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A Moon Among Stars

Emily Lakdawalla • December 31, 2008

A very pretty picture of a moon among stars. Happy 2009, everyone!

Opportunity and Spirit updates: Both are now driving

Emily Lakdawalla • October 31, 2008

Another day, another drive: on sols 1,693 and 1,695 the Opportunity rover conducted two more lengthy drives to the south, totaling almost 200 meters. On the other side of the planet, Spirit is FINALLY in motion again.

Opportunity is really hitting the highway

Emily Lakdawalla • October 28, 2008

Victoria crater, the site of a Mars year's worth of study, is now far over the horizon, as Opportunity has lately completed a series of very long drives. Opportunity is once again sailing the sand seas of Meridiani Planum.

Long drives at last for Opportunity (or, getting your kicks on sol 1,666)

Emily Lakdawalla • October 02, 2008

It's been way, way, way too long since the view from either rover's cameras has changed very much. So I hope you'll join me in a shout of "woo hoo!" or perhaps "yippee!" as I show you the latest view from Opportunity, from sol 1,666, as automatically composed in Mike Howard's Midnight Mars Browser software.

Third Time's No Charm: MESSENGER's Third Gravity Assist Successful, But "Safe Mode" Interrupts Science

Emily Lakdawalla • September 30, 2008

Yesterday, the MESSENGER spacecraft sailed past Mercury at an altitude of just 228 kilometres and a relative speed of 5.4 kilometers per second.

Opportunity's got a long road ahead

Emily Lakdawalla • September 19, 2008

Mars Exploration Rover principal investigator Steve Squyres announced on National Public Radio's Science Friday show the next goal for Opportunity, and it's a long, long, long way away: a huge crater about 12 kilometers southeast of its current location, which the team is referring to internally as "Endeavour."

Three great new pages on Don Davis' website

Emily Lakdawalla • August 24, 2008

Don Davis is a space artist who takes the question of color in space very seriously.

Looking back into Victoria crater

Emily Lakdawalla • August 08, 2008

Here's another wonderful self-portrait silhouette by Opportunity.

Proof for liquids on Titan

Emily Lakdawalla • July 30, 2008

A press release from the Cassini VIMS team today is titled "NASA Confirms Liquid Lake on Saturn Moon." This may be making some of you ask: but wait, haven't they already proven there's liquid lakes on Titan?

Welcome to the Solar System, Makemake

Emily Lakdawalla • July 15, 2008

The trans-Neptunian object formerly known as 2005 FY9 now has a name: "Makemake."

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