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Designing the Cassini Tour

Posted by John Smith on 2009/06/07 12:01 CDT

Each Titan flyby is not a fork in the road, but rather a Los Angeles style cloverleaf in terms of the dizzying number of possible destinations. So how did our current and future plans for the path of the Cassini spacecraft come to be? That's the question Dave Seal put to me since that's my job -- I am a tour designer.

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Canto IV: A Cog in the Wheel, a New Star in the Sky

Posted by David Seal on 2009/06/06 01:02 CDT

David Seal talks about his experience working with Kevin Beurle.

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Connections

Posted by David Seal on 2009/06/02 01:58 CDT

David Seal muses on his time as the mission planner for Cassini, and the history behind its name, and astronomy in Rome.

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The Martian Craters Asimov and Danielson

Posted by Ken Edgett on 2009/05/27 12:41 CDT | 2 comments

The Martian Craters Asimov and Danielson

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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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I am totally hooked on Scott Maxwell's new Mars Exploration Rover blog

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/06 11:57 CST

Scott Maxwell is one of those many guys (and gals) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory who rarely gets his name in the news but who is absolutely indispensable to the success of a space mission. I don't know what his official title is, but whatever it is, it's not as good as the colloquial name given to his position: Rover Driver.

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"Moon?"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/02/18 09:54 CST

It's a legal holiday here in the U.S. (President's day), and my daughter's babysitter is taking the day off, so I won't be getting much work done today. But I thought I'd check in to share the fact that, as we got out of the car last week, my daughter pointed up in the sky at the crescent moon and said "Dat!" so I gave her the word, "Moon."

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To the Moon with Kaguya

Posted by Cherilynn Morrow on 2007/09/14 11:27 CDT

Cherilynn Morrow shares her experiences at the launch of Kaguya.

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Europa on Earth: The Sulfur Springs of Borup Fiord Pass, Ellesmere Island

Posted by Stephen Grasby on 2006/07/19 04:00 CDT

From June 21 to July 6, 2006, a four-person team traveled to Borup Fiord Pass to perform geological field studies to compare with satellite images.

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After the launch

Posted by John Spencer on 2006/01/19 07:11 CST

We just got back from the real post-launch party, following two non-post-launch parties on the last two evenings. This was more like it.

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Philosophical after the first day's launch attempt

Posted by John Spencer on 2006/01/17 06:01 CST

Oh well, the Sun sets on an earthbound New Horizons at least one more time. The first day's launch attempt was a strange experience in retrospect.

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Less than 24 hours to New Horizons' Launch

Posted by John Spencer on 2006/01/16 04:17 CST

New Horizons just experienced what we hope will be its last ever sunset on Earth. There will be three more sunsets to come.

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Looking Forward to New Horizons' Launch

Posted by John Spencer on 2006/01/15 01:48 CST

Another quick post from the Cape. Yesterday was our final pre-launch meeting of the Science Team.

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Looking Forward to New Horizons' Launch

Posted by John Spencer on 2006/01/13 05:16 CST

We're at the Cape! More properly, we're at Cocoa Beach just down the coast, having flown in from Denver today.

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Looking Forward to New Horizons' Launch

Posted by John Spencer on 2006/01/12 07:03 CST

This is probably my last missive before Jane and I leave for the Cape on Friday in preparation for the launch.

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Looking Forward to New Horizons' Launch

Posted by John Spencer on 2006/01/09 06:47 CST

I'm at home on a Sunday morning, five days before leaving for the Cape (assuming the current launch schedule, with the first launch opportunity on January 17th, continues to hold).

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Looking Forward to New Horizons' Launch

Posted by John Spencer on 2006/01/02 09:12 CST

I've been sifting through the data I obtained last week on the lightcurve of binary Kuiper Belt object 1998 SM165 during my three nights on the Lowell Observatory 72" telescope, and as so often happens, the images are proving a bit harder to analyze than I'd first thought.

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An evening with Dava Sobel

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/10/24 11:05 CDT

I've just come home from Caltech, where I saw author Dava Sobel give a presentation on her latest book, The Planets.

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Reflecting on Deep Impact

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/07/05 09:40 CDT

So yesterday, after covering the Deep Impact press conference at JPL and recording for Planetary Radio, my husband and I drove to his parents' house for an Independence Day barbeque. When I explained the nature of the Deep Impact mission my mother-in-law exclaimed, "What! What gives you the right to go around smashing up a comet that was minding its own business?"

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They Were the First, and the Last, to Hear from Huygens

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/02/07 10:00 CST

On January 14, 2005, the eyes of the world were on the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, where Huygens mission operators were anxiously awaiting news from Huygens. Would the little probe -- a mission built in seventeen countries, more than twenty years in the making -- be a success, or would it prove a repeat of the heartbreaking silence of Beagle 2?

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