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JAXA announcement: Itokawa sample return successful!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/15 09:03 CST

JAXA announcement: Itokawa sample return successful!

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Five amazing engineering camera videos from Chang'E 2

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.

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First pictures from Chang'E 2 released

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/12 10:57 CST

First pictures from Chang'E 2 released

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The Disturbance is Starting

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/11 10:48 CST

Jupiter's faded belt may be coming back.

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DPS 2010: Centaurs and Trans-Neptunian objects

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.

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Opportunity bags a few craters

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).

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WISE's first brown (green?) dwarf

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/09 05:05 CST

WISE's first brown (green?) dwarf

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An awesome animation of Jupiter's clouds

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/09 02:18 CST

An awesome animation of Jupiter's clouds

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In which I finally write up last week's Deep Impact Hartley 2 press briefing

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

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Eris might be smaller than Pluto after all (but it's still more massive)

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.

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Fly over Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/08 11:19 CST

Fly over Mars

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Hartley 2 compared to other comets, and in motion 3D

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/05 06:17 CDT

Hartley 2 compared to other comets, and in motion 3D

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Discovery Launch Scrubbed, Again

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2010/11/05 02:54 CDT

The launch has been scrubbed once again due to a critical hydrogen leak detected once fueling had been underway for a while.

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Days of Downs and Ups

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2010/11/04 10:47 CDT

Discovery has suffered an electrical problem related to one of the main engines. Thanks to delays related to that, and to weather concerns, the launch was scrubbed until Friday at 3:04pm.

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Hartley 2's jets

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/04 04:44 CDT

Hartley 2's jets

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Animation of the five closest-approach Hartley 2 images

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/04 11:24 CDT

Animation of the five closest-approach Hartley 2 images

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Five close-approach images of Hartley 2 by Deep Impact, with commentary

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/04 10:58 CDT

Five close-approach images of Hartley 2 by Deep Impact, with commentary

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Close approach images of Hartley 2!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/04 10:24 CDT

Close approach images of Hartley 2!

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Deep Impact successfully passed closest approach, signal reaquired, data downlinking

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/04 09:16 CDT

Deep Impact successfully passed closest approach, signal reaquired, data downlinking

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Deep Impact's encounter with Hartley 2 is beginning; flyby in 17 hours

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/03 03:39 CDT

Deep Impact's encounter with Hartley 2 is beginning; flyby in 17 hours

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