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Awesome Mars Express view of Phobos and Deimos together

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."

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Copenhagen Needs More Space - Space Science Has Critical Role to Play in Climate Science

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2009/12/10 04:53 CST

Climate change and Copenhagen are dominating the world news this week, as politicians, diplomats, scientists, and protesters gathered in the Danish city for the 2009 meeting for the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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The Norway Spiral

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/10 12:06 CST

I had a fun conversation with Paul Harris just now on his show at KTRS about the crazy spiral that showed up in Norwegian skies yesterday.

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Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 10: Triton

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/10 11:42 CST

Welcome to the tenth post in my "Advent Calendar" -- I am opening a door each day on a different world in the solar system, and I'll be continuing to do so until New Year's Day.

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Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 9: Atlas

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/09 01:55 CST

Here's another weird-looking one, though it's less weird from this particular, polar point of view than it is when viewed from the side.

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Send Your Name to Venus, now with a certificate!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/09 01:46 CST

I wrote a few weeks ago about a new Send Your Name to Venus campaign conducted by the Akatsuki mission. Now The Planetary Society has arranged with JAXA to collect names and messages on our website.

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Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 8: Itokawa

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/08 12:50 CST

I love this asteroid. It's just so weird-looking.

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Carnival of Space and Planetary Radio

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/08 12:30 CST

This week's Carnival of Space may be found at Steve's Astro Corner.

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Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 7: Jupiter

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/07 03:11 CST

Jupiter has been high overhead at sunset for several months, a brilliant light that's easy to spot even when the sky is still bright at dusk; but it's now moving quickly to the west as Earth speeds ahead of Jupiter's more stately march around the Sun.

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Four hundred and fourteen years since Galileo

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/07 10:43 CST

Galileo, the scientist, discovered the Galilean satellites of Jupiter four hundred years ago next month, while Galileo, the mission, arrived at Jupiter to study those moons in situ fourteen years ago Sunday.

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Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 6: Umbriel

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/06 08:00 CST

Umbriel is the darkest moon in a pretty dark place in the solar system, the Uranus system.

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Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 5: Epimetheus

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/05 09:17 CST

Epimetheus is one of the many small moons of Saturn that are referred to by the Cassini mission team as "rocks" though they are probably mostly made of ice, not rock.

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Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 4: Mercury

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/04 02:41 CST

Mercury is the smallest of the eight planets and, like Uranus and Neptune, has so far been studied only during flyby encounters.

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Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 3: Europa

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/03 04:20 CST

From a distance, Jupiter's fourth largest moon Europa is the smoothest object in the solar system; its outline traces out a perfect circle.

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If Earth had rings

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/03 01:23 CST

I am the very last space blogger in the universe to post about this video, but that doesn't make it any less cool.

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Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 2: Mathilde

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/02 04:42 CST

253 Mathilde is the largest asteroid that has ever been visited by a spacecraft. It's held that distinction for more than twelve years, but next year it'll be upstaged by the considerably larger 21 Lutetia, which Rosetta will fly by on July 10.

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The November/December issue of The Planetary Report is out

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/02 01:34 CST

Members of The Planetary Society, you should now be receiving your November/December issue of The Planetary Report in the mail.

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Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 1: Dione

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/01 04:08 CST

I've always loved advent calendars and the way they both managed and heightened my anticipation of the gift-opening frenzy of Christmas morning.

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Dawn Journal: In the Asteroid Belt, but Far from Asteroids

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2009/12/01 11:22 CST

Dawn entered the main asteroid belt on November 13. As it ventures ever deeper into this vast collection of material between Mars and Jupiter, it may be tempting to think of the spacecraft constantly dodging asteroids.

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