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Pretty picture: Jupiter photo from an unusual source

Emily Lakdawalla • December 26, 2012 • 4

A recently launched Earth-observing satellite is using the stars to practice its pointing, and caught a neat animation of Jupiter.

Images from the long-awaited Dawn Vesta data set

Daniel Macháček • November 29, 2012 • 4

A few days ago, the Dawn mission finally published their archival data. During the year of delay I often looked with anticipation to the Planetary Data System to check whether or not images were there, and I am delighted that they are finally available. Was the wait worth it? Definitely!

That amazing image of Saturn's north pole just got better: now, it moves!

Emily Lakdawalla • November 28, 2012 • 2

Remember the amazing photo of Saturn's north pole that I posted yesterday? Now, thanks to an amateur image processor, it moves, and the motions of the individual clouds within the belts are mesmerizing.

Nifty animation: Dust in the air for Curiosity

Emily Lakdawalla • November 21, 2012

An animation of Curiosity photos shows changes in the weather.

Happy Cassini PDS Release Day!

Emily Lakdawalla • October 08, 2012 • 2

It's a quarterly feast day for me: the day that the Cassini mission delivers three months' worth of data to NASA's Planetary Data System. Here's a few images processed from the October 1, 2012 data release.

Curiosity Update, sol 57: Digging in at Rocknest

Emily Lakdawalla • October 04, 2012 • 2

Engineers requested that Curiosity be driven to a "nice sandbox" to play in for the first soil sample, and it appears that a sand drift named Rocknest satisfies that requirement.

Curiosity catches sunspots along with Phobos and Deimos transits

Emily Lakdawalla • October 03, 2012 • 2

Curiosity has been shooting photos of the Sun as Phobos and Deimos cross its face, and -- as far as I can tell -- captured sunspots as well.

Curiosity sol 38 update: arm tests done, on the road again, and an important question answered

Emily Lakdawalla • September 14, 2012

Curiosity has completed Commissioning Activity Period 2 and is on the road again. I asked Daniel Limonadi to explain a couple of the photos of tests being performed on CHIMRA, and took the opportunity to ask him an amusing question that came up during a previous Google+ Hangout.

Hello, beautiful!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 07, 2012 • 3

Curiosity's much-anticipated self-portrait with the MAHLI camera just arrived on Earth, and even though it was shot through the dust cover it is AWESOME.

Chang'e 2: The Full Story

Bill Gray • August 25, 2012 • 4

An update on China's second lunar orbiter, Chang'e 2, which is now heading for asteroid Toutatis.

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