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Hubble sees both of Saturn's aurorae

Emily Lakdawalla • February 12, 2010

Yesterday, the European wing of the Hubble PR machine released this cool image of Saturn and its aurorae, with an associated video.

Find pics and track the rovers in Google Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • February 11, 2010

I think a goodly proportion of you readers have already figured this out for yourselves since it was launched last March, but I didn't download and install it until last weekend, so this is new to me: Google Mars is awesome.

Dawn Journal: Thruster Two's Time to Shine

Marc Rayman • February 10, 2010

Dawn is outfitted with three ion thrusters, assigned the heartwarming names thruster #1, thruster #2, and thruster #3.

Endeavour Launch Ignites Night Sky

Ken Kremer • February 09, 2010

Planetary Society volunteer Ken Kremer is reporting for us from the Kennedy Space Center, where he is covering the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour, set to launch this weekend.

A Space Carnival (#140) and some new names for Enceladus

Emily Lakdawalla • February 09, 2010

This week the Carnival of Space is over at one of my favorite new blogs, Lights in the Dark. Actually it's not so new -- evidently this week marks its first anniversary!

Pretty picture: Opportunity around Concepcion

Emily Lakdawalla • February 09, 2010

Here's a neat picture from Opportunity, a panorama composed of its wide-angle, mast-mounted Navcam cameras, showing the crater Concepcion.

WISE has found its first comet, P/2010 B2 (WISE)

Emily Lakdawalla • February 08, 2010

Having discovered its first asteroid on January 12, Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has now officially discovered its first comet, P/2010 B2 (WISE).

Manic Monday: Chocolate Hills, Io, and NASA's budget

Emily Lakdawalla • February 08, 2010

Although I am not suffering under the "snowpocalypse" on the East Coast, I woke up to Monday absolutely buried under a massive pile of things to do for both home and work, and it looks like it's going to take me a few days to dig out. So, with apologies, I'm going to make today's post a linky one.

That's a lot of motion for a "stuck" rover!

Emily Lakdawalla • February 06, 2010

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory posted a video to YouTube today showing what seems to be a remarkable amount of motion out of Spirit lately, especially given that she's supposed to be a "stationary science platform" now.

New maps of Pluto show pretty amazing amounts of surface change

Emily Lakdawalla • February 04, 2010

I just posted my writeup of today's press briefing on a new map of Pluto produced from Hubble images. The main conclusion was that Pluto has shown an astonishing amount of changes across its surface between 1994 and 2002 -- more, in fact, than any other solid surface in the solar system.

Way-cool Martian flyovers by Doug Ellison

Emily Lakdawalla • February 04, 2010

Doug Ellison has been playing with Martian digital terrain models recently, to great effect.

Endeavour Crew Arrives at KSC

Ken Kremer • February 03, 2010

The crew for the STS-130 flight of shuttle Endeavour arrived at the Kennedy Space Center late in the evening on Tuesday February 2. Blastoff is slated for February 7 at 4:39 AM and will be the final night time shuttle launch.

Hooray! Cassini's tour has been extended for SEVEN MORE YEARS!

Emily Lakdawalla and John Spencer • February 03, 2010

NASA has just announced that once Cassini's Equinox Mission runs out in June of this year, they will extend it a further seven more years, long enough for the spacecraft to see Saturn through its solstice!!

Spectacular Hubble view of the aftermath of an asteroid collision

Emily Lakdawalla • February 02, 2010

Hubble has caught an astonishing view of something that's never before been observed, the aftermath of a collision between two asteroids in the main belt.

Mars Express animation of Phobos' shadow transiting Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • February 02, 2010

For the first time ever, Mars Express' Visual Monitoring Camera has imaged the shadow of Mars' moon Phobos crossing the surface of Mars.

Planetary Society Urges Congress to Endorse NASA Budget

Louis D. Friedman • February 01, 2010

The Planetary Society today issued a statement supporting the budget increase for NASA and the Administration's proposal to involve the commercial industry in human space flight.

What's up in the solar system in February 2010

Emily Lakdawalla • February 01, 2010

Probably the biggest topic of discussion this month will concern the news contained within the President's proposed fiscal year 2011 budget, about which there was a NASA press conference this morning.

This blog now has comments!

Emily Lakdawalla • February 01, 2010

Every once in a while I get an email from a reader expressing irritation with the fact that this blog doesn't permit comments. The reasons have always been technical/financial, not philosophical.

A pretty picture of Concepcion crater

Emily Lakdawalla • February 01, 2010

It looks like the rover team thinks Concepcion is pretty enough (in both aesthetic and a scientific senses) to be worthy of the full-color Pancam panorama treatment; color frames started arriving on Earth over the weekend.

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