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

Emily Lakdawalla • January 06, 2009

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.

"Moon?"

Emily Lakdawalla • February 18, 2008

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."

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

Stephen Grasby • July 19, 2006

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.

After the launch

John Spencer • January 19, 2006

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.

Philosophical after the first day's launch attempt

John Spencer • January 17, 2006

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.

Less than 24 hours to New Horizons' Launch

John Spencer • January 16, 2006

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

Looking Forward to New Horizons' Launch

John Spencer • January 15, 2006

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

Looking Forward to New Horizons' Launch

John Spencer • January 13, 2006

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

Looking Forward to New Horizons' Launch

John Spencer • January 12, 2006

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

Looking Forward to New Horizons' Launch

John Spencer • January 09, 2006

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).

Looking Forward to New Horizons' Launch

John Spencer • January 02, 2006

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.

An evening with Dava Sobel

Emily Lakdawalla • October 24, 2005

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

Reflecting on Deep Impact

Emily Lakdawalla • July 05, 2005

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?"

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

Emily Lakdawalla • February 07, 2005

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?

Watching Spirit Launch to Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • June 10, 2003

Spirit has successfully launched to Mars, and I was there with members of the science team to witness it.

The Stories Behind the Voyager Mission: Charles Kohlhase

A.J.S. Rayl • September 05, 2002

Charles Kohlhase served as Mission Design Manager for Voyager from 1974 to 1989. He brought more than a decade's worth of experience working on the Mariner and Viking missions to the position.

The Stories Behind the Voyager Mission: Ed Stone

A.J.S. Rayl • September 05, 2002

Edward C. Stone, an internationally renowned physicist, signed on as Project Scientist of the Voyager mission in 1972, responsible for coordinating the efforts of 11 teams of researchers.

The Stories Behind the Voyager Mission: Bud Schurmeier

A.J.S. Rayl • September 05, 2002

Harris 'Bud' Schurmeier served as the first Project Manager for the Voyager mission. In 1976, just before the twin spacecraft launched, he became Assistant Lab Director at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

The Stories Behind the Voyager Mission: Linda Morabito Kelly

A.J.S. Rayl • September 05, 2002

Linda Morabito Kelly began working at Jet Propulsion Laboratories while still a student at the University of Southern California. In 1974, she accepted a fulltime position as an engineer in the Satellite Ephemeris Development and Orbit Determination section JPL.

The Stories Behind the Voyager Mission: Jurrie van der Woude

A.J.S. Rayl • September 05, 2002

Jurrie van der Woude worked for 25 years in the Jet Propulsion's Laboratory's Public Affairs Office as Image Coordinator. It was Jurrie who, working closely with the Voyager imaging team, chose the best images to release to the press.

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