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5...4...3...2...1...1...Happy New Year!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/12/31 01:29 CST

Read that title aloud. Yes, the last minute of 2005 is actually 61 seconds long.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Spirit Descends Husband Hill as Opportunity Works at a Standstill on Olympia

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2005/12/30 11:00 CST

The Mars Exploration Rovers have each completed their first Mars Year (687 Earth days) and are close to completing their second Earth year exploring their respective sites on the Red Planet. With both Spirit and Opportunity finding new variations of bedrock in the areas they are exploring, the mission is continuing to send the team holiday gifts in the form of intriguing discoveries.

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A debate in Meridiani Planum

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/12/24 08:30 CST

There was a big news splash about two articles that appeared in Nature about Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's landing site. The articles suggest two theories for the formation of the layered sulfur-rich deposits at Meridiani Planum that do not involve standing liquid water.

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A nap for Venus Express

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/12/22 06:17 CST

According to the latest Venus Express Status Reporton ESA's website, the Near Earth Commissioning Phase of the mission has been completed successfully, and the spacecraft is going to be napping for a few weeks as it continues to cruise toward Venus.

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(Almost) everything you ever wanted to know about New Horizons and Pluto

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/12/20 05:56 CST

I was browsing around the Web today looking for material to improve the information we have on our site about Pluto, and discovered that the New Horizons mission has just posted their launch press kit.

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MESSENGER's first big deep space maneuver was successful

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/12/12 12:58 CST

The Applied Physics Laboratory announced today that MESSENGER's first "Deep Space Manuever" was successful, putting the Mercury orbiter on track for an October 24, 2006 flyby of Venus.

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Analyzing the first published Huygens results

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/12/02 03:26 CST

I am working my way steadily through the seven Huygens papers that were released by Nature magazine Wednesday on their "Advance online publication" website.

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Update: Getting Started

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2005/12/02 11:00 CST

The Planetary Society solar sail team is working to try again to fly the world’s first solar sail spacecraft.

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