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Comet Garradd in 3D (sort of)

Emily Lakdawalla • August 12, 2011

Amateur astronomer Patrick Wiggins sent me this neat little animation of comet Garradd moving against background stars through an hour's worth of observing. I'm not any kind of astronomer but if I were I think I would get a kick out of looking at things that appear to move within one night of watching -- asteroids, comets, Jupiter's spots. I'm impatient that way.

Opportunity: "So close we can taste it" to Santa Maria

Emily Lakdawalla • December 14, 2010

Opportunity is on a kilometers-long eastward road trip across Meridiani Planum toward the rim of a large ancient crater named Endeavour; it'll be many months yet before she gets there.

Hartley 2 compared to other comets, and in motion 3D

Emily Lakdawalla • November 05, 2010

I had to catch up with tasks left undone at home today and didn't have time to write up my notes from the Hartley 2 press briefing, for which I apologize. I'll leave you for the weekend with three cool Hartley 2 pictures.

Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 2: Reports from Ryan Anderson

Emily Lakdawalla • September 30, 2010

I left the first day of the Fourth Mars Science Laboratory Landing Site Community Workshop on Monday just as they were getting in to the site-specific presentations. I left with no concern that I'd miss anything, though, because I knew that once he got done presenting his own work on Gale Crater, Cornell grad student Ryan Anderson would be taking notes and blogging the presentations on the other three sites.

Two natural bridges on the Moon (now with 3D!)

Emily Lakdawalla • September 07, 2010

Imagine this landscape: you're walking across an unusually smooth lunar surface, an impact melt sheet on the floor of a relatively recently formed crater.

Fly over Saturn's icy moons

Emily Lakdawalla • September 02, 2010

A couple of weeks ago Paul Schenk posted a few really cool videos to his personal blog. Paul's subspecialty is the topography of icy moons, and he's been doing a lot of work on the moons of Saturn lately.

MSL Roves!

Ryan Anderson • July 28, 2010

I'm a little late on this, but I thought I should share the news: MSL now has a good head and neck on its shoulders, and has officially "roved".

3D Anaglyph: Troughs or vents in Cerberus Fossae?

Emily Lakdawalla • July 12, 2010

OK, it's time to look silly in your red-blue glasses again! When Tanya Harrison sent me those awesome 3D views of Olympica Fossae from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's CTX camera, she sent me two other sets of 3D landscapes on Mars.

3D Anaglyph: Weird channels of Olympica Fossae

Emily Lakdawalla • April 26, 2010

Got some 3D glasses handy? Check out this awesome view of a very strange feature on Mars, courtesy of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's Context Camera (CTX).

Unbelievably spectacular flight through Candor Chasma

Emily Lakdawalla • March 09, 2010

This is one of the things that came out during LPSC last week and all I could do at the time was Tweet it—so here it is in blog form: the most unbelievably spectacular 3D animation of a bit of Mars I've seen yet, produced by Adrian Lark.

A Space Carnival (#140) and some new names for Enceladus

Emily Lakdawalla • February 09, 2010

This week the Carnival of Space is over at one of my favorite new blogs, Lights in the Dark. Actually it's not so new -- evidently this week marks its first anniversary!

Way-cool Martian flyovers by Doug Ellison

Emily Lakdawalla • February 04, 2010

Doug Ellison has been playing with Martian digital terrain models recently, to great effect.

Awesome New Mars Flyovers

Ryan Anderson • January 28, 2010

Check out these awesome flyovers of Mars, generated by Doug Ellison of UnmannedSpaceflight!

400 Years of the Galilean Satellites

Emily Lakdawalla • January 07, 2010

It was 400 years ago today that Galileo discovered smaller planets attending the planet Jupiter.

Prepare for your jaw to hit the floor when you see these pictures of Enceladus

Emily Lakdawalla • November 21, 2009

Wow, just wow. I didn't know what to expect from the second flyby of Saturn's geyser moon Enceladus in November, which happened yesterday.

Beautiful 3D animation of Spirit's environs in Gusev Crater

Emily Lakdawalla • September 23, 2009

Doug Ellison has done it again: he's created a spectacular overflight of Gusev crater based upon digital elevation models of the terrain produced by the United States Geological Survey from HiRISE data.

New Google Mars

Ryan Anderson • February 03, 2009

Google Earth's latest edition was just released and guess what? It has a Mars setting!

White Rock through the ages: Mars Express (2004-present)

Emily Lakdawalla • March 27, 2008

When we last visited White Rock on Mars, both Mars Global Surveyor and 2001 Mars Odyssey were mapping the planet.

Opportunity watches the clouds drift by

Emily Lakdawalla • February 12, 2008

Opportunity is now following a rather leisurely autumn schedule, according to the latest update on the mission website. Some of the work Opportunity is doing involves staring skyward, looking for patterns in the clouds that pass overhead at this time of year. One of the guys at unmannedspaceflight.com has put together some nifty animations of the wispy cloud patterns.

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