Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/30 02:32 CST
The two big things happening this month are the launch of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), from Vandenberg Air Force Base no earlier than December 9 at 06:09 PST (15:09 UTC), and the December meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) from the 14th through the 18th.
Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2009/11/30 11:00 CST
The Mars Exploration Rovers managed to make history and uncover history in November and that put both Spirit and Opportunity in the planetary exploration spotlight during the 71st month of an overland expedition that was supposed to be a three-month tour.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/22 05:54 CST
I'm getting to be a broken record here, but I can't stop looking at these photos from the Enceladus flyby.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/21 10:26 CST
Wow, just wow. I didn't know what to expect from the second flyby of Saturn's geyser moon Enceladus in November, which happened yesterday.
I probably crammed too much into today's class: an hour-and-a-half whirlwind tour through the cameras on the rovers and Cassini, how to access their raw images on the Internet, and some basic processing that you can do with each of them.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/19 11:16 CST
Trouble has come time and again to JAXA's little Hayabusa asteroid sample return mission, yet the mission's engineers always come up with new and creative ways to solve problems.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/18 04:58 CST
Since tomorrow's class is going to be on playing with raw images from the rovers and Cassini, I've been playing with recent raw images from the rovers and Cassini! I just thought I'd share a couple of the fun items I've been working with.
Posted by Ken Kremer on 2009/11/18 04:47 CST
Space Shuttle Atlantis and her crew of six rocketed into orbit on Monday (November 16) precisely as planned at 2:28 PM EST from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/17 03:20 CST
Even though all of us rover fans know that Spirit is really, really stuck, I think I'm not the only one who was secretly hoping that today's images downlinked from Spirit would show that the rover had magically popped out of the ground overnight. Of course, she didn't.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/16 02:48 CST
I finally prevailed in hosting the first in my series of classes on processing space images for amateurs this morning, while most people who were not working were probably watching the flawless launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis.