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Mars Express' January 2011 Phobos images show how camera works

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/01/21 05:09 CST

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.

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How Mars Express' orbit shifts with time

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/01/04 11:02 CST

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.

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It's Phobos season again for Mars Express

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/01/03 01:43 CST

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

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365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: Small Worlds

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/27 03:56 CST

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.

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A few Mars Express Phobos goodies

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/26 02:13 CST

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

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/23 07:41 CST

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.

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Animation: Mars Express rising above the north pole

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/11 09:08 CDT

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.

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The far side of Phobos

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/16 09:47 CDT

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

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Phobos from Mars Express

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/15 10:30 CDT

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

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Phobos has gravity!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/09 11:43 CST

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

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Find pics and track the rovers in Google Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/11 05:28 CST

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.

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Mars Express animation of Phobos' shadow transiting Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/02 12:08 CST

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

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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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New Google Mars

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2009/02/03 03:35 CST

Google Earth's latest edition was just released and guess what? It has a Mars setting!

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A bit of fun with Mars Express images of Phobos

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/16 05:59 CDT

I recently found the focus to work on a big project: namely, downloading and examining every Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera image of Mars' two moons, Phobos and Deimos.

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White Rock through the ages: Mars Express (2004-present)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/27 05:28 CDT

When we last visited White Rock on Mars, both Mars Global Surveyor and 2001 Mars Odyssey were mapping the planet.

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LPSC: Thursday: Rovers, Titan, Mars, Venus Express, Neptune

Posted by Ted Stryk on 2008/03/14 03:49 CDT

I spent a large portion of the day at the Lunar and Planetary Institute's library and presented my own poster during the poster sessions, so my coverage of Thursday's sessions is limited.

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Mapping Meridiani: Part 2

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2008/02/27 06:20 CST

Last time, I gave some of the background information about my research. Now, armed with that knowledge, we can press forward and talk about what I do.

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Martian Orbiter Takes Pictures of Neighboring Crafts Passing By

Posted by Amir Alexander on 2005/05/19 07:20 CDT

During April 2005, the Mars Global Surveyor happened to pass relatively close to Odyssey and Mars Express. What resulted were remarkably clear pictures of human-made spacecraft orbiting and alien world.

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Scientists Detail Ambitious Goals of Mars Express

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2003/04/25 01:00 CDT

Scientists working on the European Space Agency's (ESA's) Mars Express detailed the mission's ambitious plan to study Mars from the top of its atmosphere to several kilometers beneath its surface, at a press conference in London, England last week.

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