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Watching Phobos pass by Jupiter

Emily Lakdawalla • June 17, 2011

Here is a really cool view of Phobos in the foreground with gigantic (but very distant) Jupiter sitting in the background, a fortuitous alignment that the Mars Express High-Resolution Stereo Camera team took advantage of on June 1.

365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: What's up in the second quarter of 2011

Emily Lakdawalla • April 07, 2011

Regular readers of this blog will find the content of today's 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast familiar, because it's an update on what the solar system exploration spacecraft are up to, based on my monthly "what's up" updates.

What's up in the solar system in April 2011

Emily Lakdawalla • March 31, 2011

April 2011 will see MESSENGER begin the science phase of its orbital mission at Mercury, and should, I think, also see the start of Dawn's approach observations of Vesta. At Mars, Opportunity is back on the road again, rolling inexorably toward Endeavour. At Saturn, Cassini will continue its focus on Saturn and Titan science.

What's up in the solar system in March 2011

Emily Lakdawalla • February 28, 2011

I don't think there's any question what the big event of this month will be: MESSENGER is finally, finally entering orbit at Mercury on March 18 at 00:45 UTC (March 17 at 16:45 for me).

Mars conjunction today: Cool SOHO/SDO video

Emily Lakdawalla • February 04, 2011

Today Mars made its closest approach to the Sun -- as seen from Earth, that is. Why is this important?

Animation of Phobos rotating from recent Mars Express flyby images

Emily Lakdawalla • January 25, 2011

Daniel Macháček has colorized some terrific images of Phobos and run them through some morphing software to make a seamless animation that appears to show Phobos rotating before you.

Mars Express' January 2011 Phobos images show how camera works

Emily Lakdawalla • January 21, 2011

The Mars Express High-Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) team has just released several images from the most recent series of Phobos flybys to the Mars Express blog.

How Mars Express' orbit shifts with time

Emily Lakdawalla • January 04, 2011

While I was writing yesterday's blog entry on Mars Express' Phobos flybys I realized that I didn't understand Mars Express' orbit very well. So I sent an inquiry to the Mars Express blog, which they answered in a blog entry today.

It's Phobos season again for Mars Express

Emily Lakdawalla • January 03, 2011

The Mars Express blog has been reactivated today, as a new series of Phobos flybys is already underway.

365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: Small Worlds

Emily Lakdawalla • December 27, 2010

Today the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast aired my contribution, Small Worlds, about the smaller denizens of the solar system visited in the past year, and due to be visited in the next.

A few Mars Express Phobos goodies

Emily Lakdawalla • November 26, 2010

To celebrate Mars Express' recent mission extension to 2014, here are some cool pictures that it took of Mars' inner and larger moon Phobos.

ESA commits to extending 11 missions' space operations for 3 years

Emily Lakdawalla • November 23, 2010

Europe is apparently of the mind that science and technology will help to carry them out of tough economic times, and has made three-year commitments to continue the in-space operations of 11 missions through 2014.

Animation: Mars Express rising above the north pole

Emily Lakdawalla • August 11, 2010

The "Mars Webcam" on Mars Express (otherwise known as the Visual Monitoring Camera or VMC) has just restarted sending images to Earth after a bit of a hiatus.

The far side of Phobos

Emily Lakdawalla • March 16, 2010

Now here is an unusual image of Phobos, Mars' moon.

Phobos from Mars Express

Emily Lakdawalla • March 15, 2010

ESA has released the first image from Mars Express' recent close flybys of Phobos!

Phobos has gravity!

Emily Lakdawalla • March 09, 2010

Last week Mars Express had its closest-ever flyby of Mars' larger, inner moon Phobos.

Find pics and track the rovers in Google Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • February 11, 2010

I think a goodly proportion of you readers have already figured this out for yourselves since it was launched last March, but I didn't download and install it until last weekend, so this is new to me: Google Mars is awesome.

Mars Express animation of Phobos' shadow transiting Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • February 02, 2010

For the first time ever, Mars Express' Visual Monitoring Camera has imaged the shadow of Mars' moon Phobos crossing the surface of Mars.

Downloading the "How to work with Mars Express VMC images" class

Emily Lakdawalla • December 16, 2009

Here's the information on how to watch the class on how to work with Mars Express VMC images, which I conducted to a small audience this morning.

Class announcement: How to play with Mars Express VMC images

Emily Lakdawalla • December 15, 2009

Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I've been fiddling with images from the Mars Webcam, more officially known as the Mars Express Visual Monitoring Camera (VMC), for the last couple of weeks.

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