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Awesome Mars Express view of Phobos and Deimos together

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/11 11:24 CST

My inbox was exploding this morning with messages about a tremendously cool animation released this morning by ESA's Mars Express team. It shows Phobos crossing Deimos, in what's known as a "mutual event."

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Opportunity's poking at Marquette Island; Cassini's catching dancing moons

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/18 04:58 CST

Since tomorrow's class is going to be on playing with raw images from the rovers and Cassini, I've been playing with recent raw images from the rovers and Cassini! I just thought I'd share a couple of the fun items I've been working with.

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Four moons and a ring

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/10 02:21 CST

Thanks to Mike Malaska for the tip on this one. The image is part of an animation that ends with Rhea transiting Saturn.

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Another marvelous image from Cassini's Nov 2 Enceladus flyby

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/03 12:21 CST

This image goodie was produced from the raw images from Cassini's close encounter with Saturn's geyser moon Enceladus yesterday by Gordan Ugarkovic.

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Fun Friday photo: Titan and Rhea

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/10/30 01:19 CDT

Cassini recently captured a series of images documenting Rhea passing behind Titan.

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Fun for Sunday: Titan and Tethys pas de deux

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/10/18 05:08 CDT

Checking in on Cassini's raw images this weekend, there are several nice shots to play with, including the many frames from which I tossed together this cute animation.

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MESSENGER gets two planets for the price of one

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/10/02 12:49 CDT

Here's a pretty shot of Mercury taken by MESSENGER on approach...but wait, what's that tiny little speck in the lower left corner of the photo?

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Cassini RADAR continues to gaze at Titan

Posted by Jani Radebaugh on 2009/07/27 07:08 CDT

The Cassini spacecraft made its 59th flyby of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, on Friday, July 24, and in the last few hours we have received images from the RADAR instrument in SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) mode.

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Canto III: Hints of Equinox

Posted by David Seal on 2009/06/04 06:31 CDT

Saturn is rapidly approaching equinox, where the Sun passes through the ring plane (south-to-north, i.e. the northern vernal equinox), and its ring system (i.e. its great now-gloomy poorly-lit circles of large blocks of water ice) is starting to show some really interesting behavior.

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Farewell to Hubble, Obama Calls, Astronauts Testify to Congress as Shuttle is Set to Land

Posted by Ken Kremer on 2009/05/22 05:13 CDT

Farewell to Hubble, Obama Calls, Astronauts Testify to Congress as Shuttle is Set to Land

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Fly me to the Moon...

Posted by Jim Bell on 2009/05/04 12:46 CDT

Jim Bell describes his proposal to join the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Cameras science team.

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Welcome to the Solar System, Makemake

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/15 09:45 CDT

The trans-Neptunian object formerly known as 2005 FY9 now has a name: "Makemake."

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Saturn, Tethys, and Titan

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/25 12:37 CDT

I thought that today's image release from the Cassini imaging team was exceptionally pretty.

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New Horizons' raw images are now online

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/01/23 04:58 CST

I got an email from John Spencer this morning telling me that the mission had posted all of New Horizons' most recently acquired images on the mission website.

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New Horizons is targeting Jupiter!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/01/10 03:48 CST

New Horizons' Jupiter encounter is officially underway!

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The Orbital Dance of Epimetheus and Janus

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/02/07 11:00 CST

Saturn is surrounded by a crowded family of rings and moons, and two of those moons -- Epimetheus and Janus -- orbit Saturn so close together that it seems as though their different orbital speeds should make them crash into each other.

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A way-cool Cassini picture: rings, Titan, Dione, Prometheus

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/10/19 07:12 CDT

I just noticed this picture on the Cassini raw images website. I love these "many worlds" pictures.

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MESSENGER Snaps Earth-Moon Image in Approach to First Flyby

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/06/02 09:00 CDT

As MESSENGER began its approach for its August 2 flyby of Earth, its cameras have snapped their first images. The images clearly show a cloudy Earth—and, to scientists' surprise, the Moon as well.

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