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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Spirit and Opportunity Begin Sixth Year of Exploration

A.J.S. Rayl • January 31, 2009

The Mars Exploration Rover mission crossed the finish line of another major milestone this month, marking its fifth anniversary of exploring the Red Planet. As team members celebrated and shared stories in events all around Los Angeles, Spirit and Opportunity kept on roving, bucking up under the inevitable pains of growing older. They're heading now for their next major destinations.

Dawn Journal: Just Missing the Bull's Eye at Mars

Marc Rayman • January 30, 2009

Dawn continues on course for its pas de deux with Mars on February 17. The planet's gravity will gracefully assist the spacecraft on its way to rendezvous with its intended celestial partners Vesta and Ceres in the more distant asteroid belt.

The Antarctic search for meteorites: return to civilization

ANSMET team • January 29, 2009

The team returns to civilization, having completed their Antarctic mission.

Spirit's not behaving normally -- sometimes

Emily Lakdawalla • January 28, 2009

Rather than try to interpret what's going on, I'm just going to repost in full a "rover mission status report" (always an ominous subject heading) I just received from the JPL media relations office. I'll post updates when any are available.

Treasures from Mars' ancient history

Emily Lakdawalla • January 28, 2009

In which I discover Earl Slipher's Mars: The Photographic Story.

ANSMET Blogs: Snow ends the season

Emily Lakdawalla • January 27, 2009

ANSMET Blogs: Snow ends the season

Saturn and Tethys, in color

Emily Lakdawalla • January 27, 2009

Saturn and Tethys, in color

Your friendly neighborhood asteroid

Emily Lakdawalla • January 26, 2009

Your friendly neighborhood asteroid

The Antarctic search for meteorites: snow ends the season

ANSMET team • January 26, 2009

The team wraps up their collection activites.

365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: Five Years of Living Vicariously on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • January 24, 2009

Next in The Planetary Society's 365 Days of Astronomy doubleheader is Planetary Society President Jim Bell, whose show, airing today, is on "Five Years of Living Vicariously on Mars."

The sol 18 shoe dropped today

Emily Lakdawalla • January 23, 2009

The sol 18 shoe dropped today

365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: Voyage Past the Sideways Planet

Emily Lakdawalla • January 23, 2009

365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: Voyage Past the Sideways Planet

Please send me your questions for Planetary Radio Q and A

Emily Lakdawalla • January 22, 2009

Please send me your questions for Planetary Radio Q and A

ANSMET blogs: So close to the 500-meteorite mark...

Emily Lakdawalla • January 22, 2009

ANSMET blogs: So close to the 500-meteorite mark...

What are the rovers up to?

Emily Lakdawalla • January 21, 2009

Spirit's been getting some nice views of the spot it spent all of 2008 in, "Home Plate north." Meanwhile, Opportunity is motoring along.

What do we know about Uranus' moons? Part 1

Emily Lakdawalla • January 20, 2009

I got an urge to dive in to the Voyager image archives and see what exactly we have here on Earth to base our understanding of the Uranian moons on.

Mars Methane Movie

Ryan Anderson • January 20, 2009

NASA has put together a nice movie of Dr. Mike Mumma summarizing his discovery of methane on Mars.

Asteroids awesomeness

Emily Lakdawalla • January 20, 2009

Asteroids awesomeness

Some amateur imaging features

Emily Lakdawalla • January 19, 2009

Some amateur imaging features

The Antarctic search for meteorites: tantalizingly close to the 500-meteorite mark

ANSMET team • January 18, 2009

The season total is at 489, tantalizingly close to the 500 meteorite barrier.

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