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Watch that front wheel spin!

Emily Lakdawalla • December 17, 2009

Holy cow, look at that right front wheel spin. I am alternately amazed and horrified by this animation.

A teeny weeny bit of movement in Spirit's right front wheel

Emily Lakdawalla • December 14, 2009

The ever-vigilant Doug Ellison just posted this animation, which really actually does show a teeny tiny bit of motion in the right front wheel. If you don't notice any motion, look closer.

Encouraging motion on Spirit

Emily Lakdawalla • November 19, 2009

It really looks like the second attempt at driving Spirit out of the trap has had the hoped-for result: some forward progress (maybe about a centimeter), and no evidence for further downward sinking.

Results of the first "Free Spirit" extrication drive, sol 2088: not much, as expected

Emily Lakdawalla • November 17, 2009

Even though all of us rover fans know that Spirit is really, really stuck, I think I'm not the only one who was secretly hoping that today's images downlinked from Spirit would show that the rover had magically popped out of the ground overnight. Of course, she didn't.

Rosetta Earth swingby successful

Emily Lakdawalla • November 13, 2009

Rosetta appears to have operated flawlessly as it streaked past Earth for its flyby early this morning. Here are a few more gems from the flyby.

New HiRISE image of Spirit at Home Plate

Emily Lakdawalla • September 03, 2009

There's a lovely new color HiRISE image of Spirit at Home Plate. It was captured on July 16 (sol 1,968), and Spirit is firmly entrenched at Troy, on the western side of Home Plate.

Dust storm update: Skies clearing for Spirit

Emily Lakdawalla • September 02, 2009

For a while, Mars was beating Spirit while she was down, throwing a dust storm at the rover where it's bogged up to its hubcaps in fluffy soil When lots of dust is lofted into the sky, the hazard is that when it comes down, it may come down on the rover and its solar panels. But it appears things on Spirit are still pretty clean.

Gravity's Bow

Timothy Reed • June 15, 2009

Timothy Reed explains how optical telescopes are tested for gravity sag, and the methods used to counteract or compensate for it.

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.

What's left to do in assembling the Space Station

Emily Lakdawalla • May 07, 2008

A little project I've been wanting to do for some time, combing the NASA archives for photos that document the assembly of the International Space Station.

"Return of the Falcon," a new animation of the Hayabusa mission

Emily Lakdawalla • November 26, 2007

JAXA has released a 30-minute video of the Hayabusa mission, "Return of the Falcon," combining computer animation with actual footage of the construction and launch as well as images from the spacecraft of Itokawa.

Dawn Launch: A Brilliant Flash and a Thunderous Roar!

Ken Kremer • September 27, 2007

At 7:34 a.m. EDT the Delta II Heavy roared off launch pad 17 B at Cape Canaveral with a brilliant flash of glowing orange light and billowing white smoke.

A couple of neat artist's conceptions of ExoMars

Emily Lakdawalla • May 26, 2006

With the Aurora program under way, the next European mission to Mars will be a rover named ExoMars, to be launched in 2011.

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