Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/02 10:39 CDT
Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 3: Final discussion
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/01 11:23 CDT
Pretty picture: High-res color view of Prometheus and the F ring
Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/10/01 07:20 CDT
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.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/01 04:58 CDT
Division of Planetary Sciences meeting next week; Career Panel Sunday
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/01 02:36 CDT
Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 3: Engineering constraints
Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/10/01 12:00 CDT
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.
Posted by Susan Lendroth on 2010/09/30 06:07 CDT
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.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/30 12:46 CDT
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...
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/30 12:04 CDT
Here are a few photos of Chang'E 2 meeting its launch vehicle in Xichang. It's a beautiful view of the spacecraft.
Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2010/09/30 12:00 CDT
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.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/30 11:37 CDT
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.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/30 11:33 CDT
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.
Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/09/29 07:20 CDT
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.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/29 01:34 CDT
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.
Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/09/29 12:55 CDT
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.
Posted by David Kass on 2010/09/29 12:00 CDT
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").