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Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 25: Double planet

Emily Lakdawalla • December 24, 2009

To those of you who celebrate the holiday, merry Christmas! I hope Santa was good to you.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 14: The Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • December 14, 2009

The Moon is the most familiar of the objects in the heavens.

LCROSS team: "Yes, we found water!"

Emily Lakdawalla • November 13, 2009

I just posted a story on the announcement today that LCROSS definitely found lots of water in the spectra from their October 9 impact.

Rosetta is homing in on Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • November 10, 2009

Heads up! ESA's Rosetta spacecraft is approaching for its last flyby of Earth, on Friday, November 13.

Data from Kaguya's prime mission to the Moon has been released

Emily Lakdawalla • November 03, 2009

Yesterday, the Japanese space agency announced the public release of the data from the primary mission of the Kaguya (a.k.a. SELENE) lunar orbiter.

Gorgeous high-res image of the Apollo 17 landing site

Emily Lakdawalla • October 28, 2009

The LROC team posted today a new image of the Apollo 17 landing site, captured after Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter had gotten in to its 50-kilometer mapping orbit, so this is much more detailed than the previous view.

Window onto an abyss: Cave skylight on the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • October 20, 2009

This just in: researchers on JAXA's Kaguya lunar orbiter have discovered an open pit on the Moon that is likely a window onto a sublunar world -- a skylight into a subsurface cavern.

That psychedelic M-cubed Moon movie explained

Emily Lakdawalla • October 13, 2009

Advance warning: this entry may be a little technical for some.

Video from Palomar Observatory on LCROSS impact night

Emily Lakdawalla • October 10, 2009

The Palomar Observatory adaptive optics image of the crater Cabeus remains the best I've seen from ground-based telescopes of the LCROSS impact site.

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Diviner detection of LCROSS impact

Emily Lakdawalla • October 09, 2009

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Diviner team just released some preliminary views of their data taken during the LCROSS impact, which clearly shows the thermal signature from the crash into the Moon.

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