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Door 19 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 19, 2010

Time to open the nineteenth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system are these folded rocks?

Door 7 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 07, 2010

Time to open the seventh door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this icy bridge?

Best "Arsenic and Odd Life" coverage

Emily Lakdawalla • December 03, 2010

Last night I asked via Twitter for recommendations for articles that did the best job explaining the significance of the work, by people who actually read the relevant paper in Science.

Arsenic and Deep Space?

Bill Nye • December 02, 2010

If you or I ingest arsenic, well...it doesn't go so well. If you are, on the other hand, a certain species of bacterium from Mono Lake, California, ingesting this seemingly toxic metal is simple enough.

I can't wait for MAHLI to land on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • November 16, 2010

JPL has just released some test images from the camera that has just been installed on the end of the Curiosity rover's robotic arm.

Five amazing engineering camera videos from Chang'E 2

Emily Lakdawalla • November 14, 2010

I couldn't believe these videos when I first saw them: five views from engineering cameras of important events in the Chang'E 2 spacecraft's journey to the Moon.

Field trip to Piton

Rosaly Lopes • October 07, 2010

Rosaly Lopes relates her time at a workshop in Piton.

First view of Piton volcano, Reunion Island

Rosaly Lopes • October 03, 2010

There are about 60 volcanologists here at the meeting and we are wondering if the volcano is going to erupt and, if it does, what we will be able to see.

Expedition to Piton volcano, Reunion Island

Rosaly Lopes • October 02, 2010

It so happens that there is a Calderas Workshop going on the same week as DPS and I was invited to talk about planetary calderas. I chose several on Venus, Mars and Io to focus on.

MESSENGER: A snapshot of home

Emily Lakdawalla • August 17, 2010

MESSENGER is in a unique position in the solar system, orbiting the Sun well within the orbit of Venus. From there, it can gaze outward from the Sun to search for tiny objects that may possibly be traveling in the same region, called vulcanoids.

Molar Tooth Texture

Ryan Anderson • August 12, 2010

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

The Geology of Glacier National Park: Part 1

Ryan Anderson • August 08, 2010

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.

Big Sky Country

Ryan Anderson • July 31, 2010

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.

Saturn's hexagon is not unique

Emily Lakdawalla • June 29, 2010

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

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

Emily Lakdawalla • June 24, 2010

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

Using Earth to Study the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • May 26, 2010

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

Akatsuki captures goodbye shots of Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • May 22, 2010

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

Sighting the homeworld

Emily Lakdawalla • May 17, 2010

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

A Martian Moment in Time, revisited

Emily Lakdawalla • May 12, 2010

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!

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

Ryan Anderson • April 30, 2010

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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