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Likely Schiaparelli crash site imaged by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/10/21 05:56 CDT | 4 comments

Just a day after the arrival of ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and its lander Schiaparelli, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has taken a photo of the landing site with its Context Camera, and things do not look good.

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Remembering Ewen Whitaker, the "careful and caring" scientist who found Surveyors 1 and 3

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/10/21 06:02 CDT | 1 comment

Ewen Whitaker was one of the founding members of the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, one of the world's first research institutions dedicated to studying the moon and planets.

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ExoMars: Schiaparelli Analysis to Continue

Posted by Ruth McAvinia on 2016/10/20 12:05 CDT | 4 comments

The fate of the ExoMars lander, Schiaparelli, remains uncertain. European Space Agency mission controllers had been optimistic on Wednesday night that a definitive answer would be known by Thursday morning’s news briefing. However, although some more details have been made public about the lander’s descent, it is not yet clear whether it hit the martian surface at a speed it could not survive.

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Brief update: Opportunity's attempt to image Schiaparelli unsuccessful

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/10/19 05:35 CDT | 6 comments

Today, the Opportunity rover attempted a difficult, never-before-possible feat: to shoot a photo of an arriving Mars lander from the Martian surface. Unfortunately, that attempt seems not to have succeeded. Opportunity has now returned the images from the observation attempt, but Schiaparelli is not visible.

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ExoMars: Long day’s journey into uncertainty

Posted by Ruth McAvinia on 2016/10/19 03:04 CDT | 2 comments

Trace Gas Orbit is successfully in orbit at Mars, but the fate of the Schiaparelli lander is uncertain.

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Fall Issue of The Planetary Report is Here!

Posted by Donna Stevens on 2016/10/19 02:59 CDT

From the innermost planet to the farthest reaches of our Solar System, this issue of The Planetary Report spans it all!

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DPS/EPSC update: 2007 OR10 has a moon!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/10/19 11:46 CDT | 2 comments

The third-largest object known beyond Neptune, 2007 OR10, has a moon. The discovery was reported in a poster by Gábor Marton, Csaba Kiss, and Thomas Mueller at the joint meeting of the European Planetary Science Congress and the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society (DPS/EPSC) on Monday.

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Rapidly Rotating Regular Satellites and Tides

Posted by Darin Ragozzine on 2016/10/17 02:29 CDT | 1 comment

Pluto’s small moons have unusual rotation rates and states. Now we know a moon of another dwarf planet does as well. Is there a connection?

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Juno to delay planned burn

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/10/16 04:28 CDT | 5 comments

The Juno mission posted a status report late Friday afternoon, indicating that they will not perform the originally planned period reduction maneuver during their next perijove (closest approach to Jupiter) on October 19. The delay changes the start date of the science mission and also all the future dates of Juno's perijoves.

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ExoMars update: Timeline for separation and orbit insertion

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/10/14 11:51 CDT | 3 comments

Schiaparelli is GO for landing, and ExoMars TGO is GO for orbit insertion! When to expect ExoMars events: Schiaparelli separation, final trajectory maneuvers, landing events, orbit insertion, and press briefings.

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