Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2010/11/30 11:00 CST
The Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) forged on in November, their 83rd month of an expedition originally planned for three months: Spirit remained silent at Gusev Crater presumably still re-charging her batteries, as Opportunity roved through a field of craters pressing on toward Endeavour Crater, quietly claiming title along the way to being the first roving robot to drive 25 kilometers on Mars.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/29 08:38 CST
This was a fun image released by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera science team. Take a look at it and see if you can figure out what the significance of the red arrow is.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/24 06:37 CST
I'm surprised no one's emailed me demanding the last batch of Voyager mission status bulletins! Well, here they are.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/23 07:41 CST
Europe is apparently of the mind that science and technology will help to carry them out of tough economic times, and has made three-year commitments to continue the in-space operations of 11 missions through 2014.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/22 04:18 CST
Two brief but significant news items today made me stop and think about how far we've come in space travel.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/22 04:09 CST
Ever since I first saw Tyler Nordgren's awe-inspiring photographs of the Milky Way arching above the natural wonders of the national parks, I knew I wanted them on my wall. Well, now I can get them, and you can too.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/18 01:52 CST
Today the Deep Impact/EPOXI science team held a press briefing that followed up on their very successful flyby of two weeks ago, a status report on what they can say so far about the science that's coming out of the encounter.
Just in time for today's Deep Impact press briefing, which you can watch on NASA TV in a few minutes: I've updated my montage of all the asteroids and comets that have been visited and photographed to include Hartley 2.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/17 04:36 CST
Since I posted an update Monday about JAXA confirming extraterrestrial samples in the Hayabusa sample return capsule, JAXA has posted an English-language version of their press release, which contains a bit more information.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/17 10:39 CST
Today the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast aired my contribution, What's in a Science Meeting?, about what scientists do at big meetings like the Division of Planetary Sciences.