Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/19 05:43 CST
Not quite ten years ago, the Near Earth Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft arrived at the near-Earth asteroid Eros. NEAR accomplished many firsts.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/18 02:19 CST
Here's Neptune, but not quite like you've ever seen it before.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/17 04:28 CST
The Cassini mission announced today the first observation of a specular reflection off of a lake on Titan. A specular reflection is a mirror-like flash, and you only get one when you have a mirror-like surface -- very, very smooth.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/17 12:57 CST
Proteus is a weird name for this world. It's the second-largest moon of Neptune, and so it's named (as are all of Neptune's moons) for deities associated with the sea.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/17 07:49 CST
Hayabusa is still 100 million kilometers from the Earth, less than an astronomical unit away but still with months to travel. But according to an update posted to their websitethis morning by project manager Junichiro Kawaguchi, Hayabusa is on the home stretch.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/16 03:28 CST
Mimas is the anti-Enceladus.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/16 01:01 CST
There are two cool stories circulating today on the theme of discovering new places in the cosmos.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/16 10:21 CST
Here's the information on how to watch the class on how to work with Mars Express VMC images, which I conducted to a small audience this morning.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/15 03:05 CST
Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I've been fiddling with images from the Mars Webcam, more officially known as the Mars Express Visual Monitoring Camera (VMC), for the last couple of weeks.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/15 12:40 CST
We have three orbiters and two rovers currently exploring Mars, each of which returns breathtaking photos on a daily basis.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/15 11:25 CST
I've gotten this question about once a week since Spirit got stuck, but yesterday, two different readers asked the same question within an hour of each other, so I figured it was time for a blog entry.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/14 01:12 CST
The ever-vigilant Doug Ellison just posted this animation, which really actually does show a teeny tiny bit of motion in the right front wheel. If you don't notice any motion, look closer.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/14 11:09 CST
The Moon is the most familiar of the objects in the heavens.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/14 10:22 CST
It was worth my while to get up at 5:15 my time this morning -- I saw a flawless launch of a Delta II from Vandenberg Air Force Base, carrying the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) into orbit.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/13 04:35 CST
If you don't think Pluto gets enough respect, just imagine what it's like to be a satellite of an asteroid.
Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2009/12/13 02:41 CST
In our continuing saga of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO), the scene now switches from Copenhagen to Washington, D.C.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/12 03:17 CST
Cassini's amazing cameras have set a new standard for the quality, sharpness, resolution, beautiful color, and all-around spectacularness of images returned from the outer solar system.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/11 02:54 CST
This is a special post for all of my readers who are lighting the first candle on their menorot this evening.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/11 11:24 CST
My inbox was exploding this morning with messages about a tremendously cool animation released this morning by ESA's Mars Express team. It shows Phobos crossing Deimos, in what's known as a "mutual event."