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Mars As Art

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/15 12:41 CDT

Attention Mars data trawlers! NASA Headquarters is looking for community input on an exhibition and book of "Mars As Art."

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The Voyager Mission Updates

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/14 01:39 CDT

We take for granted now the ability to get detailed mission updates in a timely fashion via the Web. But How did people get their mission status before the Web?

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Carnival of Space #169

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/14 01:29 CDT

The 169th Carnival of Space is live over at Next Big Future. Check it out!

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More from the Ozma@50 Workshop

Posted by Jon Lomberg on 2010/09/14 12:22 CDT

Today's sessions at the Ozma@50 conference stretched the mind as these multidisciplinary gatherings usually do.

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Book review: Older Than the Stars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/14 11:15 CDT

Older Than the Stars is a book about Big Bang cosmology, solar system formation, and human evolution for young children.

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Browse the Cassini RPWS data set

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/13 03:14 CDT

Periodically, usually after I've posted some images pulled out of an image archive, a reader asks me: "What about all the non-image data? Are those public too?" The answer is yes.

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Mars Exploration Challenge Launches Today

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2010/09/13 11:49 CDT

The explorers who will someday walk on Mars are in school today. Exactly who they are, we don't yet know. But we do know that they are among the students who are captivated by the wonders of science and the challenges of engineering.

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365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: The Flight of Hayabusa

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/12 10:50 CDT

Today the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast aired my contribution, The Flight of Hayabusa, a recap of that dramatic mission.

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Report from SETI workshop marking 50 years since Project Ozma

Posted by Jon Lomberg on 2010/09/12 02:26 CDT

Jon Lomberg repots from NRAO--the National Radio Astronomy Observatory-- in Greenbank, West Virginia on a SETI workshop marking the 50th anniversary of Project Ozma.

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Jaded by Mars Organics

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/09/11 04:35 CDT

So, you may have heard the news making the rounds last week that a new analysis of the Viking data suggests there may actually be organics and (dare I even say it?) life on Mars! Yawn. Consider me underwhelmed.

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Pretty picture: Crescent Dione

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/10 04:02 CDT

I was busy with other projects today, so today's post just asks you to look at this gorgeous three-image mosaic of a crescent Dione, taken during Cassini's most recent flyby a week ago.

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NASA: NOT Grounded

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/09 11:40 CDT

So I just received my "special anniversary issue" of Discover magazine, to which I've been a subscriber since, I think, 1986.

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China's Yinghuo-1 Mars Orbiter

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/09 05:12 CDT

A helpful reader has sent me copies of three recently published papers on China's first planetary probe, the Yinghuo-1 orbiter.

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Early warning for close approaches of two house-sized asteroids

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/08 01:31 CDT

Most of you have probably heard by now of two small asteroids, both in the neighborhood of 10 meters in diameter, recently discovered on trajectories that pass unusually close to Earth.

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Deep Impact snaps first image of flyby target comet Hartley 2

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/08 12:51 CDT

Deep Impact is rapidly approaching its next -- and final -- target, comet Hartley 2, which it will fly by on November 4.

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Two natural bridges on the Moon (now with 3D!)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/07 01:28 CDT

Imagine this landscape: you're walking across an unusually smooth lunar surface, an impact melt sheet on the floor of a relatively recently formed crater.

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Bill Nye Given the World(s)

Posted by Susan Lendroth on 2010/09/07 07:01 CDT

Lou Friedman handed off the keys to the Planetary Society -- and a few worlds as well -- to new Executive Director Bill Nye.

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Neptune from two slightly different perspectives

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/06 10:39 CDT

Coincidentally, two new images of Neptune were posted today, from two very different sources.

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Fly over Saturn's icy moons

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/02 11:09 CDT

A couple of weeks ago Paul Schenk posted a few really cool videos to his personal blog. Paul's subspecialty is the topography of icy moons, and he's been doing a lot of work on the moons of Saturn lately.

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Special report by Bill Nye from the VEXAG Meeting

Posted by Bill Nye on 2010/09/02 04:01 CDT

Is Venus the forgotten planet, or just one that's hard to figure out?

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