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Mars Exploration Rover Update: Spirit Silent Still, Opportunity Savors Santa Maria, We Flashback on 2010

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2010/12/31 11:00 CST

The Mars Exploration Rovers are wrapping up another year of exploring their seventh -- having experienced both the best of times and the worst of times: Spirit continued a 10-month struggle to endure its coldest, harshest Martian winter yet; Opportunity set a new record for driving despite an arthritic front wheel and a broken shoulder, putting more miles on her rocker bogie in 2010 than in any other single year.

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Door 31 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/31 09:41 CST

Time to open the thirty-first (and next-to-last) door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system are these dark-rimmed craters?

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Bye bye, Kodachrome, but "Kodak moments" will live on in space

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/31 08:04 CST

This week is the end for Kodachrome film. It's a casualty of the digital revolution.

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Door 30 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/30 03:39 CST

Time to open the thirtieth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this ridged crater?

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The Year in Pictures: 2010

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/30 03:28 CST

I've just posted my annual roundup of significant images from planetary exploration in 2010.

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What's up in the solar system in January 2011 - and the rest of the year in preview

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/30 02:53 CST

Ready for the New Year? It's going to be an exciting one.

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Door 29 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/29 12:25 CST

Time to open the twenty-ninth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this fractured flowing ice?

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A unique look inside the SOFIA telescope and other cool stuff

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/29 12:14 CST

Did you know that before Bill Nye was the Planetary Guy or even the Science Guy he was an aerospace engineer, designing components for the Boeing 747?

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SOHO's 2000th comet

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/29 11:36 CST

SOHO was launched more than 15 years ago to study the Sun, primarily; but a side benefit of its constant observation of the Sun has been its ability to notice "sungrazers," comets that are on deadly close approaches to our star.

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Door 28 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/28 08:37 CST

Time to open the twenty-eighth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this cratered and streaked surface?

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365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: Small Worlds

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/27 03:56 CST

Today the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast aired my contribution, Small Worlds, about the smaller denizens of the solar system visited in the past year, and due to be visited in the next.

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Door 27 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/27 03:48 CST

Time to open the twenty-seventh door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this flat-floored depression?

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1000 Akatsukis; "Faulty valve caused Akatsuki failure"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/27 03:27 CST

In a move that's kind of hard to understand in the wake of the immense public outreach success of the Hayabusa mission, JAXA is closing JAXA i, its public information center in Tokyo today (December 28 in Japan).

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Door 26 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/26 02:00 CST

Time to open the twenty-sixth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this rayed crater?

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Door 25 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/25 12:25 CST

Time to open the twenty-fifth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system are these conjoined craters?

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Door 24 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/24 04:28 CST

Each day until the New Year, I'll be opening a door onto a different landscape from somewhere in the solar system. Where in the solar system are these squirrely spots?

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Door 23 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/23 02:56 CST

Time to open the twenty-third door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this oozing wound?

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Door 22 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/22 03:32 CST

Time to open the twenty-second door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system are these degraded craters?

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Mimas wanders in to view

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/21 02:53 CST

Cassini's busy downlinking photos from yesterday's close pass by Enceladus, including some neat shots of Dione and this one where Mimas skipped briefly in to the field of view.

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Door 21 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/21 12:48 CST

Time to open the twenty-first door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this rumpled blanket?

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