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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.

The Stories Behind the Voyager Mission: Bruce Murray

A.J.S. Rayl • September 05, 2002

Bruce C. Murray served as the only geologist on the team planning the Grand Tour, which was cancelled by NASA in 1972, but which led to Voyager the same year. He later became the Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a position he held from 1976 to 1982, the early glory years of the mission.

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