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Door 4 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/04 02:03 CST

Time to open the fourth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this crater-specked mound?

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Door 3 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/03 04:20 CST

Time to open the third door in the advent calendar. Until the New Year, I'll be opening a door onto a different landscape from somewhere in the solar system. Where in the solar system is this wispy terrain?

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Best "Arsenic and Odd Life" coverage

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/03 10:03 CST

Last night I asked via Twitter for recommendations for articles that did the best job explaining the significance of the work, by people who actually read the relevant paper in Science.

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Door 2 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/02 03:28 CST

Time to open the second door in the advent calendar. Until the New Year, I'll be opening a door onto a different landscape from somewhere in the solar system. Can you guess where this crater-scarred surface lies?

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Arsenic and Deep Space?

Posted by Bill Nye on 2010/12/02 12:10 CST

If you or I ingest arsenic, well...it doesn't go so well. If you are, on the other hand, a certain species of bacterium from Mono Lake, California, ingesting this seemingly toxic metal is simple enough.

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Carnival of Space #179, Kids in Space, Lou's View

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/01 02:25 CST

Wander over to Weird Sciences for the 179th Carnival of Space! Every week, a different webmaster or blogger hosts the Carnival, showcasing articles written on the topic of space.

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Door 1 in the Planetary Society Blog 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/01 11:05 CST

December really has arrived, and that means that the year is racing to a close. Continuing last year's tradition, I'm counting the days to the New Year with an advent calendar, where each "door" opens onto a global image of a different world in the solar system.

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What's up in the solar system in December 2010

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/30 05:11 CST

The year is racing to a close — I can't believe December is here already! Here's Olaf Frohn's map of where everybody is on December 1st.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Mission Looks Back in Honor to Apollo 12, and Drives Exploration Onward

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2010/11/30 11:00 CST

The Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) forged on in November, their 83rd month of an expedition originally planned for three months: Spirit remained silent at Gusev Crater presumably still re-charging her batteries, as Opportunity roved through a field of craters pressing on toward Endeavour Crater, quietly claiming title along the way to being the first roving robot to drive 25 kilometers on Mars.

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What's the significance of this unremarkable spot on the Moon?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/29 08:38 CST

This was a fun image released by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera science team. Take a look at it and see if you can figure out what the significance of the red arrow is.

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A few Mars Express Phobos goodies

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/26 02:13 CST

To celebrate Mars Express' recent mission extension to 2014, here are some cool pictures that it took of Mars' inner and larger moon Phobos.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/25 11:54 CST

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Final set of Voyager Mission Status Bulletins: The Voyager 2 Neptune flyby and beyond

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/24 06:37 CST

I'm surprised no one's emailed me demanding the last batch of Voyager mission status bulletins! Well, here they are.

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We Make It Happen

Posted by Susan Lendroth on 2010/11/23 03:12 CST

Matt Lucking, our Regional Coordinator for the Bay Area Volunteers in northern California, shared a nice tribute to the Planetary Society — reminding us all how much the work we do matters.

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ESA commits to extending 11 missions' space operations for 3 years

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/23 07:41 CST

Europe is apparently of the mind that science and technology will help to carry them out of tough economic times, and has made three-year commitments to continue the in-space operations of 11 missions through 2014.

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Two signs we're living in the 21st century: SpaceX and Stardust

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/22 04:18 CST

Two brief but significant news items today made me stop and think about how far we've come in space travel.

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Stars Above, Earth Below Calendars and other space gifty goodies

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/22 04:09 CST

Ever since I first saw Tyler Nordgren's awe-inspiring photographs of the Milky Way arching above the natural wonders of the national parks, I knew I wanted them on my wall. Well, now I can get them, and you can too.

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Jupiter's outbreak is spreading

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/22 11:03 CST

Jupiter, always a pretty sight in the sky, is now worth visiting every day; the "outbreak" that heralds the return of Jupiter's formerly red, now fadedsouth equatorial belt is expanding and multiplying.

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Reviews of Ten Space-themed Books for Kids

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/19 04:38 CST

As I did last year, I'm hereby posting reviews and comments on every recent space book for kids that's crossed my desk in the last several months.

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Miscellany

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/18 05:31 CST

The saddest item of business to note in this linky post is that noted astronomer Brian Marsden, retired director of the Minor Planet Center and a good friend to many, passed away yesterday at the age of 73.

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