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Phoenix is dead...long live Phoenix!

Emily Lakdawalla and Bruce Betts • June 02, 2010

The latest HiRISE images of the Phoenix polar lander, taken near Mars' northern summer solstice, show why we haven't heard from the spacecraft since it fell silent on November 2, 2008: it appears the solar panels have collapsed.

Pretty picture: Fly through the aurora

Emily Lakdawalla • April 05, 2010

Space Station astronaut Soichi Noguchi is an awesome photographer. This image is going straight into the "Best of 2010" collection.

And now for Luna 17 and Lunokhod 1

Emily Lakdawalla • March 17, 2010

I am delighted to report that within a day of the first view of Luna 21 and Lunokhod 2 since the end of that mission in 1973, the sister mission, Luna 17 and Lunokhod 1, has also been found.

Lunokhod found on the Moon -- and on Earth, too

Emily Lakdawalla • March 17, 2010

Yesterday I posted a bit of a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter camera image showing the tracks of the Russian Lunokhod 2 rover. Today, I can post for you an image showing the rover's final resting place

Soviet landers Luna 20, 23, and 24, plus the tracks of Lunokhod 2

Emily Lakdawalla • March 15, 2010

Today is the bonanza day for Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter: the first formal release of orbiter data happened this morning, including 10 Terabytes (that is 10 million Megabytes!) of camera data.

Gorgeous high-res image of the Apollo 17 landing site

Emily Lakdawalla • October 28, 2009

The LROC team posted today a new image of the Apollo 17 landing site, captured after Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter had gotten in to its 50-kilometer mapping orbit, so this is much more detailed than the previous view.

HiRISE sees Phoenix in the Martian spring

Emily Lakdawalla • October 28, 2009

These Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE images of the defunct Phoenix lander in the early dawn light of northern spring have been out for some time, but no one had accomplished the difficult task of locating the Phoenix hardware in them until this week.

LROC nabs image of the Apollo 14 S-IVB impact site

Emily Lakdawalla • October 08, 2009

As a reminder that we've been crashing stuff into the Moon for decades, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) team released today a photo of the crater made by the spent upper stage of the Saturn rocket that lofted the Apollo 14 mission to the Moon.

Atlantis and Crew Return Safely to Earth after Rejuvenating Hubble

Ken Kremer • May 25, 2009

Space Shuttle Atlantis and her crew of 7 astronauts glided in to a smooth and triumphant touchdown today, Sunday, May 24.

Farewell to Hubble, Obama Calls, Astronauts Testify to Congress as Shuttle is Set to Land

Ken Kremer • May 22, 2009

Farewell to Hubble, Obama Calls, Astronauts Testify to Congress as Shuttle is Set to Land

Fly me to the Moon...

Jim Bell • May 04, 2009

Jim Bell describes his proposal to join the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Cameras science team.

More things to see in the amazing HiRISE image of Phoenix' descent

Emily Lakdawalla • July 10, 2008

I have posted several times about the amazing photo captured by HiRISE of Phoenix under its parachute as it descended. There have been two common questions I've received about the photo: was there any color data taken, and what more can I tell you about how hard it was to take the photo? I've got answers to both questions for you today.

Rosetta Was Here

Emily Lakdawalla • February 25, 2007

This amazing view was captured by the CIVA camera on Rosetta's Philae lander just four minutes before its closest approach to Mars on February 25, 2007. The spacecraft was only 1,000 kilometers above the planet.

A photo of MESSENGER

Emily Lakdawalla • August 03, 2005

I was browsing the MESSENGER website just now, and found a neat photo. It's a picture of MESSENGER as seen from Earth when it flew by yesterday.

The Deep Impactor is safely on its way!

Emily Lakdawalla • July 03, 2005

I woke this morning to find a press release in my Inbox that said: "One hundred and seventy-one days into its 172-day journey to comet Tempel 1, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft successfully released its impactor at 11:07 p.m. Saturday, Pacific Daylight Time," or 06:07 UTC.

Martian Orbiter Takes Pictures of Neighboring Crafts Passing By

Amir Alexander • May 19, 2005

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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