmosphere! Wow!
Could life survive in the harshness of space? What would it mean to send plants from Earth beyond, well, the Earth? According to multiple media reports, a Japanese artist recently explored these questions by launching a bonsai tree and other plant arrangements high into the atmosphere via high-altitude balloon. This is the explanation for the…
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You've got half an hour to see some amazing shots from underwater!
How do we send humans to asteroids or Mars? While the answer is complex, one part of it is to say "a simulation mission at a time." That's one of the roles of the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) project, which now is seeing its 18th crew temporarily live in a habitat 62 feet…
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Why galactic halos are important -- they show us history!
Centaurus A -- that popular target for astrophotographers in the southern hemisphere -- has a much wider halo than expected, astronomers revealed. Turns out the galaxy's ghostly glow is about eight times the apparent width of the full moon in the sky. Examining this halo in more detail could reveal much about how galaxies come…
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Wanna go to Mars? Following along with this simulated mission will bring you pretty close.
It's the final countdown for a hardy group of people who have been on "Mars" for the past four months. On Friday (July 25), the HI-SEAS crew will make their return after simulating Red Planet exploration in Hawaii. And you can bet there are certain things they are missing about the outside world, or "Earth".…
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journalism, editing, space, writing
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  • Freelance Space/Science Journalist
    2006 - present
    Began full-time freelance reporting in 2012 after six years of doing it part-time. Senior writer at Universe Today, communications manager at Astronomers Without Borders. I've attended three shuttle launches, participated in a two-week "Mars" mission and interviewed dozens of astronauts (including some in space at the time.) Clients: SPACE.com, SEN.com, NASA Astrobiology Magazine, the NASA Lunar Science Institute and LiveScience.
  • Ottawa Business Journal
    Senior Business Reporter/Webmaster, 2010 - 2012
    Managed the website and did a radio show daily, wrote several newspaper stories a week, and was the interim editor on several occasions while the newspaper editor was away from the office.
  • SpaceRef
    Contributing Editor, 2009 - 2012
    Regular contributor for SpaceRef's magazine, Space Quarterly, particularly focusing on the business of space.
  • CTV Ottawa
    Weekend Web Reporter, 2009 - 2010
    Sole content manager for the website, which involved writing at least a dozen stories a day based on my own research or work done by CTV Ottawa editors or reporters.
  • Ottawa Business Journal
    Ottawa Business Journal, 2008 - 2009
    Wrote four stories for each publication, which was then published weekly, as well as occasional web stories.
  • NSERC
    Communications Advisor, 2008 - 2008
    Maintained the website news section for NSERC, Canada's nationally funded scientific and engineering council.
  • Canadian Medical Association Journal
    Reporter, 2007 - 2008
    Feature and news writing for Canada's largest and most well-known medical journal. This required using medical or technical papers as primary sources.
  • The Globe and Mail Inc.
    Copy Editor/Paginator, 2007 - 2007
    Front-section editor and designer for Canada's national newspaper. Regular editor for A2, which occasionally entailed writing a column promoting the best stories for that day's newspaper.
  • NSERC
    Communications Intern, 2006 - 2007
    Wrote a series of articles promoting the best research in Canada's national science and engineering council.
  • The Charlatan
    News Editor, 2007 - 2008
    Co-managed the front section of Carleton University's student newspaper, which included contributions from about 20 regular writers.
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Introduction
I’m a multiple award-winning science and business journalist in Ottawa who writes, edits and tweets – and also travels in search of space museums and events.

I wear many hats as a freelancer. I'm senior writer for Universe Today, communications manager at Astronomers Without Borders, and a regular contributor to SPACE.com, SEN.com, NASA Astrobiology Magazine, the NASA Lunar Science Institute and LiveScience.

I've covered three shuttle launches, done a two-week simulated Mars mission, and attended many space conferences. Additionally, in 2012 I completed an M.Sc. Space Studies, enhancing my policy and technical knowledge of space. I'm now doing my Ph.D. in the same field.

Some prominent interview subjects include Buzz Aldrin, Al Bean, Mike Brown, Marc Garneau, Chris Hadfield, Tom Marshburn, Bill Nye, Scott Parazynski, Luca Parmitano, Harrison Schmitt, Gwynne Shotwell, Jill Tarter and Ashwin Vasavada.
Education
  • University of North Dakota
    Ph.D. Aerospace Sciences, 2013 - present
  • University of North Dakota
    M.Sc. Space Studies
  • Carleton University
    B. Journalism