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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/10/30 11:31 CST

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

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

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2006/10/30 11:00 CST

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.

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MESSENGER's Venus flyby successful

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/10/24 02:51 CDT

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!

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MESSENGER is approaching its first Venus flyby

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/10/23 01:40 CDT

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

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Update: Monitoring the Weather?

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2006/10/20 12:00 CDT

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.

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Telescope Goes "Semi-Automatic"

Posted by Andrew Howard on 2006/10/20 12:00 CDT

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

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