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Curiosity update, sols 1548-1599: Serious drill brake problem as Curiosity drives through Murray red beds

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2017/02/03 02:21 CST

Since my last update, the Curiosity mission has developed a better understanding of the problem that prevented them from drilling at Precipice, but its intermittent nature has slowed the development of a workable solution that will allow them to use the drill again. In the meantime, the rover has driven onward, making good use of its other instruments.

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Need a break from Earth? Go stand on Mars with these lovely landscapes

Posted by Kevin Gill on 2017/01/25 09:01 CST | 6 comments

Amateur space image processor Kevin Gill shares some of his stunning 3D images of Mars, created from real spacecraft data.

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Amazing photos of tiny moons as Cassini orbits among the rings

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2017/01/19 12:39 CST | 6 comments

Behold: Daphnis, the tiny, 8-kilometer moon that orbits within a ring gap, gently tugging on the edges of the gap to create delicate scallops.

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Saturn's Ring Particles

Posted by Judy Schmidt on 2017/01/05 01:10 CST | 2 comments

Artist and astrophotographer Judy Schmidt brings us a view from within the rings of Saturn.

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Winter Solstice: A look at the solar system's north poles

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/12/21 07:00 CST | 2 comments

Today is the solstice, the longest winter night at Earth's north pole, the longest day of summer in the south. To give a little light to northerners in darkness today, please enjoy this gallery of images of (mostly) sunlit north poles across our solar system.

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ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter takes in a rarely-imaged view of Phobos

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/12/15 04:55 CST | 2 comments

ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter's science team enjoyed the opportunity in November to test out their science instruments on Mars. One of the tests involved imaging Phobos from an unusual angle.

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Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: The Space Between

Posted by Adam Block on 2016/11/25 02:16 CST | 1 comments

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares some of his beautiful photos showcasing interstellar phenomena.

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Schiaparelli investigation update; crash site in color from HiRISE

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/11/23 11:28 CST | 11 comments

ESA issued an update on the Schiaparelli landing investigation today, identifying a problem reading from an inertial measurement unit as the proximate cause of the crash. Meanwhile, ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is operating its science instruments for the first time this week, and HiRISE has released calibrated versions of the Schiaparelli crash site images.

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A week in the solar system

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/11/10 05:45 CST | 1 comments

A roundup of pretty pictures and news from our robotic ambassadors around the solar system, from November 4 through 8.

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Great whirling Jupiter

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/11/10 11:38 CST | 1 comments

Damian Peach's marvelous Jupiter photography, endlessly rotating in GIF form.

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Serene Saturn (or the “Glutton for Punishment” mosaic)

Posted by Ian Regan on 2016/11/08 10:25 CST | 8 comments

A week ago Saturday I decided -- against my better judgment -- to tackle this monster of a mosaic. I call it the "Glutton for Punishment" mosaic.

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Capturing Martian Weather in Motion

Posted by Justin Cowart on 2016/11/04 09:41 CDT | 1 comments

Still images of Mars often give a false impression that Mars is a dead planet—but time-lapse imaging from the European Mars Express spacecraft reveals the planet as it really is.

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Schiaparelli crash site imaged by HiRISE

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/10/27 11:43 CDT | 1 comments

Following up the detection of the Schiaparelli crash site by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter CTX, the higher-resolution HiRISE camera has now definitively identified the locations of lander impact site, parachute with backshell, and heat shield impact site on the Martian surface.

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New Gems from the Moon
JAXA Releases the Complete Image Set from Kaguya’s HDTV Camera

Posted by Bill Dunford on 2016/10/10 04:00 CDT | 3 comments

More than seven years after the end of its mission, JAXA has released the entire data set from Kaguya's HDTV cameras.

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Fun with a new image data set: Mars Orbiter Mission's Mars Colour Camera

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/10/06 06:16 CDT | 11 comments

It's always a delight to sink my teeth into a new data set, and I have spent this week playing with one I've been anticipating for a long time: ISRO's Mars Orbiter's Mars Colour Camera, or MCC. MCC is unique among current Mars cameras in its ability to get color, print-quality, wide-angle, regional views of Mars.

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MOM's Second Anniversary at Mars

Posted by Sandhya Ramesh on 2016/10/05 01:04 CDT | 1 comments

On Mars Orbiter Mission’s second anniversary of Mars arrival, ISRO has (finally!) made available to the public data from its first year in orbit.

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OSIRIS-REx’s cameras see first light

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/09/29 03:34 CDT

As OSIRIS-REx speeds away from Earth, it’s been turning on and testing out its various engineering functions and science instruments. Proof of happy instrument status has come from several cameras, including the star tracker, MapCam, and StowCam.

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Juno and Marble Movie update at Apojove 1

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/09/22 12:51 CDT | 4 comments

Juno is on its second of two long orbits around Jupiter, reaching apojove (its farthest distance from the planet) today.

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Some beautiful new (old) views of Neptune and Triton

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/09/20 02:40 CDT | 4 comments

Beautiful new amateur work with 27-year-old Voyager data.

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Gaia's first galaxy map

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/09/14 02:45 CDT | 3 comments

The astronomy world is abuzz today because of ESA's announcement of the first release of data from the Gaia mission. Gaia is a five-year mission that will eventually measure the positions and motions of billions of stars; this first data release includes positions for 1.1 billion of them, and proper motions for 2 million.

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