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

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2009/01/31 11:00 CST

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.

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

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2009/01/30 10:51 CST

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.

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The Antarctic search for meteorites: return to civilization

Posted by ANSMET team on 2009/01/29 02:25 CST

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

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Spirit's not behaving normally -- sometimes

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/28 03:13 CST

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.

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Treasures from Mars' ancient history

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/28 12:06 CST

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

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ANSMET Blogs: Snow ends the season

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/27 01:23 CST

ANSMET Blogs: Snow ends the season

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Saturn and Tethys, in color

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/27 12:33 CST

Saturn and Tethys, in color

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Your friendly neighborhood asteroid

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/26 04:40 CST

Your friendly neighborhood asteroid

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The Antarctic search for meteorites: snow ends the season

Posted by ANSMET team on 2009/01/26 02:25 CST

The team wraps up their collection activites.

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/24 10:33 CST

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."

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The sol 18 shoe dropped today

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/23 05:45 CST

The sol 18 shoe dropped today

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365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: Voyage Past the Sideways Planet

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/23 10:17 CST

365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: Voyage Past the Sideways Planet

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Please send me your questions for Planetary Radio Q and A

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/22 01:46 CST

Please send me your questions for Planetary Radio Q and A

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/22 12:36 CST

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

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What are the rovers up to?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/21 06:48 CST

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

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What do we know about Uranus' moons? Part 1

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/20 06:26 CST

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.

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Asteroids awesomeness

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/20 11:06 CST

Asteroids awesomeness

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Some amateur imaging features

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/19 04:01 CST

Some amateur imaging features

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

Posted by ANSMET team on 2009/01/18 02:15 CST

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

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Mini-SAR: Another Chandrayaan-1 instrument checks in

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/16 03:57 CST

Mini-SAR: Another Chandrayaan-1 instrument checks in

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