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Charon in 3D

Emily Lakdawalla • October 13, 2015

Last week, the pile of New Horizons LORRI camera raw image releases included nine frames from a high-resolution mosaic on Charon. Together with the color MVIC view, they make a 3D global photo of Pluto's moon. Other recently released goodies include a global backlit color image of Pluto and the first image that resolves the tiny moon Styx.

New Horizons releases new color pictures of Charon, high-resolution lookback photo of Pluto

Emily Lakdawalla • October 02, 2015

Now that New Horizons is regularly sending back data, the mission is settling into a routine of releasing a set of captioned images on Thursdays, followed by raw LORRI images on Friday. The Thursday releases give us the opportunity to see lovely color data from the spacecraft's Ralph MVIC instrument. This week, the newly available color data set covered Charon.

Thousands of Photos by Apollo Astronauts now on Flickr

Jason Davis • October 02, 2015

A cache of more than 8,400 unedited, high-resolution photos taken by Apollo astronauts during trips to the moon is now available for viewing and download on Flickr.

The solar system at 1 kilometer per pixel: Can you identify these worlds? The answers

Emily Lakdawalla • September 30, 2015

Last Friday I posted an image containing 18 samples of terrain, all shown at the same scale. Were you able to figure out which square was which? Here are the answers.

The solar system at 1 kilometer per pixel: Can you identify these worlds?

Emily Lakdawalla • September 25, 2015

A look at the surfaces of 18 worlds in our solar system, all at the same scale.

Lose yourself in this high-resolution portrait of Pluto

Emily Lakdawalla • September 24, 2015

Enlarge this image to its full 8000-pixel-square glory and lose yourself in it.

Checking in on Uranus and Neptune, September 2015 edition

Emily Lakdawalla • September 22, 2015

There are no spacecraft at Uranus or Neptune, and there haven't been for 30 and 25 years, respectively. So we depend on Earth-based astronomers to monitor them, including Damian Peach.

Spectacular New Horizons photo of Pluto's hazes and mountains: How it was made

Emily Lakdawalla • September 17, 2015

Today, New Horizons released a stunning new image of Pluto's backlit mountains and hazes. I explain how the image was taken with its Ralph Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera.

Roundup of the September 11, 2015 New Horizons raw image release

Emily Lakdawalla • September 15, 2015

Last Friday the Internet received its first post-encounter pile of goodies from the New Horizons flyby of the Pluto system.

Finding the Surveyor retro-rockets on the Moon

Phil Stooke • September 15, 2015

Planetary scientist Phil Stooke may have found the retro-rockets from NASA's Lunar Surveyor missions, sent to the Moon in preparation for Apollo.

In Pictures: A Partial Solar Eclipse from Space

Jason Davis • September 15, 2015

Two sun-observing spacecraft in Earth orbit captured images of a partial solar eclipse Sunday morning.

A Workhorse at Mars

Tanya Harrison • September 11, 2015

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Context Camera (CTX) is almost a silent star at Mars. The latest MRO data release brought the total number of available CTX images to over 70,000, covering well over 90% of the Red Planet at a stunning resolution of 6 meters per pixel.

Pretty Pictures: Downlink of the Full New Horizons Data Set Has Begun

Emily Lakdawalla • September 10, 2015

New Horizons has begun the long process of downlinking all the images it acquired during its July Pluto flyby.

Pretty Picture: A Sweeping View of the Martian South Pole

Jason Davis • September 10, 2015

The European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft captured a sweeping view of Mars' south pole, along with a region extending northward to Hellas Basin.

Dawn Ceres image bonanza: Grab your 3D glasses!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 09, 2015

For months, Dawn has been steadily, methodically sharing dozens of images of brand-new sights of a previously unexplored icy world. For the last couple of days I've been making up for lost time, completely buried in the Dawn Ceres images, and I have some maps and 3D anaglyphs to share with you.

Dropping Orion in the Desert: NASA Completes Key Parachute Test

Jason Davis • August 27, 2015

NASA’s Orion spacecraft completed a key parachute test Aug. 26 at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona.

Three space fan visualizations of New Horizons' Pluto-Charon flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • August 25, 2015

It has been a difficult wait for new New Horizons images, but the wait is almost over; Alan Stern announced at today's Outer Planets Advisory Group meeting that image downlink will resume September 5. In the meantime, a few space fans are making the most of the small amount of data that has been returned to date.

Galileo's best pictures of Jupiter's ringmoons

Emily Lakdawalla • August 24, 2015

People often ask me to produce one of my scale-comparison montages featuring the small moons of the outer solar system. I'd love to do that, but Galileo's best images of Jupiter's ringmoons lack detail compared to Cassini's images from Saturn.

Dawn Journal: Mapping Ceres

Marc Rayman • August 22, 2015

More than two centuries after its discovery, Ceres is being mapped in great detail by the Dawn spacecraft. Chief Engineer and Mission Director Marc Rayman gives an update on Dawn's progress.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Long Exposures

Adam Block • August 21, 2015

Astrophotographer Adam Block brings us images showcasing beauty in details requiring extended exposures to capture.

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