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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.

MarsSed 2010 Field Trip Day 1: Guadalupe Mountains and Evaporites

Ryan Anderson • April 26, 2010

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

Volcanism across the solar system: Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • April 20, 2010

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

Off to MarsSed 2010

Ryan Anderson • April 17, 2010

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

Pretty picture: Fly through the aurora

Emily Lakdawalla • April 05, 2010

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

Strong geomagnetic storm today

Emily Lakdawalla • April 05, 2010

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

What's your favorite planet?

Charlene Anderson • March 02, 2010

Before you answer, check out these images!

Mars and a moonbow

Emily Lakdawalla • January 21, 2010

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.

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

Emily Lakdawalla • January 01, 2010

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.

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.

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