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Molar Tooth Texture

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/08/12 04:35 CDT

Ok, so remember the weird rock I showed in my Galcier Park geology post?

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The Geology of Glacier National Park: Part 1

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/08/08 04:35 CDT

Well, the field trip is over and I am happy to say that I was not eaten by any bears. They seemed much more interested in the huckleberries.

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Big Sky Country

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/07/31 07:20 CDT

Well folks, I'm headed off to Big Sky Country tomorrow (aka Montana)! I'll start the week at the MSL camera team meeting, where I will get all sorts of cool news about the MastCam, MAHLI and MARDI cameras which I will not be able to share with you.

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Saturn's hexagon is not unique

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/29 11:49 CDT

It turns out that Saturn's not the only place that displays geometrical shapes in its atmosphere. Earth does too.

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One month, one journal, so many missed space stories!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/24 10:53 CDT

Or: Emily reads you the table of contents of Icarus.

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Using Earth to Study the Moon

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/26 12:51 CDT

Exploring Earth analogues of space landscapes is a valuable activity that can help planetary scientists correctly interpret what their instruments are telling them.

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Akatsuki captures goodbye shots of Earth

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/22 09:50 CDT

Three of Akatsuki's six science instruments have now checked in as operating normally, producing lovely photos of the receding homeworld.

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Sighting the homeworld

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/17 11:40 CDT

Coming closer every day, Mr. Hayabusa has sighted his final destination: his homeworld, Earth, and its attendant Moon.

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A Martian Moment in Time, revisited

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/12 02:30 CDT

A good start to my day today: The New York Times' Lens Blog featured the "Martian Moment in Time" photo that Opportunity took last week in a really nice writeup. I'm so grateful, and still a little surprised, that the folks on the Mars Exploration Rover mission took this idea and ran with it!

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MarsSed 2010 Field Trip Day 2: Stromatolites, Gypsum and Layers

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/04/30 04:35 CDT

We started off Day 2 of the field trip by driving up onto the eroded rocks of what used to be the tidal flats of the ancient reef, between the shore and the continental shelf.

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MarsSed 2010 Field Trip Day 1: Guadalupe Mountains and Evaporites

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/04/26 05:30 CDT

Hello everyone, I’m back from the MarsSed 2010 meeting in El Paso!

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Volcanism across the solar system: Earth

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/04/20 03:26 CDT

Yesterday I asked for suggestions for topics to write about, and you readers seem to have volcanoes on your minds!

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Off to MarsSed 2010

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/04/17 05:30 CDT

I’m headed off to El Paso Texas tomorrow! Why? Because that’s where the Mars Sedimentology and Stratigraphy workshop is!

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Pretty picture: Fly through the aurora

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/04/05 04:37 CDT

Space Station astronaut Soichi Noguchi is an awesome photographer. This image is going straight into the "Best of 2010" collection.

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Strong geomagnetic storm today

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/04/05 09:18 CDT

This morning I received a bulletin warning of a "strong" geomagnetic storm that began just over an hour ago.

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What's your favorite planet?

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2010/03/02 03:04 CST

Before you answer, check out these images!

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Mars and a moonbow

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/21 04:00 CST

Moonbows represent the same phenomenon as rainbows, it's just that the light from the Sun has reflected off of the Moon first before it's separated into its colors by the myriad tiny water droplets in the cloud.

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Last Door in the Planetary Society Advent Calendar: Earth, again

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/01 10:37 CST

I know I already posted Earth once before. But I could not resist winding up the calendar with this view of a new Earth, for the new year.

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Dunes in the Outback Red Center

Posted by Jani Radebaugh on 2009/07/29 12:12 CDT

Jani talks about the importance of understanding analogs we can easily visit on Earth to processes happening across the solar system.

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Planetary Surface Processes Field Trip: Day 7
The Painted Desert and Petrified Forest

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2009/03/22 05:20 CDT

Friday was the last day of the field trip, and we spent it at the Petrified Forest National Park.

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