JoAnna Wendel

JoAnna Wendel is a science cartoonist, writer, and illustrator. She was previously a card story editor for Inverse.

JoAnna has reported, edited, and/or made comics for Gizmodo, Knowable Magazine, Science News Explores (formerly Science News for Students), the American Geophysical Union, and NASA’s Planetary Science Division.

JoAnna is based in Portland, Oregon, and owns a cat called Pancake.


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7 spectacular SpaceX moments in 2020

Dope Space Pics

20 Stunning Space Images of 2020

Spiders in Space

Space spiders build webs in an unusual way


7 archaeological discoveries that rewrote history in 2020


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Moonward Bound

6 ways NASA's Artemis III will revolutionize lunar science


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5 celestial events that only happen once in a lifetime

Space Volcanoes

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Humans in Space

5 weird things space does to the human body