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Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 3: Final discussion

Emily Lakdawalla • October 02, 2010

Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 3: Final discussion

Pretty picture: High-res color view of Prometheus and the F ring

Emily Lakdawalla • October 01, 2010

Pretty picture: High-res color view of Prometheus and the F ring

The 4th MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 3 - Engineering and Safety

Ryan Anderson • October 01, 2010

With the details of all four landing sites on the table, we started day 3 of the meeting by hearing from the engineers and several scientists about the properties of the ellipses, the risks for landing and the capabilities of the landing system.

Division of Planetary Sciences meeting next week; Career Panel Sunday

Emily Lakdawalla • October 01, 2010

Division of Planetary Sciences meeting next week; Career Panel Sunday

Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 3: Engineering constraints

Emily Lakdawalla • October 01, 2010

Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 3: Engineering constraints

Lou Friedman congratulates China

Emily Lakdawalla • October 01, 2010

Lou Friedman congratulates China

LightSail Update: The International Solar Sailing Symposium

Louis D. Friedman • October 01, 2010

Japan's IKAROS team stole the show at the International Solar Sailing Symposium in New York City, where they announced that their spacecraft had achieved controlled solar sail flight.

Chang'E 2 launches to the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • October 01, 2010

Chang'E 2 launches to the Moon

Join Our Galactic Quest for Exoplanets

Susan Lendroth • September 30, 2010

With the astronomical community is buzzing with news of an exoplanet found in a star's habitable zone, The Planetary Society will co-sponsor a special event that will be streamed live on Monday, October 4.

Mars Climate Sounder Watches Mars Weather to Prepare for Curiosity Landing

Emily Lakdawalla • September 30, 2010

I just posted the following update to the Mars Climate Sounder Team Website. I didn't realize until this message came in to my inbox that it is now one Mars year before Curiosity lands. Tick, tick, tick...

Bill Nye Connects with Space People at IAC

Susan Lendroth • September 30, 2010

The 61st International Astronautical Congress (IAC) is being held in Prague in the Czech Republic, and Bill Nye is attending on behalf of the Planetary Society.

Chang'E 2 launches in less than 24 hours, weather permitting

Emily Lakdawalla • September 30, 2010

Here are a few photos of Chang'E 2 meeting its launch vehicle in Xichang. It's a beautiful view of the spacecraft.

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Spirit Snoozes through September , Opportunity Bolts Past Halfway Mark to Endeavour Crater

A.J.S. Rayl • September 30, 2010

As Opportunity picked up the pace to Endeavour Crater this month and crossed the halfway point on the long journey from Victoria Crater and Spirit continued sleeping in hibernation mode, the Mars Exploration Rovers chalked up their 81st month of what was supposed to have been just a three-month tour of the Red Planet.

Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 2: Reports from Ryan Anderson

Emily Lakdawalla • September 30, 2010

I left the first day of the Fourth Mars Science Laboratory Landing Site Community Workshop on Monday just as they were getting in to the site-specific presentations. I left with no concern that I'd miss anything, though, because I knew that once he got done presenting his own work on Gale Crater, Cornell grad student Ryan Anderson would be taking notes and blogging the presentations on the other three sites.

Carnival of Space #171 and Planetary Radio on Science on the ISS

Emily Lakdawalla • September 30, 2010

Carnival of Space #171 is live over at Starry Critters. Every week, a different webmaster or blogger hosts the Carnival, showcasing articles written on the topic of space.

The 4th MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 2 - Holden

Ryan Anderson • September 29, 2010

The second site that we discussed yesterday was Holden Crater, a 155 kilometer crater that formed right in the middle of a huge drainage system.

The 4th MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 2 - Mawrth

Ryan Anderson • September 29, 2010

Today was jam-packed with interesting stuff about Mawrth, Holden, and Eberswalde! I took tons of notes, and I will try to use those to assemble a coherent picture of what was presented and discussed today.

What's up in the solar system in October 2010

Emily Lakdawalla • September 29, 2010

Out in space, the most exciting things cooking this month are on Deep Impact, which is fast approaching comet Hartley 2 for a November 4 encounter, and at the Moon, which should soon see a second orbiter, China's Chang'E 2, which is set to launch Friday.

The 4th MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 2 - Eberswalde

Ryan Anderson • September 29, 2010

The final site of the four that we discussed yesterday was Eberswalde, which of course is interesting because of the big delta that is preserved in the western part of the crater.

Mars Climate Sounder Watches Mars Weather to Prepare for Curiosity Landing

David Kass • September 29, 2010

Two weeks ago Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Mars Climate Sounder (MCS) started a four-week campaign to support entry, descent, and landing phase for the next Mars rover, Mars Science Laboratory (or "Curiosity").

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