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Last two days to send your photo in to the New Horizons Digital Time Capsule!

Emily Lakdawalla • October 30, 2006

Time's almost up to submit a photo to the New Horizons Digital Time Capsule!

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: New Milestones Set as Spirit Celebrates 1000 Sols, Opportunity Digs Victoria with a Little Help from a Friend

A.J.S. Rayl • October 30, 2006

The Mars Exploration Rovers managed to log another couple of significant milestones this month even as they worked in place, on autopilot, for the last two weeks during superior conjunction, the period that occurs every 2 years when Earth and Mars orbit into positions on opposite sides of the Sun, obscured from each other. With the conjunction now over, the rovers are slated to be back in command operation by tomorrow, All Hallow's Eve or, more popularly, Halloween.

MESSENGER's Venus flyby successful

Emily Lakdawalla • October 24, 2006

A press release just hit my mailbox stating that MESSENGER has been heard from since its Venus flyby, so there are now only four flybys to go before MESSENGER will be in orbit at Mercury!

MESSENGER is approaching its first Venus flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • October 23, 2006

There is a big event taking place tomorrow: the MESSENGER spacecraft flies by Venus for the first time.

Update: Monitoring the Weather?

Louis D. Friedman • October 20, 2006

The bigger the dream, the harder it is to achieve it. Our dream at The Planetary Society is to fly the first solar sail mission -- and prove the technology that might someday take humanity to the stars.

Telescope Goes "Semi-Automatic"

Andrew Howard • October 20, 2006

Andrew Howard talks about the "semi-automated" nature of the observations from the Optical SETI telescope.

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