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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Spirit Turns Wheels, Opportunity Rests at Rare Martian Rock

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.

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Encouraging motion on Spirit

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/19 04:54 CST

It really looks like the second attempt at driving Spirit out of the trap has had the hoped-for result: some forward progress (maybe about a centimeter), and no evidence for further downward sinking.

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Hayabusa's still coming home: JAXA engineers come up with yet another creative solution

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.

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Opportunity's poking at Marquette Island; Cassini's catching dancing moons

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.

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Atlantis Rockets to Orbit on crucial ISS resupply flight

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/18 04:47 CST

Atlantis Rockets to Orbit on crucial ISS resupply flight

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Results of the first "Free Spirit" extrication drive, sol 2088: not much, as expected

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.

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How to download the first imaging class: "Images Are Data"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/16 02:48 CST

How to download the first imaging class: "Images Are Data"

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Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks on the 17th

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/16 02:16 CST

Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks on the 17th

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Rosetta Earth swingby successful

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/13 09:44 CST

Rosetta Earth swingby successful

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LightSail Garners News Headlines

Posted by Susan Lendroth on 2009/11/13 05:33 CST

LightSail Garners News Headlines

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LCROSS team: "Yes, we found water!"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/13 03:55 CST

LCROSS team: "Yes, we found water!"

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STS 129 Astronauts arrive at Cape Canaveral

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/13 01:29 CST

STS 129 Astronauts arrive at Cape Canaveral

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