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4th MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 1

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/09/28 07:20 CDT

Today was the first of a three day workshop in which the Mars science community gathers together and hashes out what we know and what we don't know about the four finalist MSL landing sites.

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Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 1 notes: Introduction, biosignatures, and mineralogy

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/28 05:57 CDT

I apologize in advance for the expanse of text, but I hope that some of you will find the details interesting.

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China to launch Chang'E 2 on Friday, October 1

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/28 12:14 CDT

Via the Lunar Listserv this morning I learned of the impending launch of a new lunar orbiter, Chang'E 2, planned for this Friday, October 1, from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan.

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Dawn Journal: Third Anniversary in Space, and How to Map Vesta

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2010/09/28 11:48 CDT

On the third anniversary of traveling through the solar system on its own since dispatching Dawn on a separate journey, Earth continues to orbit the sun in much the same way it has been.

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Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: A review

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/27 05:59 CDT

Today, tomorrow, and Wednesday, about 200 scientists and engineers will sit in an over-air-conditioned room in Monrovia, California to participate in what is officially titled the "Fourth Mars Science Laboratory Landing Site Community Workshop."

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The 4th MSL Landing Site Workshop

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/09/24 07:20 CDT

Well folks, I'm off to Pasadena to help the Mars community decide where to send its next rover.

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Voyager Mission Status Bulletins: Jupiter and Saturn

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/24 01:27 CDT

Last week I posted a stack of Voyager Mission Status Bulletins, which were once the main resource for space enthusiasts to follow the dramatic events and photos of an in-flight space mission.

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Review: Recess Monkey: The Final Funktier

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/24 12:13 CDT

The Final Funktier is a kids' music album that is (a) delightful for grownups too and (b) features largely space-themed tracks. Win!

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Venus: Not so neat and tidy as we thought

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/23 12:12 CDT

Pioneer Venus discovered a stable "dipole" near Venus' north pole, and Venus Express found the same thing near Venus' south pole. Except now Venus Express has found it's not as stable as once thought.

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Opportunity rolls up to Oileán Ruaidh

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/22 05:17 CDT

Opportunity is continuing to make tracks toward Endeavour crater, but just because she's got a goal for her road trip doesn't mean she won't stop and smell the flowers from time to time. Er, did I say "flowers?" I meant "meteorites."

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Deep Impact approaching Hartley 2

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/22 04:23 CDT

The Deep Impact spacecraft team has released a third image from their approach to comet Hartley 2, and for me, three images is an invitation to make an animation!

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Pretty picture: Europa and Jupiter

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/21 05:29 CDT

Photos like this always make me think about how unimportant size is in determining whether one of the worlds of the solar system is an exciting place.

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Seeing Curiosity

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/20 04:32 CDT

I've been itching to get back to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to get a good look at Curiosity, the next Mars rover.

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It's International Observe the Moon Night

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/18 05:06 CDT

Hey everybody, go out and look up at the Moon! It's International Observe the Moon night.

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An unusual Hubble photo of Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/17 05:20 CDT

Amateur image magician Ted Stryk dug up this lovely view of Mars, captured on May 9, 2003 by the Hubble Space Telescope. This photo is unusual for its relatively high phase.

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Beyond Earth T-shirt features 23 space missions

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/17 11:19 CDT | 4 comments

Let other geeks have their T-shirts with fictional space explorers -- now you can emblazon your chest with 23 space missions that have really explored space!

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Gale Crater Geomorphology Paper - Published!

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/09/16 07:20 CDT

Big news folks! The huge paper that I've been working on for the last couple years is finally, unbelievably, published!

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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter press briefing: silicic volcanoes on the Moon

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/16 01:56 CDT

I'm listening to a press briefing from several members of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter science team, regarding three papers published today in Science.

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Update from the Ozma@50 Workshop

Posted by Jon Lomberg on 2010/09/16 01:07 CDT

Frank Drake used the 85' radio telescope at Green Bank to conduct the first modern Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence in 1960. Using a very simple receiver and no computers, he listened to each of two sunlike stars for 100 seconds. Call that unit 1 Ozma.

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Opportunity's rocky road ahead, good news for an aging rover

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/15 04:38 CDT

What a difference a couple of months of driving make. Here's the sort of view of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's road ahead that I'm accustomed to, taken two months ago.

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