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Dancing With Saturn

Bill Dunford • March 24, 2014

Cassini images in motion.

A Spin Through the Inner Solar System

Bill Dunford • February 24, 2014

Animated maps of the planets show the spheres in motion.

The Last Flight of the Original Space Ranger

Bill Dunford • January 06, 2014

Remembering the Moon's first extreme close-up.

The Mercury Transit You Probably Missed

Karl Battams • December 30, 2013

Planetary transits of the Sun by Mercury and Venus don't come along very often, and when they do we make a big deal of it because, well, it's really cool!

NASA re-creates the Apollo 8 Earthrise using Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter data

Andrew Chaikin • December 20, 2013

If there's one thing I've learned after decades of studying the first human voyages to another world, it's that there is always more to discover about Apollo. Case in point: The Apollo 8 Earthrise photo that became one of the iconic images of the 20th century.

Amazing Chang'e 3 descent video

Emily Lakdawalla • December 15, 2013

Watch and enjoy this full video of Chang'e 3's descent onto the lunar surface.

Six wheels on soil for Yutu!

Emily Lakdawalla • December 14, 2013

Here it is! Animated gifs, composed of screen grabs from Chinese state television, of the Yutu rover rolling on to the lunar surface. This was a replay, but it was no less thrilling for that; the actual rollout happened at 20:40 UT (12:40 PT). Six wheels on soil! Woohoo!

Chang'e 3 departs for the Moon, with amazing images and video

Emily Lakdawalla • December 02, 2013

On December 1 at 17:30 UTC, Chang'e 3 launched atop a Long March 3B rocket on a direct lunar transfer trajectory. It is scheduled to enter orbit December 6 and land December 14. The rocket was equipped with cameras that recorded thrilling video of the launch and final departure of the probe.

ISON, Encke, Mercury, and Home

Karl Battams • November 22, 2013

Comet ISON has entered the field of view of the STEREO HI-1A camera, and, in an awesome animation, it joins a large cast of characters already present there.

Super cool Phobos and Deimos animations from Mars Express

Emily Lakdawalla • October 03, 2013

I've been delving in to the Mars Express image archive this week, checking out its images of Phobos, and found a couple of really cool time-series of images to assemble into animations.

More fancy Phobos and Deimos photography by Curiosity

Emily Lakdawalla • September 24, 2013

Curiosity looked up after dark and captured more cool photos of Mars' moons. They include Phobos and Deimos passing in the night, and Phobos entering Mars' shadow.

Movie of Phobos and Deimos from Curiosity: super cool and scientifically useful

Emily Lakdawalla • August 16, 2013

Yesterday, the Curiosity mission released the video whose potential I got so excited about a couple of weeks ago: the view, from Curiosity, of Phobos transiting Deimos in the Martian sky. In this post, Mark Lemmon answers a bunch of my questions about why they photograph Phobos and Deimos from rovers.

Shadowland

Bill Dunford • August 05, 2013

Seasons, sunlight, and shadow at the Moon's north pole

Curiosity is copying Cassini's tricks!

Emily Lakdawalla • August 03, 2013

Take a look at this amazing photo, captured by Curiosity from the surface of Mars on sol 351 (August 1, 2013). It is unmistakably Phobos.

A New Dimension for Mercury

Bill Dunford • July 15, 2013

There's a cool new way to explore the first planet.

Say "hi!" to asteroid -- actually, asteroids -- (285263) 1998 QE2

Emily Lakdawalla • May 30, 2013

A large asteroid is passing reasonably close to Earth in a few hours, and astronomers at the great radio telescopes at Goldstone and Arecibo are zapping it. The latest discovery: QE2, like many asteroids, is a binary.

Why don't we have any photos of asteroid 2012 DA14 if it came so close?

Emily Lakdawalla • February 19, 2013

A frequently-asked question last week was: if asteroid 2012 DA14 is coming so close to Earth, why hasn't anyone taken any pictures of it? Now that 2012 DA14 has whizzed past us, we do finally have some radar pictures of it, but they still may not satisfy everyone.

Arc of Ice and Light

Bill Dunford • February 18, 2013

When the sunlight catches it just right, Saturn's F Ring is something to see.

The Earth is a Planet: Why We Explore Space

Bill Dunford • February 11, 2013

Why spend effort and scarce resources on space exploration when we have so many problems here at home? Turns out, there are some pretty good reasons.

Venerable Deep Impact spacecraft has photographed comet ISON

Emily Lakdawalla • February 05, 2013

Deep Impact has made the first space-based observations of comet ISON.

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