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Door 4 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 04, 2010

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

Door 3 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 03, 2010

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?

Best "Arsenic and Odd Life" coverage

Emily Lakdawalla • December 03, 2010

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.

Door 2 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 02, 2010

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?

Arsenic and Deep Space?

Bill Nye • December 02, 2010

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.

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

Emily Lakdawalla • December 01, 2010

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.

Door 1 in the Planetary Society Blog 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 01, 2010

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.

What's up in the solar system in December 2010

Emily Lakdawalla • November 30, 2010

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.

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

A.J.S. Rayl • November 30, 2010

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.

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

Emily Lakdawalla • November 29, 2010

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.

A few Mars Express Phobos goodies

Emily Lakdawalla • November 26, 2010

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

Happy Thanksgiving!

Emily Lakdawalla • November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

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

Emily Lakdawalla • November 24, 2010

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

We Make It Happen

Susan Lendroth • November 23, 2010

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.

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

Emily Lakdawalla • November 23, 2010

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.

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

Emily Lakdawalla • November 22, 2010

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

Stars Above, Earth Below Calendars and other space gifty goodies

Emily Lakdawalla • November 22, 2010

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.

Jupiter's outbreak is spreading

Emily Lakdawalla • November 22, 2010

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.

Reviews of Ten Space-themed Books for Kids

Emily Lakdawalla • November 19, 2010

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.

Miscellany

Emily Lakdawalla • November 18, 2010

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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