Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2010/12/31 11:00 CST
The Mars Exploration Rovers are wrapping up another year of exploring their seventh -- having experienced both the best of times and the worst of times: Spirit continued a 10-month struggle to endure its coldest, harshest Martian winter yet; Opportunity set a new record for driving despite an arthritic front wheel and a broken shoulder, putting more miles on her rocker bogie in 2010 than in any other single year.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/31 08:04 CST
This week is the end for Kodachrome film. It's a casualty of the digital revolution.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/30 02:53 CST
Ready for the New Year? It's going to be an exciting one.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/29 12:14 CST
Did you know that before Bill Nye was the Planetary Guy or even the Science Guy he was an aerospace engineer, designing components for the Boeing 747?
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/29 11:36 CST
SOHO was launched more than 15 years ago to study the Sun, primarily; but a side benefit of its constant observation of the Sun has been its ability to notice "sungrazers," comets that are on deadly close approaches to our star.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/27 03:27 CST
In a move that's kind of hard to understand in the wake of the immense public outreach success of the Hayabusa mission, JAXA is closing JAXA i, its public information center in Tokyo today (December 28 in Japan).
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