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Publish Date: Sunday, April 5, 2015

Check out Abby Allwood and me talking about Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity in a great story about current and future Mars exploration on "60 Minutes Australia" at


Publish Date: Friday, April 18, 2014

Jim waxes optimistic & philosophical at about the recent potential Earth 2.0 discovered by the Kepler space telescope mission:

Publish Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Jim's recent Wall Street Journal Live interview with host Simon Constable has been featured on the ASU Center for Science and the Imagination's web site.

Publish Date: Saturday, June 1, 2013

As we ponder the wonders of own own ocean world, it's exciting to remember that there are maybe a half dozen or more other ocean worlds in our own Solar System, and countless more out there in our galaxy.  Check out Jim's latest HuffPo blog entry at:


Publish Date: Monday, May 20, 2013

Check out Jim Bell's YouTube channel for some videos of past talks and media appearances!

Publish Date: Thursday, March 14, 2013

This is quite literally a watershed moment in the history of solar system exploration..

Check out my latest Op/Ed piece, "Have a Drink on Mars", at


Publish Date: Friday, December 14, 2012

Jim's newest photo-rich contribution to space-related literature, "The Space Book", published by Sterling, is set to release in May 2013.  Check out Jim's Space Book Page to find some advance reviews and other information, and to pre-order your copy! 

Publish Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Curiosity is getting close, and Mars is getting big in the windshield! Check out my latest blog on NASA's newest rover:

Publish Date: Friday, July 6, 2012

Jim and a host of other planetary scientists, JPL engineers, space industry experts, and celebrities will be celebrating the Mars Science Laboratory "Curiosity" rover's landing on Mars on the weekend of August 4-5 in the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, CA. Tickets for the event, which is being organized by The Planetary Society, are available through the Society's web site by following this link. The landing itself will occur at approximately 10:30 p.m. Pacific time on Sunday night, August 5 (1:30 a.m. Eastern time, Monday morning, August 6). Planetfest will be the center of the solar system that weekend--come on out and celebrate!