Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/15 09:03 CST
JAXA announcement: Itokawa sample return successful!
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/14 03:26 CST
I couldn't believe these videos when I first saw them: five views from engineering cameras of important events in the Chang'E 2 spacecraft's journey to the Moon.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/11 09:13 CST
I attended all day Tuesday of the Division of Planetary Sciences meeting on October 5. The afternoon session on Tuesday was a grab bag about different small objects in the outermost solar system.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/10 04:46 CST
In the last few days, Opportunity's passed by several craters, and the rover drivers took advantage of the chance encounters for what they call "drive-by shooting" (a phrase I can't say I'm particularly fond of, but they didn't ask me).
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/09 01:13 CST
In which I finally write up last week's Deep Impact Hartley 2 press briefing
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/08 04:48 CST
Several astronomers pointed their telescope at Eris to watch it pass in front of a background star. Occultations permit precise measurement of the diameters of distant, faint objects, and it turned out that Eris was much smaller than previously thought, so much so that its diameter may turn out to be the same as, or even smaller than, Pluto's.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/05 06:17 CDT
Hartley 2 compared to other comets, and in motion 3D
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/04 11:24 CDT
Animation of the five closest-approach Hartley 2 images
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/04 10:58 CDT
Five close-approach images of Hartley 2 by Deep Impact, with commentary
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/04 09:16 CDT
Deep Impact successfully passed closest approach, signal reaquired, data downlinking
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/03 03:39 CDT
Deep Impact's encounter with Hartley 2 is beginning; flyby in 17 hours