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Announcement for DPS 2013: New plan for "Agency Night" features...me!

Emily Lakdawalla • October 07, 2013

I'll be representing The Planetary Society on a quickly-replanned panel at tomorrow's Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting Agency Night, in the absence of any representatives from federal funding agencies.

DPS 2013: Some quick updates on Mercury

Emily Lakdawalla • October 07, 2013

Some notes from the first day of the Division for Planetary Sciences meeting on Mercury.

An Ongoing Odyssey

Bill Dunford • October 07, 2013

Twelve years on, Mars Odyssey just keeps sending great images.

Gaia Prepares for Ultimate Galactic Census

Jason Davis • October 06, 2013

The European Space Agency's Gaia spacecraft is set to embark on a five-year, billion-star census next month.

Planetary evangelism

Emily Lakdawalla • October 06, 2013

It's so exciting when the small talk that lubricates social interactions with strangers turns into an excited discussion of space and science.

Congratulations to LADEE on arrival at the Moon!

Emily Lakdawalla • October 06, 2013

After a one-month journey from Earth to the Moon, NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) safely entered orbit at 10:57 UTC today, October 6.

Photos: India's Mars Orbiter Mission arrives at launch site

Emily Lakdawalla • October 05, 2013

ISRO posted five photos from the momentous day of the Mars Orbiter Mission's shipment to Sriharikota.

On space kindness and the Chelyabinsk meteor

Vitaliy Egorov • October 04, 2013

Through an act of kindness, we now have images of the Chelyabinsk meteor trail from Russia's Elektro-L satellite.

Government shutdown closes 3 of 4 National Radio Astronomy Observatories

Emily Lakdawalla • October 04, 2013

The shutdown of the federal government continues to claim casualties. Today, the Green Bank Telescope, Very Large Array, and Very Long Baseline Arrays all shut their doors, blinding us to the radio sky and scuttling long-term research projects.

The 45th Division for Planetary Sciences meeting, Oct 6-11, 2013

Emily Lakdawalla • October 04, 2013

The annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society begins on Sunday and runs for a week in Denver, Colorado. I'll be attending all week, bringing you the latest news from across the solar system.

Google+ Hangout with ESA about Europe's Mars exploration

Emily Lakdawalla • October 04, 2013

The European Space Agency invited me to join Mars Express project scientist Olivier Witasse, and spacecraft oeprations manager Michel Denis for a Hangout on Europe's recent and future exploration of Mars and Phobos.

NASA's MAVEN Mission Spared from Shutdown

Casey Dreier • October 03, 2013

Launch preparations will resume for NASA's MAVEN spacecraft, due to launch to Mars on November 18th. Work had previously been suspended, potentially causing the spacecraft to miss its once-every-26-month launch opportunity.

Super cool Phobos and Deimos animations from Mars Express

Emily Lakdawalla • October 03, 2013

I've been delving in to the Mars Express image archive this week, checking out its images of Phobos, and found a couple of really cool time-series of images to assemble into animations.

I cannot volunteer my time to work on NASA business during the furlough

Les Johnson • October 03, 2013

Today I received my furlough notice from NASA. Since my job isn’t considered “excepted,” in other words, since no one will be injured or die if I don’t report for work, then I am to remain at home until recalled to work after the Congress passes and the President signs some sort of budget or continuing resolution to keep the government running.

Yes, there seems to be a hole in Curiosity's left front wheel, and no, that's not a problem

Emily Lakdawalla • October 02, 2013

Some brand-new images just arrived from Curiosity on Mars, and two of the most recent are Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) images of the wheels. Today's images contained two little surprises.

LADEE has finally left Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • October 02, 2013

When LADEE launched on September 6, it launched into Earth orbit. Today, it is finally on a path that will take it to its October 6 lunar orbit insertion. Its operation is continuing normally in the face of the U.S. government's shutdown yesterday, as is that of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter achieves imaging of comet ISON from Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • October 02, 2013

Yesterday, the much-anticipated comet ISON made its closest pass by Mars. Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's HiRISE camera is the first to achieve a positive detection of the somewhat-fainter-than-expected comet in its photos.

On Gandhi's birthday, India ships Mars spacecraft to launch site

Emily Lakdawalla • October 02, 2013

Several Indian news sites posted a press wire article this morning indicating that India's Mars Orbiter Mission departed its assembly and testing facility in Bangalore today and is now on the way to the coastal launch site, the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, a journey of about 400 kilometers.

Origami Nanosats: The Future of Space Telescopes?

Casey Dreier • October 01, 2013

We interview Dr. Franck Marchis from the SETI Institute about nanosats that can unfold in space to create sensitive telescopes that are orders of magnitudes cheaper than current hardware.

Women scientists: Tell Your Story and Inspire Others in Astronomy

Hadiza Mohammed • October 01, 2013

Women Rock Science is working with the Knowledge Observatory to create an interactive display of women in astronomy from all over the world for an upcoming science festival.

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